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Conservation leaders to gather in Bellingham, Washington, USA for a month-long fellowship exploring market approaches to environmental issues.

CHICAGO, IL, April 4, 2007 --/WORLD-WIRE/--
Kinship Conservation Fellows announced today the selection of their sixth cohort of Fellows. Of the 18 Fellows, 11 come from the United States, while the others hail from Australia, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Hungary, India, Madagascar, the Philippines and Sri Lanka.

All will gather at Western Washington Universityís Bellingham Campus from June 21st through July 21st, 2007 for an intensive and unique opportunity to develop leadership skills, interact on a one-on-one basis with an elite faculty, develop a project of importance to their work and enjoy the fellowship of a dynamic learning community.

"Applicants represented an amazing range of backgrounds and interests from all regions of the world. Those named as Fellows will have the opportunity to develop on-the-ground projects in topics such as sustainable development, collaborative conservation, and innovative finance mechanisms to promote conservation," said Steven Yaffee, Kinship Conservation Fellows Advisory Council member and Theodore Roosevelt Professor of Ecosystem Management at the University of Michigan.

Typically, Kinship Fellows are conservation leaders with at least five years work experience, a deep commitment to conservation values and an interest in learning about market approaches to environmental issues. All Fellows have had some exposure to business and economic principles and work in an environment where these principles can be integrated with conservation work after their fellowship is over.

During their month at Kinship, Fellows have direct access to leaders responsible for the design, implementation and evaluation of conservation programs worldwide. The programís mix of seminars, working groups and independent research periods, along with an active fieldwork component that combines market tools, collaborative planning and community driven programs, provides Fellows with the opportunity to respond to complex conservation issues within a real-world context

Highlights of the Kinship Fellows Program include:

  • Renowned faculty
  • Focus on market-based approaches
  • Development of leadership, business and economic skills
  • Hands-on project development
  • Fellows Network
  • $4,500 stipend, lodging and meals

In 2006, Kinship Conservation Fellows became the new name for the groundbreaking program that launched in 2001 as the Kinship Conservation Institute. Kinshipís mission is to develop a community of leaders dedicated to applying market-based principles to environmental issues.

For more information about Kinship Conservation Fellows visit

Renee Michaels
(847) 714-1702

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