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The Earth Skills network is a unique partnership between the conservation world and business, which provides an opportunity for your organisation to:
The Earth Skills Network seeks to partner trained business mentors from industry with protected area managers, offering insights and training from the corporate world to help sites meet some of their daily organisational challenges.
We welcome applications from IUCN Natural Protected Areas, UNESCO World Heritage Sites (includes sites on the tentative list), Protected Area Agencies and Management Authorities. The programme is fully funded, but your organisation will need to be fully committed, at a senior level, to be considered for receiving this training award.
Earthwatch, UNESCO and IUCN are working together with the corporate sector to apply business skills to support natural protected areas. In 2014, up to nine protected areas will benefit from the input of business planning guidance, personal skills development and support for the duration of one year. Business mentors will work with three of your staff to address the specific organisational management challenges you face, supporting your site to develop a more strategic approach to planning.
Kishore Rao - Director World Heritage Centre
The Earth Skills Network is the evolution of the successful Business Skills for World Sites Heritage programme which ran between 2009 and 2013. In partnership with Royal Dutch Shell and UNESCO, Earthwatch trained 27 business mentors who were paired with 27 UNESCO World Heritage Sites or Sites working towards World Heritage Site status. This equates to 77 site staff trained in business skills.
The Earth Skills Network seeks to expand the reach of this highly successful programme to all natural protected areas (in addition to World Heritage Sites) and is welcoming new corporate members.
Fred, Mentee, Uganda
Find out more about the successes and impacts of the programme
This programme is an opportunity for you to:
And don't forget:
If the answer to these questions is yes, please click here for a full application pack laying out the details of the programme and an application form.
If you want to get involved or just need more information, then see information below:
For Protected Areas:
Read about the programme successes:
As an Earth Skills Network Protected Area, you will be partnered with a Mentor who you will work with for at least one year, to develop business solutions that will improve the management effectiveness of this site.
Protected Areas selection & matched with relevant Mentors from partner organisations.
Business skills transfer from mentors to Protected Area managers during a 10 day training event.
Mentoring support for mentees for at least 12 months. All supported by the Earth Skills Network staff.
Community of mentors and mentees combine to create a network dedicated to enhancing the management of Protected Areas.