As part of the Cambridge Conservation Initiative's strategic vision for addressing global environmental challenges, the University of Cambridge and its partners have developed a unique interdisciplinary Masters in Conservation Leadership Programme that:
- Addresses the challenges of conservation in an integrated and interdisciplinary manner, focused on an understanding of the root causes of ecosystem change and biodiversity loss.
- Provides participants with experiential learning through interaction with leaders in conservation organisations, businesses and governments across a wide range of sectors from around the world.
- Focuses on professional management and leadership skills including strategic planning, finance and HR management/planning, innovation, entrepreneurship and the management of change.
- Develops skills in advocacy, communication and lobbying, as an integral part of the learning programme.
- Provides participants with first-hand exposure to conservation leadership challenges in the real world by working in placements alongside conservation professionals, including in developing countries.
The Cambridge Masters in Conservation Leadership welcomed its first students in October 2010 and currently the third cohort of 17 students from 17 countries is pursuing this unique course. The outcomes of the course are twofold:
- To equip conservation leaders with the strategic skills that they need for effective action by their organisations
- To build a networked global community of conservation leaders who will be a force for change
A generous gift from the MAVA Fondation pour la Protection de la Nature has allowed the establishment of a fund to support the Masters in Conservation Leadership over a period of 11 years.
A futher generous gift from Arcadia has allowed the establishment of the Miriam Rothschild Scholarship Programme in Conservation Leadership, which has the aim of supporting students from developing countries rich in biodiversity to follow the course.
Based in the Department of Geography, University of Cambridge, the course involves teaching and lectures by colleagues from six departments across the University and from nine Cambridge-based conservation organisations and networks.