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Earth Skills Network for business

The Earth Skills Network is a partnership between Earthwatch, UNESCO, IUCN and business partners, working together to improve the business management skills of staff working in protected areas.

It provides an opportunity for you to become a Business Mentor and:

  • leave a positive legacy at some of the world’s most valuable protected natural sites by supporting their staff to address key business challenges
  • develop your professional leadership capabilities, facilitation skills and mentoring
  • apply business planning skills cross-culturally in an unfamiliar context
  • understand the value of natural resources to businesses and society, and how business decisions can impact on protected areas
  • increase your understanding of protected areas and environmental and social sustainability while deepening your connection to nature
  • strengthen dialogue and build more constructive relationships with the conservation community

If your organisation is not yet part of the Earth Skills Network, please contact us for more information on how your organisation can join.

"The leadership and coaching skills were extremely helpful in my professional development, the methods used were simple but powerful. Since using these skills in the programme, I was able to test/experience them fully, I then had the confidence to use them professionally”.

Carla Woo, 2019 Business Mentor, Trinidad and Tobago 

The Earth Skills Network journey

Earth Skills Network Business Mentors are partnered with three managers from a protected area, which they will mentor for one year to develop business solutions that will improve the management effectiveness of the organisation.

Mentors will first attend a Mentor Development Course which will train them to apply their existing business skills and knowledge to a protected area context. Trained mentors and protected area representatives will be brought together on a Residential Training Programme, set in an inspirational natural setting, where they will have the opportunity to share their experience and build the mentoring relationship.

"Shell and Earthwatch Europe have worked together on sustainability for over 20 years now and will continue to strengthen and develop the programmes that we run together. Earthwatch have been very proactive and progressive in their thinking and we very much appreciate the relationship and level of trust we have built together.”

“We need to adapt to the needs and expectations of society and continue to invest in our people. Offering programmes such as participation in Earthwatch Expeditions or the Earth Skills Network to our employees gives them the opportunity to obtain practical experience in sustainability, even if their day-to-day jobs are not directly linked to this area. They help to prepare future leaders of our organisations to make the right decisions, ensuring we operate in a responsible manner.”

Karen Westley, VP Environment, Shell


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