The Prince William Award for Conservation in Africa is a lifetime achievement award, which recognises outstanding dedication and exceptional continued contribution to conservation in Africa.
Previous winners include Clive Stockil from Zimbabwe (2013), Richard Bonham from Kenya (2014), Garth Owen-Smith from Namibia (2015), John Kahekwa from DRC (2016), Rian Labuschagne, former Park Manager of Zakouma National Park in Chad (2017), Dr Pete Morkel from Zimbabwe (2018), Dr. Carlos Lopes Pereira from Mozambique (2019) and the 2020 winner was Hipólito Lima from São Tomé and Príncipe.
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Hipólito Lima has dedicated 26 years of his life to sea turtle conservation, protecting sea turtle females and their nests, monitoring the nesting beaches, training local rangers, and empowering local communities into sea turtle guardians and conservation leaders. His leadership has been crucial in lobbying the government for the establishment of legislation that would provide protection for sea turtles in the archipelago. This new legislation declares a complete ban on the capture, possession, and sale of all sea turtle species and their by-products as well as disturbance of nesting habitats. He has dedicated his entire life to restoring and preserving what his father once destroyed.
You can watch Hipólito’s story below or read more here.
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.