[BLOG] Lui Walton Innovators Fellowship’s Second Intake of Conservation Talent

As the inaugural Lui Walton Fellows, a “dream team” of world leaders and innovators dedicated to solving environmental challenges worldwide, near the end of their two-year programme, leading NGO Conservation International announces new positions for the Fellows of 2018-20.

Seascape Fellow, Nature Is 30 Fellow, Design For Nature Fellow and China Marine Fellow are just a few of the new Lui Walton Innovators Fellowship opportunities at Conservation International (CI). Applications for the second class of Fellows are open now via CI’s website: . Based in countries across the globe, as well as at CI’s headquarters outside Washington DC, the Fellows are experts in protecting nature, whether by saving forests, seas or promotion of biodiversity through diverse policy, scientific and financial initiatives. 

Those that join the Fellowship’s mission in 2018 will become part of a success story for the environment: the global organisation has supported its inaugural class of 15 Lui Walton Fellows (founded by CI board members Yvonne Lui of the Yvonne L.K. Lui Trust and Rob Walton, retired chairman of Walmart Stores) in fulfilling their ambitions of creating sustainable solutions that work towards building a healthier, more prosperous and more productive planet.

Achievements of Lui Walton Innovator Fellows to date include:

  • The direct result has been the development of a new catch-based fisheries management model specific to the Pacific Islands. It also spawned advancement in Pacific Islands climate change policies, fisheries monitoring and compliance, and deeper collaboration between the Pacific Oceanscape Alliance and the Arctic Circle Assembly.
  • Distinguished Fellow President Anote Tong joined CI staff and Technical Fellow, Lian Pin Koh to launch the Center for Applied Conservation Science – a strategic alliance between CI and the University of Adelaide.
  • Distinguished Fellows President Tong and Christiana Figueres joined CI staff at CoP23 in Bonn, Germany and were instrumental in arranging meetings with top government officials and business leaders.
  • Distinguished Fellow Christiana Figueres delivered the keynote address at the Food & Agricultural Organization (FAO) of the United Nations’high-level meeting in Rome.  She stressed the critical role played by primary forests in addressing climate change and the need to conserve these “crown jewels”. 
  • Along with these big picture successes, Fellows have succeeded in micro-level issues tackling, for example, African wildlife, and creating maps of the Asia Pacific that prioritise conservation areas not just for CI but for all its stakeholders – conservationists, corporate partners, charity partners and the general public.

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