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<p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom:10.0pt;line-height:115%">The Earth Skills Network: Funded training and mentoring in business planning and organisational management, for Protected Area staff.<o:p></o:p></p>
<p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom:10.0pt;line-height:115%">Please share this training opportunity within your Africa Protected Area network – terrestrial or marine protected areas.<o:p></o:p></p>
<p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom:10.0pt;line-height:115%">The Earth Skills Network (ESN) is a collaboration between Earthwatch Institute, UNESCO, IUCN and the business community, which connects business leaders and conservation managers through mentoring
 and skill-sharing opportunities. <o:p></o:p></p>
<p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom:10.0pt;line-height:115%">Protected areas are the cornerstone of international efforts to meet ambitious global conservation targets, yet they face numerous challenges. Most protected area site managers are trained biologists
 with several years of field experience, however effectively managing protected areas requires additional skill sets, which that are not always part of traditional staff training. Management challenges go beyond ecosystem health and include those related to
 running a site’s organisational systems and processes. If a protected area lacks organisational effectiveness then it will be compromised in its ability to deliver on management objectives.<o:p></o:p></p>
<p class="MsoNormal" style="line-height:115%">By joining the Earth Skills Network Protected Area staff can:
<o:p></o:p></p>
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Access a fully-funded, in-depth training programme in business planning and effective management.<o:p></o:p></li><li class="MsoNormalCxSpMiddle" style="margin-bottom:10.0pt;mso-add-space:auto;line-height:115%;mso-list:l1 level1 lfo3">
Receive mentoring from an expert with significant business experience in an international organisation.
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Support the professional development of staff, helping them to develop the leadership competencies required to put the skills they have developed into practise.<o:p></o:p></li><li class="MsoNormalCxSpMiddle" style="margin-bottom:10.0pt;mso-add-space:auto;line-height:115%;mso-list:l1 level1 lfo3">
Network, connect with and support staff from other African protected areas.<o:p></o:p></li></ul>
<p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom:10.0pt;line-height:115%">Training is available to Protected Areas, World Heritage Sites, protected area agencies or management authorities in Africa.  The programme is structured around a 10 day residential training
 course, which (in 2014) takes place in Mpala, Kenya.<o:p></o:p></p>
<p class="MsoNormal" style="line-height:115%">The application period is open until the 28th March (extensions considered on request) and application materials are on the Earthwatch website:
<a href="http://www.earthwatch.org/earth-skills-network">www.earthwatch.org/earth-skills-network</a>.
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<a href="mailto:jcousins@earthwatch.org.uk">jcousins@earthwatch.org.uk</a><o:p></o:p></p>
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