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Wednesday, 4th December 2013

THE DUKE’S CONSERVATION CHARITY CALLS FOR NOMINATIONS 

Following this year’s launch of the Tusk Conservation Awards, presented in London by the charity’s Royal Patron HRH The Duke of Cambridge, Tusk is pleased to announce the opening of nominations for the 2014 awards.

Established in partnership with Investec Asset Management, the awards recognise individuals who have undertaken outstanding, inspirational conservation work in Africa within the spheres of protection of endangered species or threatened habitat, promotion of environmental education or development of community driven conservation.

Now open to nominations from across the continent of Africa, the Tusk Conservation Awards encompasses two separate awards detailed below. The award winners will receive substantial grants of £30,000 and £15,000 respectively, and in addition to signalling recognition of their work, the awards contribute to the development of their projects.

  • 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 will be presented with a grant, provided by Investec Asset Management, towards 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. The award winner will be presented with grants to further their work.

Tusk has been working since 1990 to build a sustainable future for the African continent and its wildlife. It has been both the Prince’s and the charity’s long-term ambition to create an awards programme to celebrate outstanding achievement in African conservation. The inaugural event at the Royal Society in September, attended by The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, became the focus of the TV documentary, “Prince William’s Passion: New Father, New Hope” broadcast around the world.  

Charlie Mayhew, Tusk’s co-founder and CEO, said: “The success of the first year’s awards surpassed all our expectations and we very much hope that the profile gained from the Prince’s involvement will ensure that we will receive a strong list of nominations from all over Africa for the 2014 Awards”

Award Partner, Investec Asset Management’s CEO, Hendrik du Toit, added, ““By celebrating exceptional contributions to conservation, we hope to inspire the wider community to get involved in this very important cause.” 

To nominate an individual please visit www.tuskawards.com or email info@tuskawards.com

 

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Thursday 12th September 2013

DUKE AND DUCHESS OF CAMBRIDGE ATTEND THE TUSK CONSERVATION AWARDS 

Duke presents inaugural Prince William Award for Conservation in Africa 

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge attended the inaugural Tusk Conservation Awards at The Royal Society in London this evening. As Royal Patron of Tusk, the Duke presented the awards including the first Prince William Award for Conservation in Africa – a lifetime achievement award given to Clive Stockil from Zimbabwe. The awards, established in partnership with Investec Asset Management, recognise and highlight the work of dedicated conservationists across Africa.

In his keynote speech, the Duke highlighted: “There is so much good work going on which we can celebrate and get behind. I think sometimes, sat here, we can feel a little powerless to make a difference for species that we desperately care about. The focus that these Tusk Awards bring on a diverse group of brilliant conservationists provides a means of channelling our longing to help.”

The gala evening, The Duke and Duchess’s first joint engagement in London following the birth of Prince George in July, was also attended by the President and First Lady of Gabon, Secretary of State for the Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, Rt Hon.Owen Paterson MP. Other key guests included Rolling Stone guitarist, Ronnie Wood, and TV adventurer Ben Fogle, Dire Straits guitarist, John Illsley, and naturalist and filmmaker, Simon King. The ceremony was hosted by Tusk patron, the broadcaster, Kate Silverton.

The Prince William Award for Conservation in Africa

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. 

The Tusk Award for Conservation

The Duke also presented the Tusk Award for Conservation to Kenyan, Tom Lalampaa, 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.

Highly Commended prize

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. 

The other short listed candidates were: Kerri Wolter, Vulture Protection (VulPro), South Africa; Edwin Kinyanjui, Mount Kenya Trust, Kenya; and Josia Razafindramanana, Crowned Sifaka Conservation Project, Madagascar.  After the ceremony, each of these nominees received a certificate, signed by The Duke of Cambridge, in recognition of their outstanding work in Africa.

The award winners will receive substantial grants of £30,000 and £15,000 respectively, and in addition to signalling recognition of their work, it is intended that the awards will contribute to and help to develop their projects.

The specially commissioned trophies were designed and produced by Tiffany & Co., as one of the event co-sponsors in conjunction with British Airways, the Mantis Group and Dom Perignon.

Charlie Mayhew, Tusk’s co-founder and CEO, said: “When we first discussed the idea of the Awards with the Duke, he was immediately enthusiastic about the project and gave it his full support.  We are thrilled that both he and the Duchess have been able to attend the inaugural event tonight. The quality and calibre of the short-list for the Awards was exceptional, and a testament to the immense contribution they have all made in their respective roles in African conservation over many years. We are immensely grateful to Investec Asset Management and our co-sponsors for making this evening possible, and hope this first set of Awards will capture people’s imagination to support the future challenges of conservation across this magnificent continent.”

Award Partner, Investec Asset Management’s CEO, Hendrik du Toit, added, “Given our substantial business interests in Africa and our commitment to the continent and its people we identify with Tusk’s mission. It is a privilege to be associated with Tusk, which has been working for over two decades towards building a sustainable future for Africa’s natural heritage.”

 

PRESS RELEASE 

Thursday 29th August 2013

THE DUKE AND DUCHESS OF CAMBRIDGE WILL ATTEND THE INAUGURAL TUSK CONSERVATION AWARDS

Tusk is delighted to announce that TRH The Duke of Cambridge, Royal Patron of Tusk, and The Duchess of Cambridge will attend the inaugural Tusk Conservation Awards at The Royal Society, London on Thursday 12th September 2013. At the end of the awards ceremony The Duke of Cambridge will make a short speech.

The awards, developed in partnership with Investec Asset Management, aim to celebrate outstanding achievement in the field of African conservation. From practical field conservation to successful environmental education, the Tusk Conservation Awards 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 ceremony, hosted by broadcaster and journalist Kate Silverton, will be a celebration of Africa’s ‘unsung’ heroes of conservation.

The nominees were shortlisted from fifty nominations by an expert panel of judges including Nigel Winser, Simon King OBE, Dr Karen Ross, Dr Rob Brett and Ali Kaka.

Two awards will be presented by The Duke of Cambridge on the night. 

The Prince William Award for Conservation in Africa: A lifetime achievement award, which will recognise outstanding dedication and exceptional contribution to conservation in Africa. The recipient of this award will be announced and presented with a specially commissioned trophy by The Duke. This award is sponsored by Investec Asset Management.

The Tusk Award for Conservation in Africa: This award is for an individual who has been judged to be emerging as a leading conservationist and in recognition of their outstanding contribution to conservation and considerable success shown in their chosen field.

The judges have shortlisted five finalists for the Tusk Conservation Award. The winner will be announced and presented with a trophy during the ceremony. In this inaugural year, the judges have decided to recognise one of the finalists with a Highly Commended prize. This award is sponsored by Land Rover.

The five finalists are:

  • Alasdair Harris – Blue Ventures Conservation in Madagascar
  • Kerri Wolter – Vulture Protection (VulPro), South Africa
  • Edwin Kinyanjui – Mount Kenya Trust, Kenya
  • Josia Razafindramanana – Crowned Sifaka Conservation Project, Madagascar
  • Tom Lalampaa – Northern Rangelands Trust, Kenya

In addition to the generous sponsorship being given by Investec Asset Management and Land Rover, the Awards are being supported by British Airways, Tiffany & Co, The Mantis Group, The Draycott Hotel and Dom Perignon.

A 60 minute documentary featuring an exclusive interview with The Duke of Cambridge and featuring the work of the Tusk award winners and nominees is due to be broadcast by CNN and ITV (UK) on Sunday 15th September.    

 

PRESS RELEASE

Friday 10th May 2013

PRINCE WILLIAM GIVES HIS NAME TO TOP AFRICAN CONSERVATION AWARD

Prince William is to give his name to a new lifetime achievement award, which will recognise the outstanding work of a top conservationist in Africa each year.

The Tusk Conservation Awards will include a lifetime achievement award that is to be known as The Prince William Award for Conservation in Africa. The awards, launched in autumn 2012 in partnership with global investment firm Investec Asset Management, attracted fifty nominations from across Africa.

The Prince William Award for Conservation in Africa is a lifetime achievement award, given to a distinguished individual for outstanding dedication and exceptional contribution over many years to conservation in Africa. The winning individual, selected from a shortlist of nominations received, will be presented with a grant, provided by Investec Asset Management, towards their chosen project….Click here to Download this Press Release

 

PRESS RELEASE

Monday 19th November 2012

 PRINCE WILLIAM BACKS AWARD TO CELEBRATE EXCELLENCE IN AFRICAN CONSERVATION

HRH The Duke of Cambridge has agreed to support a new annual award scheme that aims to celebrate outstanding achievement in the field of African conservation.

Tusk, the African conservation charity of which Prince William is Royal Patron, today announced the establishment of The Tusk Conservation Awards in partnership with Investec Asset Management. Tusk has been working since 1990 to build a sustainable future for the African continent and its wildlife. 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 has enabled Tusk to turn that vision into reality.

The charity has already begun the search for individuals who have undertaken outstanding, inspirational conservation work in Africa within the protection of endangered species or threatened habitat, promotion of environmental education or development of community driven conservation….. Click here to Download this Press Release.

 

Other Press: 

Radio Times, 15th September 2013

Despite the demands of being a new dad, William was desperately keen to talk about the destruction of Africa’s wildlife and he booked time out of his paternity leave to do so. Since becoming Royal Patron of Tusk, a Dorset-based charity devoted to animal conservation in Africa, the Prince has made regular trips to the continent highlighting the need for action. On 12 September, in a ceremony in London, he will present the first Tusk Conservation Awards to campaigners and workers in the field. Alongside him, and offering her support, will be the Duchess of Cambridge.

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Telegraph, 12th September 2013

Tusk Conservation Awards: Princely custodians of the bush

Two conservationists were honoured tonight for their work in Africa with awards presented by Prince William. Nigel Richardson, who spent time with both men, in Zimbabwe and Kenya, reports on what they do and where tourists can see them in action.

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BBC News, 13th September 2013

Prince William awards Kenyan and Zimbabwean conservationists

Tom Lalampaa has won a conservation award for his work in northern Kenya by the wildlife charity Tusk Trust.  He was one of five nominees and received his prize from Prince William at an awards ceremony in London.  Mr Lalampaa runs an organisation that helps remote and sometimes feuding communities co-exist with wildlife in a 200,000 sq km (4.9m-acre) area.

Zimbabwe’s Clive Stockil was also honoured with a lifetime achievement award for his work with rhinos.  Mr Stockil “is one of Africa’s great conservation pioneers, who long before many others recognised how critical it is to engage local communities in the conservation of their natural heritage,” one of the Tusk Conservation Awards judges said.

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Telegraph, 20th November 2012:

“The Duke of Cambridge has offered his support for two new awards celebrating successes in African wildlife conservation. The inaugural Tusk Conservation Awards, set up by Tusk, an African conservation charity of which the Duke is a royal patron, will be held next year with two different categories.”  

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Business Day Live, 19th November 2012: 

“INVESTEC Asset Management on Monday announced a new collaboration with Tusk Trust, an African conservation charity of which the UK’s Prince William is royal patron, that will see top conservationists rewarded for their efforts to preserve African wildlife”

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