Thursday, 8 March 2012

Alfred Toepfer Natural Heritage Scholarships 2012

The Alfred Toepfer Natural Heritage Scholarships 2012 are now open for applications. These scholarships are awarded at the annual EUROPARC Conference, which will be organized in Genk, Belgium from 22nd to 25th October 2012.

The award offers three young European conservationists with €3000 to undertake a study visit to one or more protected areas in European countries other than their own. These scholarships are awarded by the Alfred Toepfer Foundation and the EUROPARC Federation.

The €3000, donated by the Alfred Toepfer Foundation (DE), gives successful scholars the opportunity to gather experience and strengthen their networks. Applicants must be under age 35, of European nationality and themes for applications must be connected to the management of natural areas. All organizational aspects as the selection of candidates are conducted out by the EUROPARC Federation.

The Scholarships enhance international cooperation and advance the quality, innovation and European dimension of the management of natural areas as national parks. At the end of their study visit the scholars should produce a report on their findings which will be shared with practitioners in charge of managing Europe’s natural heritage.

The scholarships were awarded to three individuals from Hungary, Scotland and Belgium. The topics the scholars are currently researching are, management techniques in protected areas, the creation of European partnerships and information sharing in the field of grazing management and improvement of communication between World Heritage marine sites in the Mediterranean Sea.
The deadline for applications is Friday May 11th 2012.
For further information, visit the link.

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