WARA led by Charlotte Houpline is part of the EAGLE community of activists founded by Ofir Drori, FFN Award winner 2011, and they recently arrested Carlos Corces Bustamante, a Spanish wildlife criminal. He had illegally rented a hunting reserve in a remote area, abounding in wildlife, where he had organized hunting expeditions for trophy hunters from all around the world, with no respect to any rules, for years. The investigation revealed his illegal possession of guns and his involvement in drugs trafficking.
We have received an extensive personal update from Patricia Medici, winner of the Future For Nature Award of 2008. Including updates from the field, team expansion and they also won a prestigious prize.
Recently Thai Van Nguyen, winner of the FFN Award 2016 and executive director of Save Vietnam’s Wildlife celebrated the fourth anniversary with his team. What started off with Thai’s mission to save the pangolins has now grown to a team of over 40 people.
Ghana has legally established a protected area for endangered frog species in the country. Though there are a few protected areas for all manner of species, this is the first one for frogs in Ghana and many other parts of Africa. The area comprises 847 acres of land located in the Ho West District of the Volta region.
Update from the field by Shahriar Caesar Rahman, FFN Award winner 2017: Collaborating with the Government and the Local Community to Prevent Extinction of Asia’s Largest Tortoise.
Asian Giant Tortoise (Manouria emys) is the largest tortoise in Asia and grows up to an impressive 35 kilograms. They are one of the very few chelonian species that have been documented to actively build nests using leaf litter. Historically found throughout the tropical forests in the southeast Asian countries, they are currently threatened with extinction and listed as Critically Endangered on the IUCN Red list.
Hana Ridha, FFN Award winner 2017, was recently visited by bioGraphic which resulted in an elaborate interview about Hana and her work for Nature Iraq, protecting the Persian Leopard in the midst of the turmoil that has enveloped Iraq. The interview highlights how the Iraq-Iran War influenced her work in becoming a conservationist, how she finds sanctuary in the mountains and how she works against all odds to set up an envisioned Peace Park.
Bronwyn Maree, winner of the 2014 FFN Award, is the Outreach and Compliance Coordinator for the seabird component of the Common Oceans Tuna Project, and has recently been overseeing a Port-based Outreach pilot project to create awareness of the regulations and seabird mitigation measures, particularly focusing on the Chinese fast-growing fleets.
Wietse van de Werf, FFN Award winner 2016, has been awarded the prestigious Ashoka Fellowship for his work as CEO of the Sea Ranger Service, established to revolutionize ocean conservation. This organization combines the empowerment of unemployed youths and re-integration of navy veterans to provide a concrete solution to severe global human capacity shortages in the monitoring of Marine Protected Areas (MPAs).
Thirty (30) young leaders from around the world are recognized by the NAAEE as the top young change-makers in environmental education for 2018. Each year, the Environmental Education (EE) 30 Under 30 programme highlights the work of young professionals, under the age of 30, representing diverse backgrounds and ethnicities, who are using environmental education to create change in their communities and forge a sustainable future. SPS Chief Mermaid and Co-Founder Anna Oposa joins a group of thirty awardees who are leaders in their communities across five continents.