Conservation course - Stakeholder Engagement for Wildlife Conservation

Stakeholder Engagement 
for Wildlife Conservation

At a glance

Dates: 2nd August-6th September

Last sign up date: 8th August

Length: 5 weeks 
Hours learning/week: 3.5

Tutorial videos: Sent out a week before each group session

Live group sessions: Every Tuesday, starting on the 9th August: 2 live session times available (10.00am or 6.00pm BST, lasting 1.5 hrs) to fit your work schedule.

Money back guarantee: If you start the course but either don't think it is right for you or can't complete it for any reason then we will give you a full refund (minus £15 admin fee) up to 14 days from the start of the course

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Badge earned by passing the Stakeholder Engagement for Wildlife COnservation online conservation course


What is stakeholder engagement?

Stakeholder engagement is a process to get stakeholders involved in a conservation project in a way that is appropriate, equitable, and effective. In some cases, it will be necessary to engage with stakeholders to ensure that they have a meaningful say in any conservation work that may lead to substantial changes in their lives e.g. local communities. Other stakeholders may be needed for funds (e.g. donors) information (academics) or permissions (e.g. governments). 


Engaging stakeholders, however, may require substantial time and resources. For example, engaging multiple stakeholders over 3 years of conservation work may involve paying for and organising many engagement events. Engaging stakeholders may also risk harming those directly and indirectly involved. For example, engaging certain stakeholders may unintentionally increase the influence of large, politically powerful groups and further reduce the influence of smaller, marginalised groups. Stakeholder engagement is all about relationships, which is reflected in the stakeholder engagement process. 

Stakeholder engagement process





In summary, stakeholder engagement is an essential skill required to achieve conservation impact, while protecting the rights of vulnerable groups. Once you are certified in Stakeholder Engagement for Wildlife Conservation approach you will feel confident in, and be able to demonstrate your ability to carry out stakeholder engagement effectively and ethically in any conservation situation. 

Stakeholder engagement process diagram

What will you learn?

You will learn how to engage stakeholders effectively and ethically for any for any type of conservation project. Specifically, you will learn how to:

  • Apply principles for engaging stakeholders effectively and ethically

  • Select stakeholders that are right for your project

  • Initiate the relationship to build trust and understanding

  • Formalise the relationship to set expectations

  • Manage the relationship to progress the project and adapt to changing conditions


How will you learn?

All our courses are designed using modern adult learning practices that build in reflection, relevancy and practice to all our training materials and exercises.

At the start of each training week of the course you will be sent an instructional video that you can watch at your own pace and whenever it suits you best. Sometimes the video will suggest a short activity to complete to help you practice and learn. You can then use these videos, which contain everything you need to know, to revise for the exam. 

Video tutorial screen shot from Stakeholder Engagement for Wildlife Conservation online training course

At the end of each training week there will be a live, expert-lead, online group session. Each week there will be two live session times for you to choose from so that it is easier for you to fit them in to your schedule. This session will enable you to work together with your instructor and fellow trainees to really test out and build your confidence in the approach. These sessions are also a great opportunity to build connections with other conservationists from all over the world, working on a wide range of conservation topics. One moment you could be chatting to a project officer working on owls in Japan, and the next moment taking to a communications consultant from Mexico. Overall, these sessions will really make your learning experience a richer more enjoyable experience so try to come along if at all possible. However, these live group sessions are not compulsory so if you miss some or even all of them, we will still send you the recordings so that you can catch up on anything you missed. 

Live, expert-lead group session during a WildTeam conservation course

At the end of this course there will be a multiple choice exam, that you have to pass to earn your certificate. Earning your certificate in this way is important to demonstrate to yourself and others (e.g. employers) that you have attained a high standard in this key skill set.

However, the exam is nothing to worry about. If you need more time or any kind of additional support for the exam then the instructor is there to help. Most people pass first time and there is a free retake it for anyone that doesn't.

Once you earn your certificate you will be added to our WildTeam global skills directory.

You will also be on your way to becoming a certified Wildlife Conservation professional. 

Example certificate for passing the Stakeholder Engageemnt for Wildlife Conservation online training course
How passing each course will lead to certification as a Wildlife Conservation Professional

How will you earn your certificate?

Meet your instructor

Instructor Léa Kaplani​ who runs the Stakeholder Engagement for Wildlife Conservation training course
Léa Kaplani

Léa has 3 Masters degrees and speaks 4 languages. Before WildTeam, Léa worked for BirdLife international, helping to coordinate conservation organisations in Malaysia, Indonesia, Philippines and Papua New Guinea to implement a €5 million Asia/Pacific forest policy initiative.


When she is not over-achieving and running our courses she teaches yoga from her house in Scotland. "Outside of work, my true passion is trees and forests. I am lucky in that I live fairly close to an ancient forest in Scotland, the old Caledonian pinewood forest, near the Cairngorms."


If you want to make Léa smile, just tell her a joke about Ducks. She can't get enough of them. ​

What people say...

An excellent opportunity to share lived examples and learn new skills with others working/ interested in conservation

Hannah Bester

Marine Conservation Society

Really helpful to know how you go about engaging with stakeholders, so that you can make clearly informed decisions on who to work with during your conservation project

Simon McPherson

World Cetacean Alliance

I learned a lot and I know I will use a lot of things I learned, thank you !

Valentine Noreve

CDC Biodiversité