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.
During the invigorating Future For Nature Awards on April 20, 2018, Future For Nature had the honour of hosting Dutch supermodel and activist Doutzen Kroes as Guest of Honour.
Hostess Saba Douglas-Hamilton welcomed Doutzen on the stage with tears in her eyes. “For me, Doutzen Kroes is a guardian angel of a different kind, because of the amazing work she has been doing helping us save elephants.”
The new round of applications for the FFN awards 2019 is now open!
Will you be one of the next wildlife heroes carrying the prestigious Future For Nature Laureate title?
It was a gorgeous day in Burgers’ Zoo, Arnhem!
After spending days rehearsing their speeches, and also having some fun at the Open Air museum, visiting the zoo and inspiring many young minds at the Future For Nature Academy Day, the winners were ready for the big day!
Last Friday was the annual FFN Award Event and what an incredible day it was indeed! We can barely believe it is over already.
Hearing the inspiring, pure and most touching stories of the FFN Award winners 2018 left us grasping the tissues in emotion and awe.
With only a week till the Future For Nature Event 2018, we are immensely excited to announce that the Guest of Honour of the FFN Awards 2018 will be Dutch supermodel and passionate activist Doutzen Kroes!