Russell E. Train Education for Nature

Overview

 

2,700

Grants

EFN has supported more than 2,700 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 25 years the Russell E. Train Education for Nature Program (EFN) has been providing financial support to 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 2020 class of conservation leaders

Thirteen inspirational conservationists from six countries will use their expertise to protect species, fill research gaps, and conserve the world’s most critical ecosystems.

2020 EFN Fellow Fransiska Kangombe

What WWF Is Doing

The Impact

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

Today’s conservation challenges are more complex than ever before and require advanced skills and knowledge to tackle. Through EFN, WWF is building the next generation of conservation leaders who are committed to addressing these challenges and protecting the world’s most biologically diverse places. With funding from WWF, conservationists can pursue graduate studies, attend short-term training courses, and build institutional capacity to train local communities.

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.

Advancing Reforestation and Restoration Efforts Globally

Forest restoration workshop participants review data

To address the complex demands that forests face, WWF supports locally-based organizations in some of the world’s most biodiverse forests to conduct reforestation and restoration activities. Relying primarily on native tree species, funded projects have planted over 2 million trees on more than 1,000 hectares of degraded tropical forests and wetlands and trained 17,000+ community members. Additionally, in partnership with leading training providers, WWF also brings together current and past grant recipients to participate in a five-day practitioner workshop to build skills, share best practices, and strengthen the restoration alumni network. 

Strengthening Alumni Connections

EFN alumni are tackling critical environmental challenges while also making the conservation community more diverse and impactful than ever before. WWF is committed to ensuring alumni continue to advance in their careers and become a voice for conservation by providing ongoing support for education, training, and research opportunities.

EFN also works to establish a professional network for alumni through our LinkedIn and Facebook pages. These platforms provide program news and information about upcoming grant opportunities, conferences, and training courses for conservationists worldwide. These groups are open to all alumni to connect to others in their field, country, or region. We encourage alumni to join and stay connected.

Remembering 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.

In 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.

How You Can Help

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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