Tusk, the African conservation charity of which Prince William is Royal Patron, recently 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.
Tusk has already begun the search African conservation leaders who have undertaken outstanding, inspirational conservation work within the protection of endangered species or threatened habitat, promotion of environmental education or development of community driven conservation.
The Tusk Conservation Awards in 2013 will be bestowed upon a distinguished individual for their outstanding dedication and exceptional contribution over a minimum of ten years to conservation in Africa (considered a lifetime achievement award); as well as to an individual with a minimum of five years experience who has demonstrated a considerable commitment to conservation and has already made a significant impact (recognizing an up-and-coming conservationist whose work shows real promise).
The judging panel comprises som of the leading figures in conservation in Africa today – including Ali Kaka, Simon King, Dr Karen Ross, Nigel Winser, Rob Brett, and Charlie Mayhew, who is the co-founder of Tusk and now the charity’s Chief Executive.
Nominations will be assessed by an independent panel of experts and the winners will be announced at an awards ceremony in London in September 2013. The award winners will receive substantial grants of £30,000 and £10,000 respectively, and in addition to signaling global recognition of their work, it is intended that the awards will help to develop their projects.
Nominations are due by 15 February 2013. To submit a nomination, visit www.tuskawards.com