The Tusk Conservation Awards, developed by Tusk Trust. The 2014 awards ceremony took place on 25th November, was hosted by Kate Silverton and attended by HRH The Duke of Cambridge.

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Tusk Conservation Awards

Tusk has been working since 1990 to build a sustainable future for the people and the wildlife of the African continent.

These annual awards will highlight inspirational conservation work in Africa, ranging from the protection of endangered species and threatened habitat to the promotion of environmental education and the development of community driven conservation.

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About

The Tusk Conservation Awards have been developed by Tusk Trust in partnership with Investec Asset Management. The awards aim to highlight the outstanding achievements of individuals working within the field of conservation. From practical field conservation to successful environmental education, these awards aim to recognise the achievements of individuals who are ensuring the future of Africa and bringing the challenges faced by the continent to a global audience.

The Awards

The Tusk Conservation Awards, developed by Tusk, took place on Tuesday 25th November, 2014 at Claridges, London.  The awards ceremony was hosted by Kate Silverton and attended by HRH The Duke of Cambridge.

The Prince William Award for Conservation in Africa is a lifetime achievement award, given to a distinguished individual for their outstanding dedication and exceptional contribution to conservation in Africa.  The winning individual was presented with a grant, provided by Investec Asset Management, to assist their chosen project.
 
The Tusk Conservation Award,
supported by Land Rover, recognises an up-and-coming conservationist whose work has already demonstrated an exceptional commitment to conservation and has made a significant impact to date. The award winner was presented with a grant to further their work.

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Results

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Prince William Award for Conservation in Africa

Richard Bonham

Richard Bonham

The prestigious Prince William Award for Conservation in Africa, sponsored by Investec Asset Management, was given to Richard Bonham in recognition of his lifetime contribution to wildlife and the Maasai community in Kenya.

Kenya’s Mbirikani Group Ranch is one of the most beautiful places on earth: a quarter of a million acres of unfenced savannah lying between the snows of Kilimanjaro and the cloud forest summits of the Chyulu Hills. Ten thousand Maasai pastoralists live here alongside elephants, lions and other plains game, and for the past 20 years it has also been the home of one of Africa’s most highly respected conservationists.

Tusk Award for Conservation in Africa

Herizo Andrianandrasana

Herizo Andrianandrasana

The Tusk Award for emerging leaders in conservation – an award sponsored by Land Rover – was presented to Herizo Andrianandrasana, from Madagascar.

Herizo is a driving force behind integrating local people into conservation management and monitoring in Madagascar. Madagascar remains in the midst of an environmental crisis. In one of the poorest countries in the world, with few livelihood options and low capacity for enforcing environmental protection, community-based conservation is seen as a sustainable solution.

Amy Dickman

Amy Dickman

Amy has achieved vital community-based conservation success in one of Africa’s most important areas –Tanzania’s Ruaha landscape. This landscape, which covers over 12 million acres supports over 10% of the world’s remaining lions, the world’s third biggest population of endangered African wild dogs and one of East Africa’s largest cheetah populations.

In 2009 Amy established The Ruaha Carnivore Project. She discovered intense human-wildlife conflict and that lion were being killed there at a rate unmatched anywhere else in Africa. Given the precipitous decline in global lion numbers, and the importance of this area, reducing this intense conflict and killing was a top conservation priority. However, the tribe predominantly responsible – the Barabaig – were extremely hostile to outsiders and no conservationists had ever worked successfully with them to reduce carnivore killings.

Over the past five years, Amy and her team have worked with many thousands of local people to reduce conflict and improve the situation. They have helped people better protect their livestock, developed extensive community healthcare and education initiatives to demonstrate tangible benefits from carnivore presence, and have built significant capacity and awareness through employment, training and education.

Amy’s work has resulted in a 60% decline in livestock depredation, a significant rise in people recognizing benefits from wildlife, and most importantly, an 80% decline in carnivore killing.

David Kuria

David Kuria

David Kuria was raised on the periphery of the Kikuyu Escarpment Forest on southern side of the Aberdares in Central Kenya. Seeing how this forest was undergoing rapid changes resulting from unsustainable human activities, he established a community-based conservation forum, Kijabe Environment Volunteers (KENVO), which he has steered over a decade from humble beginning into a professional grassroots’ conservation forum.

KENVO has become a leading authority in rehabilitation of local indigenous forest through tree planting, community awareness and education, research and information dissemination, lobbying and advocacy. His work has focused on the improvement of livelihoods and the environment in his own community, two goals which he believes are not mutually exclusive. He takes a inclusive approach which allowed for the participation of groups (women and youth) who have traditionally been more marginalised.

He has mobilized members of the local communities through KENVO to set up various conservation initiatives including tree planting schemes resulting to reforestation of 500 hectares of formally the degraded forest. An extensive environmental education programme has reached over 30,000 students who have by planted more than 80,000 trees in their schools or farms

Due to his vast experience in community development and reforestation activities, Kuria was hired in 2009 by East African Wild Life Society in Partnership with UNEP, Nature Kenya and Kenya Forests Working Group to develop a forest and environment conservation facility that establishes partnerships between community, private sector and conservation practitioners. He is now coordinating the activities of this facility reaching other communities to establish similar models to KENVO throughout the country.

David believes that effective solutions to the environmental issues facing his community will only be resolved through empowerment of the wider population and especially the most vulnerable.

Prince William Award for Conservation in Africa

Clive Stockil

Clive Stockil

The Prince William Award, sponsored by Investec Asset Management, was presented to  CLIVE STOCKIL for his groundbreaking work as one of Africa’s great conservation pioneers – a man who recognised four decades ago the critical need to engage local communities in conservation and deliver tangible benefits to ordinary people living alongside wildlife.  In 1992, Stockil was also the driving force behind the creation of Africa’s then largest private conservancy in the Savé Valley, Zimbabwe, which is now home to one of the country’s largest rhino populations.

Tusk Award for Conservation in Africa

Tom Lalampaa

Tom Lalampaa

WINNER

TOM LALAMPAA was presented with the Tusk Award for his outstanding work brokering peace through conservation amongst feuding tribal groups in northern Kenya. Lalampaa has been key to creating a conservation area of 3 million acres under the Northern Rangelands Trust, benefiting over 150,000 people.  The NRT is recognized as the leading model for community conservation in Kenya – and increasingly across Africa – with a proven impact on peace, livelihoods and conservation.  The Tusk Award was sponsored by Land Rover.

Dr Alasdair Harris

Dr Alasdair Harris

HIGHLY COMMENDED

DR ALASDAIR HARRIS received a Highly Commended prize from The Duke for his work with communities along the Madagascar coast, as founder and research director of Blue Ventures Conservation. Harris’s initiatives protect marine biodiversity and safeguard traditional coastal livelihoods, creating a thriving new marine conservation movement in the region.

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Judging panel

Our judging panel features some of the leading figures in conservation in Africa today, all of whom are deeply passionate about the plights the continent faces.

Ali Kaka

Ali Kaka

Ali studied at the University of Colorado (Boulder) and Colorado State University, Fort Collins in the USA, majoring in Biology/Zoology and Captive Wildlife Management.

In 1977, he joined the Kenya Wildlife Services as a Research Assistant and later earned the title of Senior Assistant Director supervising all Regions. In 1998 Ali was awarded the Kenya Order of the Grand Warrior for achievements in anti-poaching, rhino capture and intelligence work.

In 2001 Ali left the Kenya Wildlife Service and joined the East African Wild Life Society (EAWLS) as the Executive Director.

From 2009 to present, Ali has worked with the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) as the Regional Director for Eastern and Southern Africa. Ali also served as Vice Chair of IUCN-WCPA (World Commission on Protected Areas), eastern Africa, as well as serving on a number of local Conservancy Boards and as a member of Kenya Ministerial Advisory Committees.

In 2004 Ali received the National Geographic Society’s Howard Buffet Award for ‘Leadership in African Conservation’ and received the Meritorious award from IUCN – World Commission On Protected Areas in 2009.

Simon King OBE

Simon King OBE

Simon, who was born in Kenya, has been working as a national history documentarian for over 30 years – during this time he has gained a wealth of experience in filming wildlife from around the globe.  

He has filmed and co-presented the long-running BBC One series Big Cat Diary alongside Jonathan Scott and Saba Douglas-Hamilton, which follows the progress of lions, leopards and cheetahs in the Masai Mara Game Reserve, Kenya. He also co-presents BBC Two’s annual Springwatch and Autumnwatch series.  

Simon’s recent film projects include principal camera credits for Wild Africa and The Blue Planet. He has won BAFTA awards for his camerawork on Life in the Freezer and Planet Earth, for which he filmed a celebrated slow-motion sequence of a great white shark leaping out of the water to catch a cape fur seal.  

In November 2010, Simon was appointed President of The Wildlife Trusts. There are 47 local Wildlife Trusts across the whole of the UK with just under 1,000,000 members. They are working for an environment rich in wildlife for everyone, and at 47 Simon is the youngest President in the organisation’s 98 year history.

Dr. Karen Ross

Dr. Karen Ross

Karen has a doctorate in wildlife ecology from Edinburgh University and has spent most of her life working in Africa, mainly in the Okavango Delta.  

Author of Okavango: Jewel of the Kalahari, her book was first published as a companion to a three part BBC documentary series of the same title, produced by Partridge Films and winner of the 1988 Golden Panda, for which she was researcher and writer.  

Staying on in Botswana, she founded Conservation International’s programme there in 1992 and directed it for ten years, living under canvas and raising her daughter Lena Rae near Maun. For 25 years Karen pursued conservation goals in the Okavango Delta and was part of numerous critical conservation activities in Botswana. These included protection of the Okavango Delta from mining threats from upstream water withdrawals and from cattle veterinary fences being built in the wilderness surrounding the delta.  

For the past five years she has represented the Wilderness/WILD Foundations and Deutsche Umwelthilfe (BMZ) in collaboration with the Government of Botswana, Okavango communities and numerous stakeholders to motivate for the listing of the Okavango Delta as a UNESCO World Heritage site. The Okavango Delta Nomination Dossier was submitted to UNESCO in 2011.

Nigel Winser

Nigel Winser

Nigel joined Earthwatch in July 2005 and was appointed Executive Vice President in 2008. Prior to that he was the Deputy Director and Head of the Expeditions and Fieldwork Division at the Royal Geographical Society in London.

Winser trained as a Life Scientist at Westminster University where he gained international field experience as an undergraduate. He first joined the Royal Geographical Society as a Deputy Field Director in 1976 for the society’s Gunung Mulu project in Sarawak. He helped establish the society’s Expedition Advisory Centre and was then selected to develop its international field research programmes in Africa, the Middle East, Asia, Australia and the Indian Ocean.  

For his services to fieldwork, notably in Oman, he was awarded the Patron’s Gold Medal of the Society in 1988 and the Mungo Park Award of the Royal Scottish Geographical Society. In 1991 he was appointed Deputy Director, becoming responsible for a wide range of programmes and society activities. As Head of the Expeditions and Fieldwork division, Nigel was involved in developing standards and training for safe fieldwork and promoting the value of outdoor learning. Nigel has been on the board of several geographical and conservation bodies, including the IUCN UK committee, the UK Man and the Biosphere committee, the Mount Everest Foundation, the British Airways Tourism for Tomorrow committee, Friends of Conservation (Chair), the Field Studies Council and the Global Canopy Programme.  

Nigel’s principal expertise lies with interdisciplinary and international purpose-led fieldwork, community based nature conservation approaches, and corporate engagement with environmental issues. Nigel was awarded an honorary degree of Doctor of Science from Westminster University for his services to the environment and conservation.

Dr. Rob Brett

Dr. Rob Brett

Dr Rob Brett has been Director of FFI’s Africa & Madagascar Programme since 2006, overseeing ca. 40 projects in 14 countries. After reading Zoology at Oxford, Rob studied the behavioural ecology of naked mole-rats in Tsavo NP for his doctorate, but has been a rhino conservation specialist since 1986 and a member of IUCN’s African Rhino Specialist Group for the past 20 years. He has served on the senior staff of two wildlife authorities, as national Rhino Coordinator in the Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS: 1989-95) where he was responsible for the development and stocking of several of Kenya’s successful rhino sanctuaries, and as Senior Wildlife Biologist in the Botswana Department of Wildlife and National Parks (DWNP: 2000-01), and has also lived and worked in Namibia and Zimbabwe. Before joining FFI in 2004, Rob coordinated a regional programme for rhino conservation in ten southern African countries under the umbrella of the Southern African Development Community (SADC).

Charlie Mayhew MBE

Charlie Mayhew MBE

Charlie Mayhew began his working life in 1981 as a Marine Insurance Broker at Lloyds of London with Dumas Ltd. In 1984 he persuaded Willis Faber to sponsor him to organize a major expedition across Africa as part of the UN’s International Year of Youth. After 18 months of planning, the 33 strong team led by Mayhew departed London bound for Africa and with the personal backing of the then Prime Minister, Margaret Thatcher.

On his return from Africa, Charlie was elected a Fellow of The Royal Geographical Society and made a member of the Scientific Exploration Society. 

In 1988, Charlie formed an independent financial service business and in 1990 he co-founded Tusk Trust with the actor Timothy Ackroyd.  In collaboration with Ackroyd, he co-produced the feature film ‘Lost in Africa’, a drama produced to highlight the horrors of the ivory trade. In 2002, Charlie stepped down as a Trustee to become Tusk’s first Chief Executive. In recognition of his services to conservation in Africa, Charlie was awarded an MBE by Her Majesty The Queen in December 2005. 

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Nominations

Thank you for your interest in the Tusk Conservation Awards. The following information details the nomination criteria and process that the judging panel will use to consider all proposals. The nomination proposal form can be downloaded here from the website. If you have any questions about the nomination form or criteria, please contactinfo@tuskawards.com.

The intention is that the winners of the Tusk Awards should have no knowledge of their nomination. Therefore, please ensure that the details of your nomination remain strictly confidential and that neither you nor the supporting referees reveal to your candidate that he / she is being considered for a Tusk Award.

Nomination and Selection Process

To submit a nomination, please complete the attached Tusk Conservation Awards form and provide the additional support documents. Please send materials to info@tuskawards.com. If necessary the application and support letters can be mailed to the following address: 

Tusk Trust
4 Cheapside House
High Street
Gillingham
Dorset SP8 4AA

Please send the complete nomination pack no later than 6th February 2015.

Each nomination will be reviewed by the Tusk Conservation Awards Nomination Committee who will submit the finalists to the Judging Panel in Spring 2015. The identity of the award winners will be made public for the first time at the official award ceremony.

Please note that your candidate will only be contacted if they have been successfully selected by the judges to receive an award. In keeping with the guiding principle that nominees must not be made aware at any time that they are being considered for an award, the nominators should not expect to be contacted about the decisions of the judges. Nominators accept that the Judges decision will be final. 

Download the 2015 nomination form here.

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Partners

The Tusk Conservation Awards are an initiative of Tusk Trust in partnership with Investec Asset Management. Additional sponsorship is provided by: Land Rover, sponsor of the Tusk Award for Conservation in Africa and vehicle support; British Airways for the award winners´ flights; the Mantis Group for hotel accommodation in London; Moët Hennessy for wine and champagne at the event; Tiffany & Co. for the design and production of the trophies.

Tusk
Tusk

Tusk

Twenty years ago Africa was in the midst of a poaching crisis. Tusk Trust was established in 1990 in response to an urgent need to halt the decline in Africa’s natural heritage and find a way to combine the interests of people and wildlife alike.

Tusk’s current portfolio of 58 field projects spread across 17 African countries is designed not only to protect wildlife, particularly endangered species, but also to help alleviate poverty and encourage sustainable development and education amongst many poor rural communities living alongside wildlife. The charity views conservation as a long term investment, working with key partners across the continent to implement holistic and sustainable conservation projects.  

It has been Tusk’s long-term ambition to create an awards programme to celebrate outstanding achievement in African conservation. The support of Investec Asset Management as the awards partner hasenabled Tusk to turn that vision into reality. 

Investec
Investec

Investec Asset Management

Investec Asset Management is a specialist provider of active investment products and services. Established in South Africa in 1991, the firm has been built from a small start-up into an international business managing approximately US$100 billion (as at end September 2012 ). Our clients include some of the world’s largest private and public sector pension funds and range from foundations, insurers and central banks to intermediated and direct investors.

The business has grown largely organically from domestic roots in Southern Africa to a position where we proudly serve a growing international client base from the Americas, the UK, Continental Europe, Asia, the Middle East, Australia and Africa. We employ 140 investment professionals.

The firm seeks to create a profitable partnership between clients, shareholders and employees and our aim is to exceed our clients’ investment and client service expectations and to manage their money to the highest possible standard. The firm is still managed by its founding members, representing continuity and stability throughout the firm’s successful growth.

“The mutual desire to contribute to the future of Africa aligns us with Tusk, which has been working for over two decades towards building a sustainable future for Africa’s natural heritage.

We care deeply about the continent of our origin and have supported Tusk for many years through a variety of African-based conservation initiatives. We applaud the Tusk team for their unfaltering work across the continent.”

Hendrik Du Toit, CEO, Award Partner Investec Asset Management 


Land Rover
Land Rover

Land Rover

Land Rover, a long standing corporate partner of the charity, have generously come on board as co-sponsors of the Tusk Award [PNG 15cm RGB LR Logo Oval (1) (1)] for Conservation in Africa.

Together, Land Rover and Tusk are working to enhance sustainable conservation across Africa.  For Land Rover, this includes vehicle support in the UK, USA and Kenya.  In addition to providing annual support to the Safaricom Marathon, Land Rover has recently supplied a long-wheel based Land Rover for the Tusk team in Kenya.

BA
BA

British Airways

British Airways are the official travel partner for the Tusk Conservation Awards providing flights for the finalists, judges and members of the Tusk team. 

Tusk’s relationship with British Airways began in 1995, when a Cessna aircraft previously donated by Tusk to support poaching patrols and aerial surveillance in Ruaha National Park in Tanzania required a new engine block. British Airways’ engineering division kindly offered to assist the charity by negotiating a substantial discount with Cessna and then shipping the new engine block from Florida to Dar Es Salam. BA also very kindly supplied an engineer to oversee the fitting of the new engine in Tanzania.

A subsequent meeting in 1996 led to the airline establishing what has been a valuable and lasting partnership with Tusk whereby the charity has been allocated a quota of up to 10-12 BA staff tickets each year to enable key members of staff to travel to and from Africa and visit projects.

This hugely valuable travel and logistics support helps to minimise the charity’s core costs and maximise our investment into the field.  

This additional support for the Tusk Conservation Awards will allow us to celebrate the achievements of the people who work in the field; by bringing them to London with British Airways we will be able to bring them to attention of the world’s media. 

Mantis
Mantis

Mantis

Mantis is an iconic collection of hotels, founded by conservationist and businessman Adrian Gardiner.  From the outset, the group has aimed to provide outstanding service to guests whilst respecting the land, the community and the environment of each destination.  The Mantis Collection was spawned from Shamwari Game Reserve, the first of its kind in the Eastern Cape South Africa, where wild animals were re-introduced into the area to roam free, as they had done a century and more before, creating both an ecological balance and employment in a previously deprived area. The collection now spans all seven continents, where in increasing over-crowded and disrespectful environments, the exceptional is unearthed.

“Mantis is delighted and privileged to partner with the Tusk Conservation Awards.  The combined properties and conservation work of the Mantis group aim to give these Awards the voice they deserve.”

Moet & Chandon
Moet & Chandon

Moet & Chandon

Moët & Chandon is the Champagne of success and glamour since 1743.  Renowned for its achievements, firsts and legendary pioneering spirit, Moët & Chandon is the Maison that introduced Champagne to the world.  Synonymous with the most venerable of traditions and the most modern of pleasures, Moët & Chandon has celebrated life’s most triumphant moments with grandeur and generosity for over 270 years. 

Tiffany & co
Tiffany & co

Tiffany & Co.

For more than 175 years, Tiffany & Co. has built an international reputation as a premier jeweler, known for its exquisite diamonds. Founded in New York City in 1837 by Charles Lewis Tiffany, the legendary company prides itself on offering creative jewelry designs, superior craftsmanship and excellent customer service. Most importantly, Tiffany is associated with being the jeweller of romance and sentiment, helping people celebrate the special moments in their lives. The Tiffany design aesthetic has always derived its in inspiration from nature, so there is a strong company commitment to engaging in business practices that protect the earth’s beauty and resources. Preserving the environment is an imperative at Tiffany.  Every element of a Tiffany design – from the gemstones and silver used to how the company selects its partners around the globe – meets exacting standards that help preserve our planet and the natural wonders that comprise it. Tiffany takes a strong stand on responsible mining, working diligently to identify mines and country of origin of every diamond and gemstone.  Guided by the belief that a successful company has a responsibility to the greater community, Tiffany maintains a corporate giving program that supports non-profit organizations like Tusk that are dedicated to protecting nature and promoting the spirit of human innovation and creativity.


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Saturday, November 15th, 2014
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Wednesday, September 24th 2014
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Wednesday, February 5th 2014
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