Covering more than 15 per cent of the world’s land surface and eight per cent of the oceans, protected areas are the cornerstone of international efforts to conserve biodiversity. They offer a lifeline to some of the most precious and threatened places on earth and safeguard vital ecosystem services, upon which communities and businesses depend.
Yet protected areas face a broad range of challenges, and evidence from the IUCN demonstrates that many sites are struggling to meet minimum standards, potentially leading to ineffective conservation. Lack of staff training in business planning and other key organisational skills is a significant contributing factor to this, but employees rarely get the opportunity for training in this area.
Companies have a wealth of experienced staff and devote significant resources on training for effective business management. Yet there are often few opportunities for their managers to consider the value of natural capital to the business.
The Earth Skills Network bridges this gap by bringing together leaders from the business world with protected area managers, in a mentor-mentee relationship, to share knowledge and transfer key business skills.
The network makes the following possible:
- Sharing key business skills that can strengthen management of the world’s most precious natural areas
- Facilitating open and constructive dialogue between leaders from the conservation and business communities to support mutual learning and understanding
- Providing corporate employees with the chance to sharpen professional competencies and better understand business risks, impact and dependencies within the context of protected areas
TRAINING OPPORTUNITIES IN 2016
To find out more about opportunities to join the Earth Skills Network in 2016 and to apply, please follow the relevant link below.