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News Nature Scholarship for Young European Conservationists now open

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Source LIFE
Release date 02/02/2012
Geographical coverage European Union,
Keywords conservation of biodiversity,conservation,conservation biology,

The Alfred Toepfer Natural Heritage Scholarships 2012 are now open for applications! The award provides three young European conservationists with €3 000 to undertake a study visit to one or more protected area located in a European country other than his/her own. They are awarded by the Alfred Toepfer Foundation and the EUROPARC Federation. The deadline for applications is 11 May, 2012.

The €3 000, donated by the Alfred Toepfer Foundation (DE), gives successful scholars the chance to gather experience and strengthen their networks. Applicants must be under 35 and of European nationality, and themes for applications must be connected to the management of natural areas. Some guidelines to what these should be are provided. Applications can be filled in online at All organisational aspects, such as the selection of candidates, are carried out by the EUROPARC Federation.

The scholarships enhance international cooperation and advance the quality, innovation and European dimension of the management of natural areas, such as national parks. At the end of their study visit the scholars must produce a report on their findings which will be shared with practitioners in charge of managing Europe’s natural heritage. They are awarded at the annual EUROPARC Conference, which will be held in Genk, Belgium, 22 –25 October, 2012.

In 2011 the scholarships were awarded to individuals from Hungary, Scotland and Belgium. The scholars are currently researching: 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.

Please note that this information has expired.

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