The Tusk (www.Tusk.org) Conservation Awards, in partnership with NinetyOne and in conjunction with HRH The Prince of Wales, are an annual celebration of African conservation leaders, wildlife rangers, and their significant impacts in the field.
For the last decade, the Tusk Conservation Awards have served to celebrate the achievements of extraordinary people whose work protecting Africa’s unique natural heritage might otherwise go unnoticed.
The 2022 Tusk Conservation Awards saw the recognition of 5 outstanding conservationists from Mozambique, Kenya, Tanzania, Zambia and Uganda. To date, 55 conservationists from 18 African countries have been recognised.
The awards come at a critical time for conservation. Despite major global biodiversity summits taking place and positioning the future of Africa’s wildlife at the centre stage of governmental talks, we believe that we can help ecosystems resist and recover from the impact of climate change more effectively if we provide local people and organisations with the appropriate resources and recognition.
Nominations are now open at: https://bit.ly/3wo5rOP. Our judges are looking for dedicated, forward-thinking individuals at different career stages with demonstrable impact, whose work has the potential to be replicated across the continent.
Alumni of the awards manage some of Africa’s largest conservation areas and are driving progress across the field with their expertise and passion for nature.
Becoming exposed to global media opportunities, finalists and winners will see their profiles raised, maximising the impact of their ground-breaking work.
2022 winner of the Prince William Award for Conservation in Africa, Achilles Byaruhanga shared: “The natural world is one of Africa’s largest and most important resources and it is something we must continue to protect, in the face of any adversaries or challenges. Preserving our wildlife is not only for ourselves now, but for the benefit of generations to come.”
Commenting on the Tusk Conservation Awards, Tusk Trustee and Awards Judge Beatrice Karanja, said: “Empowering local people and championing the importance of their conservation efforts is vital to ensure that these field-leaders are well positioned to address the threats that endanger Africa’s wildlife. Through the Tusk Conservation Awards and thanks to our leading sponsors, we are able to provide this support encouraging African leadership and accelerating progress in the field of conservation.”
Award categories include:
Prince William Award for Conservation in Africa sponsored by NinetyOne, a lifetime achievement award, which recognises outstanding dedication and exceptional continued contribution to conservation in Africa. Previous winners include Ian Craig and Achilles Byaruhanga.
Tusk Award for Conservation in Africa sponsored by Land Rover Defender, an award for an individual judged to be emerging as a leading conservationist, in recognition of their outstanding contribution to conservation and considerable success shown in their chosen field.
Tusk Wildlife Ranger Award sponsored by the Nick Maughan Foundation (NMF), an award to recognise the dedication and commitment of an individual who works in the field on a daily basis to protect Africa’s wildlife.
Nominations close on the 6 April 2023. Judging will take place in late April/early May with the announcements on finalists and winners taking place from July, followed by the Awards ceremony in November 2023.
Distributed by APO Group on behalf of Tusk.
For further information, please contact:
Clara Barrasús Amador
+44 (0) 7553 735091
Tel: +44 1747 831005
For more than 30 years, Tusk has worked to amplify the impact of progressive conservation initiatives across Africa. Since its formation, Tusk has helped pioneer an impressive range of successful conservation projects across more than 20 countries, including in Nigeria, Guinea and Mali. These initiatives have not only increased vital protection for more than 40 different threatened species, but also helped to alleviate poverty through sustainable development and education amongst rural communities living alongside wildlife.
Tusk partners with the most effective local organisations, investing in their in-depth knowledge and expertise. By supporting and nurturing their conservation programmes, Tusk helps to accelerate growth from an innovative idea to a scalable solution. The charity, which has Prince William as its Royal Patron, has raised and invested over $100m since its founding in 1990.
NinetyOne is an active, global investment manager managing £134.9 billion in assets (as at 30.06.22). Our goal is to provide long-term investment returns for our clients while making a positive difference to people and the planet. Established in South Africa in 1991, as Investec Asset Management, the firm began as a small start-up offering domestic investments in an emerging market. In 2020, as a global firm proud of our emerging market roots, we demerged to become Ninety One. We are committed to developing specialist investment teams organically. Our heritage and approach let us bring a different perspective to active and sustainable investing across equities, fixed income, multi-asset and alternatives to our clients - institutions, advisors and individual investors around the world. www.NinetyOne.com
The Nick Maughan Foundation:
The Nick Maughan Foundation was established in 2020 to further a range of philanthropic initiatives in education, the environment and civic support schemes for disenfranchised communities. Founded by the British impact investor and philanthropist Nick Maughan, the Foundation supports wildlife conservation projects both in the United Kingdom and worldwide.
NMF has also matched all donations up to £150,000 made to Tusk through The Times newspaper’s 2020 Annual Christmas Appeal, with the additional funding going towards protecting endangered animals and the livelihoods of thousands of local farmers. https://www.NMF.org/environment
About Land Rover:
Since 1948 Land Rover has been manufacturing authentic 4x4s that represent true 'breadth of capability' across the model range. Defender, Discovery, Discovery Sport, Range Rover, Range Rover Sport, Range Rover Velar and Range Rover Evoque each define the world's SUV sectors, with 80 per cent of this model range exported to over 100 countries.
Land Rover is proud to support the Tusk Awards, not only to help recognise and raise awareness of the contribution of these leading conservationists, but to provide resources that empower communities and individuals in wildlife conservation programmes across Africa. www.LandRover.com