The Future Leaders Network prepares young and rising scientists for their future roles in dealing with the environment, and the social and economic challenges facing coastal communities. It equips tomorrow’s leaders with skills to solve problems facing tropical marine ecosystems, and to create lasting solutions across disciplines and boundaries.
The Future Leaders Network is a hub of collaboration between young professionals in coastal and marine natural resource management. It helps those with critical knowledge, technology and other resources to find and collaborate with individuals who will be entering influential leadership roles within their respective countries.
Participants work in the field under the guidance of experienced mentors — coming together to tackle a problem and learn at the same time. This collaborative training has provided an opportunity for group exploration of pressing issues in marine and coastal resource management.
The Future Leaders Network is being led by CCRES. Over the next three years the CCRES project will grow the network across the planet, connecting with regional and national initiatives which share similar interests in fostering the development of young leaders.
The seeds of the Future Leaders Network were sown in 2007 when the precursor to the CCRES project, (CRTR project) sought to address stronger coral reef management globally hosted 60 Masters and PhD students from 20 countries in a week-long workshop in Brisbane, Australia.
The aim of the 2007 Future Leaders Forum workshop was to foster a network amongst these future leaders, build linkages across the countries and areas of research and to exchange knowledge. As a result of the meeting, research findings from 17 participating scholars were published in the Building capacity in coral reef science: An anthology of CRTR scholars’ research 2010 a publication designed to share knowledge and showcase the project.
These students went on to collaborate on research projects and maintain a constructive fraternity of professionals at subsequent international events and gatherings. The network now encompasses over 60 emerging coastal managers, scientists and policymakers who continue to work or undertake research in coral reef ecosystems to secure their future.
This network covers Australia, Belize, Canada, Colombia, Costa Rica, France, Guatemala, Ireland, Israel, Kenya, Mexico, Mozambique, Palau, Philippines, Tanzania, Thailand, United Kingdom, United States, Venezuela and Vietnam.
Inspired by the legacy of the 2007 Future Leaders Forum, UQ’s Global Change Institute, the Global Knowledge Initiative and AJH Environmental Services are collaborating on the development of the Future Leaders Network.
Over the next three years the CCRES project will grow the network across the planet, connecting with regional and national initiatives which share similar interests in fostering the development of young leaders.
Leverage the expertise and networks from the CCRES project which supports communities in the Philippines and Indonesia to value their marine ecosystems and flow-on effects to community welfare.
Extend training and networking activities into an additional region, which has emerging youth marine environmental networks and a need for further support.
Extend training and networking activities into a third region and hold a Global Summit to solidify connections between all members and set a path forward.
The Global Knowledge Initiative (GKI) is a global non-profit organization that helps build and support networks of individuals and institutions as they seek to solve challenges pertinent to development and science, technology, and innovation. The Future Leaders Network will utilise GKI’s proven approach of creating partnerships to tackle complex challenges through collaborative innovation.
The innovator behind the Capturing Coral Reef and Related Ecosystem Services project, GCI will bring expertise in supporting developing communities to adopt ownership of their marine ecosystems through global partnerships, and by providing regional networks through its pilot activities.
AJH Environmental Services provides technical, information and management services related to the conservation and sustainable use of coastal and marine resources. For the past 27 years, AJH has focused its work and expertise on bridging science with management and supporting education and sustainable use tied to coastal and marine resources.
Melanie King, Senior Advisor CCRES project
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