SEARCA now accepting applications for the 2014 SEARCA-Beahrs Environmental Leadership Program Training Scholarship
Beahrs ELP Class of 2013 with Rey Lara encircled.
The Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture (SEARCA) is now accepting applications for the 2014 Beahrs Environmental Leadership Program (ELP), in coordination with the University of California Berkeley (UC Berkeley). Now on its fifth and final year of implementation, the training scholarship enables a highly qualified Southeast Asian professional from an influential organization engaged in agriculture, rural development, or natural resources management to participate in the Beahrs ELP interdisciplinary summer certificate course in Sustainable Environmental Management. The three-week certificate course, which will be held on 6-26 July 2014 at UC-Berkeley, USA, comprises a series of multidisciplinary workshops on topics such as environmental leadership, management, and policy focusing on innovation and collaboration. Workshops are facilitated by UC Berkeley faculty and non-academic experts in the field of climate change, food security, bioeconomy, agroecology, natural resources management, and environmental policy.
The ELP generally aims to provide participants with a unique opportunity to interact with UC Berkeley, as well as their global peers, to access new information and tools, share practical experiences, and develop collaborative leadership skills. Participants are continually challenged to meet environmental goals with solutions that also reduce poverty and social conflict. Specifically, it aims to enable participants to:
Learn to integrate interdisciplinary knowledge and analyze trade-offs to solve global and local environmental problems;
Explore innovative policies, technologies and institutions that promote sustainable livelihoods and environments;
Strengthen skills in communication, collaborative leadership and facilitating multi-stakeholder processes; and
Experience cross-cultural and cross sectoral learning from peers around the world.
The training scholar will be someone who is expected to eventually play strategic roles in his/her respective country toward instituting sustainable environmental policy and leading cross-sectoral initiatives that primarily focus on caring for the environment.
Mr. Rey B. Lara, the recipient of the 2013 SEARC-Beahrs ELP Training Scholarship, was among the 38 environmental leaders from 24 countries who graduated from the program on 19 July 2013. Mr. Lara is a former SEARCA scholar who now serves as Chief of the Plans and Programs Section, Department of Agriculture-Zamboanga.