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The Asia Foundation Awards Fellowships to Southeast Asian Environment Leaders

San Francisco, June 25, 2007 — Asian Scholars to Participate in Berkeley’s Environmental Leadership Program

Environmental Leadership ProgramWith increasing attention on critical global environmental concerns, improved coordination and dialogue between key stakeholders and decision makers will be essential in international efforts to safeguard natural resources. The Asia Foundation, the premier non-profit organization devoted to Asia’s development since 1954, has awarded two fellowships and a travel grant to three Southeast Asian environmental professionals to attend the Beahrs Environmental Leadership Program (ELP), a three-week summer certificate course in Sustainable Environmental Management conducted by the Center for Sustainable Resource Development of the University of California, Berkeley. The Beahrs’ ELP course brings together environmental leaders from around the world to study under UC Berkeley faculty and specialists and share best practices among peers.

“Asia’s environmental leaders will play a critical role in promoting sound global environmental management in the coming decades. We’re very pleased to be able provide three of Southeast Asia’s emerging leaders with the opportunity to experience a world-class, multidisciplinary educational program in sustainable environmental management,” said Chris Plante, The Asia Foundation’s Director of Environment Programs.

Recognizing the complex economic, social, and political challenges facing environmental professionals, the Foundation has identified scholars from the neighboring countries of the Lao PDR, Thailand, and Vietnam to participate in the Beahrs ELP. Each Fellow has demonstrated commitment to his or her field and will bring a unique perspective to the natural resource and environmental management discourse.

Since 2001, the ELP has graduated 190 environmental leaders from sixty-two countries. For more information about the Beahrs’ ELP course, see http://beahrselp.berkeley.edu. The course began on Sunday, June 24.

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