The Indigenous Leaders Conservation Fellowship is sponsored by Conservation International to create opportunities for leaders and scholars from indigenous and traditional people's communities and organisations to explore solutions to the impacts of climate change and the threats to ecosystems and biodiversity that are affecting their lands, communities, and livelihoods.
The programme will focus on supporting the Fellows' research and demonstration of the contribution of traditional knowledge in adapting to climate change and maintaining healthy ecosystems, and how that knowledge can work with science and new technologies to influence policy and action. Specific research topics are linked to applicants from specific countries, as detailed in the application information.
This year-long fellowship will be offered to four candidates. Two fellowships will be awarded within the topic of biodiversity, and two within the topic of climate change. The Fellows will design research projects and produce reports about the potential contributions of their communities/organisations to biodiversity conservation plans and policies and strategies for climate change mitigation and adaptation. Each research project must incorporate the contribution of traditional knowledge and practices. To accomplish this research project, each fellow will work directly with her/his own community or local indigenous /traditional organisation.
Applicants must be a member of an indigenous/traditional community and/or organisation. Fellows must choose between two categories: Biodiversity Conservation or Climate Change. Furthermore, each topic is geographically specific.
- For individuals interested in biodiversity conservation: Applicants should focus proposals in the following areas: management of community conserved lands/indigenous territories and/or community managed marine areas, traditional knowledge, or development of community protocols for issues of access and benefit sharing. Applicants will be considered from the following countries: Colombia, Brazil, Ecuador, Peru, Bolivia, Guyana, Suriname, Papua New Guinea, New Caledonia, Samoa, Fiji, Democratic Republic of Congo, Botswana, South Africa, Cambodia, Guatemala, Panama, Costa Rica, and Mexico.
- For individuals interested in climate change, applicants should focus proposals in the following two areas:
- Adaptation: Applicants should focus on community efforts to engage in adaptation through ecosystem-based approaches (ensuring that the value and needs of ecosystems be included in decision making) and participatory processes. This could include looking at how to integrate traditional and local knowledge and scientific information to understand climate risk and potential adaptation actions. Applications for the Adaptation Fellowship will be considered from the following countries: South Africa, Democratic Republic of Congo, Botswana, Madagascar, Suriname, Guyana, Colombia, Indonesia, Samoa, and Philippines.
- Mitigation: Applications should focus on the role of forest in mitigating climate change, traditional knowledge in maintaining forest and/or the contributions of traditional knowledge to reduced emissions for deforestation and forest degradation. Applications will be considered from the following countries: Indonesia, Guyana, Peru, Brazil, Ecuador, Liberia, Democratic Republic of Congo, Madagascar, and Suriname.
There are no age or gender limitations to this fellowship, but Fellows must be flexible and able to travel nationally and internationally.
Scholarship and Job listserv, April 30 2010, and email from Adrienne McKeehan to The Communication Initiative on April 30 2010.