Invest in the Next Generation
Sustainable conservation across the Pacific requires an adequate pipeline of future leaders. Today’s leaders are helping to build that pipeline through a combination of initiatives that provide intensive mentoring and hands-on experience to promising youth. For example, the Palauan government offers internships to college graduates; the Micronesia Conservation Trust offers scholarships to college students; and the Conservancy’s Hawaiʻi marine program offers fellowships to college graduates. Through these efforts, promising youth and young conservation professionals begin to acquire the education, skills, real-world experience, and confidence to become effective leaders. After 25 years of marine conservation, the legacy of these educational opportunities is evident, with alumni shaping new initiatives, leading major conservation programs, and guiding policy.