CCNet Europe's Mission and Vision 
The mission of CCNet Europe is to improve conservation throughout Europe by empowering people to develop, implement, evaluate, adapt and share effective strategies that achieve tangible conservation results. 

Our vision is that empowered teams are achieving improved conservation results in all of the European countries through successfully applying the Open Standards for the Practice of Conservation. The Conservation Coaches who support these teams are actively spreading core skills, innovations and critical knowledge in real time across the world. 

How we are organised 
CCNet Europe is a community of practice and a network of individual coaches (that work within the mandate of their own organisations and/or are driven by personal ambitions) representing the European conservation community. We seek to include coaches working within government agencies, academia, private organisations and NGOs and a balanced spread across the European sub-regions: Scandinavia, Western & Central Europe, Eastern Europe and the Mediterranean. 

It is a network that is run by non-paid volunteers. It is not a legal entity, and does not have a bank account. It has a light and dynamic governance structure. There is a Core Team - a group of 5-10 European coaches that are willing and able to play a key role in driving the delivery of the objectives as described below. In principle, the Core Team seeks good representation of the Network. In practice the Core Team is open to any enthusiastic coach that is willing to devote time and energy. The sustainability of the Core Team is linked to allowing members to be involved in those things that inspire them. 

Currently the Core Team members (in no particular order) are: to be added. 

Most Core Team members have an additional role: 
  • The Franchise Leaders (Ilke Tilders, Nico Boenisch and Xavier Escute) are responsible for overall coordination, planning and performance, as well as staying connected to CCNet Global. In principle, franchise leaders are selected for a period of 3 years. Succession is planned so that the first year of the new franchise leader overlaps with the last year of the previous franchise leader. 
  • The Communication coordinators (Albertien Perdok & Felix Cybulla) are responsible for keeping the website up-to-date and for newsletters. 
  • Some coaches play a role in regional or local coordination of coaches’ efforts: Jorid Hammersland for Sweden, Stella Vareltzidou in Greece, Nico Boenisch & Felix Cybulla for coaches linked to the Eberswalde University. 
It is expected that the composition of the Core Team, as well as the manning of the specific roles, will change over time as per opportunities and the availability and ambitions of individual people. Most of all it is important to celebrate the things we actually get done together – and not get frustrated by our own ambitions. 

Core functions & Objectives 

Core-Function 1: CCNet Europe Coaches roll out the OS and recruit & train new coaches 

  • Objective: By 2016, the number of conservationists, projects, organisations that have been trained in the OS has doubled; the number of projects actually applying the OS has doubled; the number of people that are interested to become a coach has grown; there are at least 70 European coaches across the Mediterranean, Eastern Europe, Scandinavia, and Western & Central Europe. 
  • Sketch of activities: European Coaches –on their own initiative and conditions- deliver OS workshops & training to teams, projects and individuals in different parts of Europe, with or without the support of fellow-coaches. CCNet Europe seeks to bring opportunities together to create larger training events, with more buzz, bigger economies of scale and better opportunities for coaches to be trained and learn from each other. 
Core Function 2: CCNet Europe Coaches enhance Coach competency 
  • Objective: By 2016, at least 50% of all active Coaches in the European Network are assessed as either “Coaches” or “Coach-Trainers” and are sufficiently confident and competent to support most of the core practices of the Open Standards. 
  • Sketch of activities: To maintain a professional community of practice, all member coaches will fill out a Coach skills self-assessment every 2 years, clarifying designations and providing the base for targeted professional development. Training events will include European Rallies every 2 years, regional and/or topical events, virtual training and other online training tools to address priorities as identified in the assessments. More tailored approaches include mentoring, buddying and peer reviews. 
Core Function 3: CCNet Europe Coaches drive innovation through collaboration 
  • Objective: By 2016, useful products are developed and widely shared by working groups on at least 3 of the 5 prioritised topics. 
  • Sketch of activities: Coaches organically form working groups to push for increased understanding of specific conservation strategies; or fundraise for and develop tools around prioritised topics. Coaches actively share innovations with other coaches in webinars, rallies etc. If of global relevance, coaches will actively share workshop materials, training events and new tools with CCNet. 
Core Function 4: CCNet Europe coaches form an effective and strong Network
  • Objective: By 2016, CCNet Europe is strong, functional and sustainable. This will be evident by joint delivery on the objectives as stated in this framework. 
  • For this we need: 
    • A functional and stable Core Team; made up of well-connected coaches that are willing and able to lead and support the network in delivering certain or all objectives. Lead by inspiring franchise leaders, who pull together the core team in quarterly meetings and facilitate overall network coherence and performance. 
    • A well-informed & pro-active cadre of Coaches; Updated via bi-annual European newsletter, regular Global newsletters, access to the up-to-date website, in open communication with franchise leaders and/or members of the core-team and willing and able to actively deliver on the objectives of this framework. 
    • A solid and inspiring connection to the Global Conservation Network (CCNet); Ensuring visibility of global efforts in Europe and of European efforts globally in the newsletter, in the board, in events such as the Rally. Supporting fellow-franchises in the delivery of their ambitions. 
    • A strategically relevant group of well-informed “friends of / ambassadors to CCNet Europe: people that value the collective action of CCNet coaches and are willing and able to contribute to its mission in their own unique way. These gems are kept in the loop through the bi-annual newsletter and more personal out-reach of coaches. 
    • Financial means: available money to invest in training & workshops (core-functions 1 & 2), in innovation and knowledge sharing (core-function 3) and core-funding to cover some of the overall coordination, leadership and communications. 
    • To be Modest in Ambition & Action oriented: Coaches rather take a small step today, then keep talking about big dreams for tomorrow. With overfull agenda’s, time available is limited and should be put most of all towards delivering concretely on the first three core-functions

For our full strategic framework for collective action, please download the document below:
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