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Parliamentary State Secretary Ursula Heinen-Esser welcomes climate protection fellows to the Federal Environment Ministry

Parliamentary State Secretary Ursula Heinen-Esser met with participants in this year’s International Climate Protection Fellowship programme at the Federal Environment Ministry today. The programme aims to establish an international network of climate policy experts.

"We need international networks comprising the next generation of qualified leaders, especially from developing countries, in order to drive forward climate action and resource conservation around the globe," said Mrs Heinen-Esser before presenting the participants in the programme’s third round with their certificates at the Ministry. The fellowships are granted by the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation and funded by the Federal Environment Ministry’s International Climate Initiative.

"This fellowship programme is helping to establish an international network of future decision-makers from developing countries and emerging economies with whom Germany can cooperate at international level on climate and resource protection," the Parliamentary State Secretary said. "We hope the network will continue cooperating in the long term on actively combating climate change."

The Alexander von Humboldt Foundation has granted up to 20 fellowships per year in the field of climate action and resource conservation since 2010. Sixteen fellows from Argentina, Costa Rica, Ghana, Indonesia, Kenya, Colombia, Nepal, Peru, South Africa, Uganda, Venezuela and Viet Nam spent time in Germany in 2012. The fourth round of the programme will begin in September 2013.

During their one-year stay in Germany, fellows work on projects at German universities or other suitable institutions.

Cooperation partners: The Alexander von Humboldt Foundation runs the programme in cooperation with the Federation of German Industries (BDI), the Centre for International Postgraduate Studies of Environmental Management (CIPSEM) at Dresden International University, the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD), the German Federal Foundation for the Environment (DBU), Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) and the Renewables Academy.

The Alexander von Humboldt Foundation

Each year the Humboldt Foundation enables more than 1,900 researchers from around the world to spend time engaging in scientific research in Germany. The Foundation has a network of more than 23,000 “Humboldtians” from all academic disciplines and 130 countries – including 41 Nobel Prize winners.

02.07.2013 | Pressreport No. 097/13 | Climate