Environmental Leadership & Training Initiative (ELTI)
The Environmental Leadership & Training Initiative (ELTI) contributes to the conservation of forest ecosystems and biodiversity in tropical regions of Latin America and Asia. ELTI achieves this by providing policy makers, individuals in technical positions, community representatives, indigenous leaders, and other key actors from relevant sectors of society with the knowledge, tools, skills, motivation, and contacts to advance the protection and adequate management of these systems. ELTI is comprised of two programs. The Training Program offers workshops, field-based courses, and conferences that introduce participants to a variety of conservation concepts and strategies applied within tropical regions of the world to protect forest ecosystems and biodiversity. Participants are then eligible to take part in the Leadership Program, which provides opportunities for further professional and personal development, as well as technical and logistical support in the implementation of conservation initiatives designed as a result of their participation in ELTI's training events. ELTI is possible thanks to Arcadia Fund, whose Environmental Conservation grants support programmes that protect and enhance biodiversity, and provide field training and academic research.