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  • BP Conservation Leadership Programme

    Melanie Colón

    The Conservation Leadership Programme (CLP) was initiated in 1985 in response to the need for additional scientific data on threatened species. The programme focused on sponsoring UK university students to collect data on biological diversity overseas during their summer break. Over time, the programme has evolved to address changing conservation needs, and has become an international capacity building programme supporting young conservationists, the majority of whom are working in their own countries, to undertake applied biodiversity projects in less developed countries.


    The Conservation Leadership Programme (CLP) is a partnership initiative that includes four conservation organisations – BirdLife International, Conservation International, Fauna & Flora International, the Wildlife Conservation Society - and BP plc. The mission of the Conservation Leadership Programme is to promote the development of future conservation leaders and provide them with the capacity to address the most significant conservation issues of our time.

    To achieve this mission, the CLP has the following key objectives:

    • Identify, train and mentor future conservation leaders who demonstrate a commitment to conservation and sustainable development
    • Support practical conservation projects that address priority issues, deliver and communicate conservation results and build local capacity
    • Facilitate a global conservation network to support continued professional development, promote collaboration and ensure long-term sustainability

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