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MWA Vet Joins Conservation Leaders Program

MWA is pleased to announce that Hugo Pereira, a wildlife veterinarian with our organization, has been accepted into the Emerging Wildlife Conservation Leaders (EWCL) program. Hugo is a member of EWCL's Class 10, which includes 24 other early-career conservation professionals from around the world.

The EWCL program, managed by White Oak Conservation and the Wildlife Conservation Network, aims to enhance leadership skills, provide networking opportunities, and support global wildlife conservation initiatives. The first training session for the 2024/2025 cohort took place from June 3rd to June 7th, 2024, at White Oak Conservation in Yulee, FL.

This year’s class comprises 25 participants selected from a competitive pool of over 100 applicants. The cohort represents a diverse range of experiences from non-profit organizations, NGOs, government agencies, and academic institutions, including participants from Belize, Brazil, Indonesia, Mozambique, Rwanda, and Zambia.

The program includes three in-person training sessions, mentoring, and a group conservation project. During the initial session, participants received training in leadership, fundraising, planning, and evaluation techniques, and engaged in team-building and personal growth exercises. They also chose from four project proposals to support grassroots conservation efforts, with each group developing a campaign in collaboration with established conservation organizations.

Hugo Pereira’s selection for the EWCL program highlights MWA’s commitment to advancing conservation expertise and leadership. We look forward to the contributions he will make through this program and the skills he will bring back to our team.


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