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Russell E. Train Education for Nature

Overview

 

2,500

Grants

EFN has supported more than 2,500 individuals & organizations around the world and counts among its many outstanding grantees, Laos's first primatologist, Gabon's only female national park warden & Peru's leading orchid expert.

WWF knows that investing in training and education is critical for biodiversity conservation. That's why for over two decades the Russell E. Train Education for Nature Program (EFN) has been providing financial support to proven and potential conservation leaders in Africa, Asia, and Latin America to gain the skills and knowledge they need to address the conservation challenges in their home countries. EFN supports conservationists to pursue graduate studies, attend short-term training courses, and train local communities in WWF priority places.

Started in 1994 to honor the late Russell E. Train, founder, president, and chairman of the board of WWF. EFN upholds Mr. Train’s vision of putting ownership of natural resources in local hands in the work it does every day. Click here to learn more about Mr. Train.

 

WWF welcomes the 2017 class of conservation leaders

WWF would like to congratulate the recipients of the 2017 Russell E. Train Fellowship. Funded by the Russell E. Train Education for Nature Program (EFN), Train Fellows pursue their graduate degrees in conservation-related fields anywhere in the world and then return to their home countries better equipped to take on global conservation challenges.

Gabriela Barragán Altamirano in the field

What WWF Is Doing

The Impact

EFN has supported over 1,900 local conservationists to pursue graduate degrees and attend short-term trainings, and more than 615 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 conservation leaders 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.

Expanding EFN's Success

As EFN moves forward, it is increasing its investment in women, indigenous people and other underserved groups. To honor Mr. Train's life, we have set a bold new goal of doubling the number of grantees funded per year. Through EFN, WWF is building the future of conservation one person at a time.

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.

How You Can Help

Memorial contributions may be made to the Russell E. Train Education for Nature Program.

I believe the most important thing we can do for conservation worldwide is to invest in the training of men and women to manage their own natural resources.

Russell E. Train Former Founder and Chairman Emeritus of World Wildlife Fund

Projects

  • Reforestation Grants

    EFN, with generous funding from The UPS Foundation, has launched a special grant opportunity focused on supporting communities in regaining ecological integrity and enhancing human wellbeing in deforested or degraded forest landscapes through forest restoration.

  • Mr. Russell E. Train and Education for Nature (EFN)

    Remembering Mr. Russell E. Train, founder, past president, and past chairman emeritus passed away on September 17, 2012 at the age of 92.

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