EFN has supported over 2,100 local conservationists to pursue graduate degrees and attend short-term trainings, and more than 600 local organizations to conduct workshops.
Building Conservation Leaders
EFN is building the next generation of conservation leaders committed to protecting the world’s most biologically diverse places. EFN supports conservationists to pursue graduate studies, attend short-term training courses, and build institutional capacity to train local communities in WWF priority places. EFN is one of the largest conservation fellowship programs and provides significant support to participants to attend the world's top conservation training courses on important topics such as climate change, conservation finance, protected area management, and REDD.
Celebrating 25 years of conservation success
This year marks the 25th anniversary of EFN. To date, the program has invested more than $22 million to support over 2,700 individuals and organizations from 57 countries around the world. These individuals and organizations play a key role in not only protecting species and habitats, but also leading research, communicating science, changing policy, and mentoring the next generation of conservationists in their countries. EFN alumni are tackling critical environmental challenges while also making the conservation community more diverse and impactful than ever before.
The Train Legacy
Russell E. Train, renowned conservationist and EFN’s namesake, passed away in 2012. Supporters from around the globe sent meaningful and generous donations toward continuing his legacy of building conservation capacity worldwide. These memorial contributions are being used to support the Russell E. Train Legacy Program.
On July 7, 2017, Aileen Bowdoin Train, passed away peacefully in her home. She was an early champion of conservation who dedicated her life to the protection of wildlife and wild places around the world. Both Mr. and Mrs. Train shared a profound commitment to building local conservation leadership and institutions throughout the world. Every day, EFN works to fulfill their vision of putting ownership of natural resources in local hands.
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