Left to right: Alison Rosser, Tracey Rennie-Starke, Danni Parks, Alexander Rukhaia, Hotlin Ompusunggu, Gilbert Adum, Karau Kuna, Sir David Attenborough, Edward Whitley, Farwiza Farhan, Makala Jasper, Juliette Velosoa, Muhammad Ali Nawaz, Rebecca Sennett © Whitley Fund for Nature
The Whitley Awards have been supported by the Whitley Fund for Nature for 23 years, which supports innovative conservation leaders and their projects to protect endangered wildlife in developing countries.
The winners of the prestigious environmental prize were competitively selected from over 120 applicants from 53 countries.
Strong science and community engagement are the hallmarks of the winning projects.
Each winner also needs the skill and tenacity to highlight and combat challenges such as exploitation of natural resources, bureaucratic inertia, human-wildlife conflict and habitat destruction.
Trustee of the Whitley Fund for Nature Sir David Attenborough says, “Whitley Award winners are simply exceptional people – passionate individuals who are committed to achieving positive environmental impact and long-term conservation and community benefits.”
This year’s winners are working with communities to safeguard snow leopards, orangutans and lesser-known animals such as tree kangaroos, side-necked turtles and giant squeaker frogs.
Whitley Awards winners 2016
Gilbert Baase Adum, Ghana Saving Ghana’s frogs: a giant leap forward for biodiversity conservation
Farwiza Farhan, Indonesia Citizen lawsuits: defending local livelihoods and Sumatra’s iconic species in the Leuser Ecosystem
Makala Jasper, Tanzania Forest stewardship: community conservation of coastal forests in the greater Selous Ecosystem, Tanzania
Karau Kuna, Papa New Guinea Tree kangaroos as a flagship to protect Papua New Guinea’s spectacular wildlife
Muhammad Ali Nawaz, Pakistan Snow leopard conservation: a landscape-level approach in the mountains of northern Pakistan
Alexander Rukhaia, Georgia Magnificent migrants: safeguarding birds-of-prey negotiating the Batumi Flyway, Georgia
Juliette Velosoa, Madagascar Saving the Critically Endangered side-necked turtle and its freshwater habitat, Madagascar
Whitley Gold Award winner
The Whitley Gold Award recognises the outstanding contribution made by an exceptional Whitley Award alumnus. The Gold Award provides £50,000 in further project funding.
Hotlin Ompusunggu Dentistry and reforestation: scaling up models to protect orangutans and improve health, Borneo
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