CMS Hosts Klaus Töpfer Fellows at UN Premises in Bonn

Bonn, 8 March 2019 – A group of 19 fellows and two supervisors from the Klaus Töpfer Fellowship Programme yesterday visited Langer Eugen (“Tall Eugene”), the building that houses the Secretariats of the Bonn-based CMS Family. 

The visit was part of the Klaus Töpfer Fellowship Programme, which is an extra-occupational training programme for emerging nature conservation leaders from Central and Eastern Europe, the Caucasus and Central Asia. It is funded by the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety and implemented by its Federal Agency for Nature Conservation (BfN), in collaboration with the IUCN (the World Conservation Union), the Secretariats of the Convention on Biological Diversity and CMS, the UNEP–World Conservation Monitoring Centre and additional international partners.

The programme takes an integrated approach to the development of the personal capacity of early-career conservation professionals, by combining technical learning, management training and network development support. It focuses on individuals with outstanding leadership potential while promoting the participants’ commitment and contribution to their home institutions.

The programme aims at enabling its fellows to work effectively in leading positions in the biodiversity conservation sector of their home countries, and to be actively involved in international conservation processes and networks. After graduation, fellows become part of a growing network of leaders in the field of nature conservation.

During their visit at “Langer Eugen”, the fellows heard presentations on the Convention and the wider CMS Family from Clara Nobbe, Head of the Terrestrial Species Team, on the Central Asian Mammals Initiative from its coordinator, Christiane Röttger, and from María José Ortiz, the Programme Officer responsible for the National Legislation Programme and Review Mechanism. Andreas Streit, Executive Secretary of EUROBATS and Florian Keil from the African-Eurasian Waterbird Agreement (AEWA) also joined the group to help answer questions relating to bat and waterbird conservation respectively. In the following discussions, the fellows discussed a number of interesting questions related to the implementation of CMS in their home countries and ways for mutual support.

More information on the Klaus Töpfer Fellowship Programme can be found on the BfN’s website. The programme is named after Professor Klaus Töpfer, former Minister of the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety in Germany (1987-1994) and UNEP Executive Director (1997-2006).


Last updated on 23 April 2019