The Berkeley ELP Alumni Network was established on July 25, 2001 by the inaugural summer course participants. As of 2012, it has 460 members from over ninety countries. Click here for ELP Alumni list. The Network ensures ongoing communication among alums via email listserves, collectively produced newsletters, reunions around the world, and online forum discussions.
The Network also fosters collaborative learning and exchange opportunities between alumni, their institutions, the University of California, Berkeley and other resource persons in the Bay Area. The Buck Kingman Small Grants Initiative provides seed money to support alumni-initiated conservation and sustainable development projects carried out collaboratively with UC Berkeley partners.
Steering Committee members of Beahrs ELP alumni manage the Alumni Network, together with a part-time coordinator at U.C. Berkeley. The Steering Committee consists of representatives from the major geographic areas of the world. To see a list of Steering Committee members, and their countries of origin, click here.
A number of Beahrs ELP alumni have shown interest to create ELP training and research centers in their own countries and regions as a means to greatly expand the outreach and impact of the course, adapted to local priorities and contexts. There are ongoing discussions to establish ELP Regional Centers in Russia/CIS with St. Petersburg St. University, in the Philippines with SEARCA, and in South Africa with CEAD, University of Natal. To find out more about these regional initiatives, click here.
Berkeley ELP alumni conduct a wide array of environmental work around the world. Agnes Rola (ELP 2001), of the Philippines notes,
“The most precious things that came out of this summer session were the links established with colleagues all over the world with the same passion for saving the world from environmental disaster. What is quite wonderful is that the links are more than just professional, they are personal and full of warmth, camaraderie, and sincerity of friendship.”
This sentiment has been repeated each year by many alumni, and for early participants like Agnes, has borne the test of time. To see a list of ELP alumni and search the alumni database.
Alvin Chandra (ELP 2008, Co-Lead – DRR, Commission on Ecosystem Management, IUCN recently shared a publication he helped author with the network. Building Resilience to Climate Change -Ecosystem-based Adaptation and Lessons from the Field, was recently launched by the IUCN at the CBD COP-10 in Nagoya, Japan.
Reported by George Owoyesigire (ELP 2009)
The Kibale Association for Rural and Environmental Development (KAFRED), a community based organisation located in Kamwenge District, Western Uganda has won the prestigious UNDP’s Equator Initiative Award 2010. The Equator Initiative Award is given to CBOs and NGOs in recognition of their outstanding successes in reducing poverty through the conservation and sustainable use of biodiversity. George Owoyesigire (ELP 2009), a KAFRED member since 1992, represented KAFRED during the well attended award ceremony that took place at the UN Headquarters in New York in September 2010.