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Q: The Future For Nature Award is for individuals. Why not for organizations?
A: First, outstanding conservation achievements, and conservation organizations, often depend on the leadership qualities of individuals. Second, the Future For Nature Foundation wants to use its limited financial means to make a difference, and a financial award often has more added value to individuals than to organizations. The winners are expected to invest their prize in a conservation project of their own choice, and this may be a project that is “owned” by an organization.
Q: The Future For Nature Award is for individuals. Does this mean that candidates working for an organization do not qualify?
A: Any individual can apply, regardless of their formal position or affiliation to an organization. However, the Award is issued only on the basis of the achievements of the individual candidates, not on the basis of the achievements of the organization they work for. We do acknowledge that the success of a team or an organization can be attributed to the achievement of a candidate.
Q: Why is the Award only for species protection and not for nature conservation in general?
A: Our entry to nature conservation is through species protection. The nature conservation outcomes and impacts of species protection efforts are important criteria in the selection of the winners.
Q: Do “end of career” candidates qualify?
A: The Award aims to provide both a reward for achievements and an incentive to continue species protection work. In this respect, “end of career” candidates will not be excluded, but the chances of becoming an Award winner are less.
Q: You ask for two referee statements. What are the envisaged qualifications for referees?
A: A minimum of two referee statements is absolutely critical for a successful application. The referees must be knowledgeable about species protection. Criteria used by the Selection Committee to judge the quality of referees are a good track record in scientific research and/or species protection. However, you only will be requested to provide referee evidence once you have been selected as one of the nominees for the Award.
Q: Do I have to be working in a developing country in order to qualify for the Award?
A: No. Candidates from all over the world can qualify. However, we do anticipate a more or less even distribution of winners across various regions of the world.
Q: If my application is not successful, may I re-apply for a subsequent round?