Prince William Award for Conservation in Africa

Speak out for Africa’s conservation leaders and the wildlife and communities they support.

Prince William Award for Conservation in Africa

A lifetime achievement award, which recognises outstanding dedication and exceptional continued contribution to conservation in Africa.

Previous winners have included Clive Stockil from Zimbabwe, Richard Bonham from Kenya, Garth Owen-Smith from Namibia, John Kahekwa from DRC, Rian Labuschagne, former Park Manager of Zakouma National Park in Chad, and in 2018 Dr Pete Morkel from Zimbabwe, who has been key to a myriad of conservation initiatives across Africa.

This prestigious award is sponsored by Ninety One.

The winner of the Prince William Award for Conservation in Africa 2020 will be announced on 3rd December 2020 – watch the announcement live

Dr. Carlos Lopes Pereira | Mozambique
Winner of the Prince William Award for Conservation in Africa 2019

In 2019 Dr. Carlos Lopes Pereira was awarded the lifetime achievement award by The Duke of Cambridge in recognition of his immeasurable impact in laying the foundations for protecting Mozambique’s natural resources, as well as building the institutional capacity to fight wildlife crime.  At the awards ceremony in London, Tusk CEO, Charlie Mayhew said “Without the bravery and selfless dedication of the remarkable people we are honouring tonight, it would be an uncertain future for Africa’s iconic wildlife and the communities to whom it belongs.”

You can watch Carlos’s story below or read more here.

All Tusk Conservation Awards Criteria

Across all three awards decisions are made based on the following eligibility criteria:

Awards will be given for:

  • Proven positive impact on the lives of the people and wildlife of Africa
  • Demonstration of past successes
  • People who act as a role model and provide a level of mentorship
  • People whose ideas are replicable or scalable in-country and across the continent
  • Country nationals with the exception of long-term residency (15+ years) or commitment to country/region/ building capacity of local team members for future leadership.
  • People and projects that will continue into the future and are sustainable
  • People who take a grassroots approach to their work and are inclusive of local communities
  • Proven collaboration amongst peers and within Government structures
  • Work that needs to be recognised and given publicity in order to thrive
  • People that can prove ‘value’ for money and have the ability to manage grants and reporting requirements

Awards are not made for:

  • Self-applications
  • Posthumously
  • People who are undertaking pure academic research
  • Individuals working for themselves (not part of a team)
  • Individuals working in animal welfare or the rehabilitation of captive animals

Prince William Award for Conservation in Africa Award Criteria

A lifetime achievement award, which recognises outstanding dedication and exceptional continued contribution to conservation in Africa.

  • 20+ years experience in the field
  • Continues actively to advance conservation in Africa through innovation and leadership
  • Proven conservation legacy
  • Evidenced replicability of work
  • Leader in field of expertise
  • Proven impact supported by examples
  • Instigated change at a country-wide and/or continent-wide or international level
  • Source of inspiration for young conservationists
  • Evidence of clear succession planning
  • Minimum of two strong local references

If you’ve been inspired by Carlos’s story, learn about another finalist, or let others know about the Tusk Awards.

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Many thanks to David Yarrow,
Tusk’s official photographer for use of his wonderful work.

Royal Patron HRH The Duke of Cambridge, KG KT

The Tusk Conservation Awards are an initiative of Tusk.

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