Zoely Ramanase, ELP 2006
The Beahrs Environmental Leadership Program* (ELP) at the University of California, Berkeley provides state-of-the art training in environmental and natural resource science, policy, and leadership to strengthen the capacities of environmental practitioners worldwide. It is based at the College of Natural Resources and draws on faculty from UC Berkeley and the greater Bay Area.
The core component of the ELP is an intensive summer certificate course in Sustainable Environmental Management. Since 2001, the ELP has graduated 500 environmental leaders from over one hundred countries. Course participants continue their learning and peer support through the Berkeley ELP Alumni Network, with collaborative research and educational opportunities within the Network and with UC Berkeley faculty, staff and students.
To extend access to ELP training beyond Berkeley, the ELP encourages and supports its alumni to offer leadership courses and other capacity-building platforms in their own institutions and communities. For example, Indonesian ELP Alumni have recently launched the Indonesian Youth Leadership for Environmental and Governance Initiatives (IYLEGI) with co-funding from UNDP and the Ford Foundation. The ELP also collaborates with the international NGO, EcoAgriculture Partners, and local and regional partners, to offer courses in Leadership for Ecoagriculture and Integrated Territorial Development in Africa and Central America. The ELP maintains strong partner relationships with many development and environmental organizations including WWF, The Asia Foundation, Conservation International, UNDP, CATIE, DAI, and a new knowledge-sharing initiative, Development Practitioners Forum.
* Established in August 2000 with seed funding from UC Berkeley alumni Carolyn and Richard Beahrs.