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Dominican joins Conservation Leadership Fellows Program

by: - May 29, 2015
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Machel Sulton is an amphibian officer in the Forestry, Wildlife and Parks Division (file photo)

Machel Sulton is an amphibian officer in the Forestry, Wildlife and Parks Division (file photo)

Machel Sulton from the Forestry, Wildlife & Parks Division has been selected as a participant in the 2015 Conservation Leadership in the Caribbean (CLiC) Fellows Program.

Funded in part by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) and supported by the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW), CLiC is an opportunity for up-and-coming conservation professionals in the wider Caribbean to gain invaluable skills and experience working with proven conservation leaders.

The program is scheduled to commence on 4 June 2015 at the St. George’s University in with a three-day training workshop followed by a ten-day short course on the Open Standards for the Practice of Conservation.

Graduates will become future conservation leaders of the Caribbean with the competence necessary to lead on critical issues facing wildlife in the region.

In addition to three training sessions over a two-year period, fellows will work in teams to design, implement and evaluate selected projects in biodiversity conservation for sustainable development in the Caribbean.

They will have access to qualified training experts who will help guide them on this journey and who will provide one-on-one mentoring, networking opportunities and career development.

“I am honored to be among those participating in this program,” said Sulton adding that CLiC will allow him to further update his knowledge in the field of conservation.

“This course will equip me with the latest conservation techniques to design action plans and conservation strategy, implement and evaluate conservation programs around the Caribbean and to also to carry out proper conservation method to preserve our natural reason and to use them in a sustainable way. This course will definitely benefit both me and my department of Forestry, Wildlife & Parks Division,” Sultan said.

Kelvin Alie, the director of CLiC and Wildlife Trade Manager at IFAW said this program “directly addresses the critical need for a new generation of wildlife and conservation leaders throughout the Caribbean and Latin America who as today’s young leaders do not have adequate access to opportunities to experience and practice conservation in areas such as development, communications or grassroots activities”.

The other CLiC fellows come from a number of countries to include Anguilla, Antigua & Barbuda, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Bonaire, Grenada, Guatemala, Jamaica, Malaysia, Nicaragua and Trinidad & Tobago.

The goal of the Conservation Leadership in the Caribbean (CLiC) fellows program is to have an established, sustainable Caribbean leadership-training program enabling effective regional networking and action to achieve sustainable conservation.