Type of Funding
The prestigious 2020 Future for Nature Award celebrates tangible achievements by young and talented conservationists around the world who are committed to protecting species of wild animals and plants. The Award rewards and funds individuals for their outstanding efforts, stimulates them to sustain their dedicated work and helps to raise their profile, extend their professional network and strengthen their funding basis. Annually, 3 winners will be chosen.
It is hoped that the winners of this Future for Nature award can inspire and mobilize communities, organizations, governments, investors and the public at large.
Each of the 3 winners will receive €50,000, which is intended strictly for furthering a conservation project of their choice, and which is initiated and implemented by him/her. In addition, the Award provides the winners international recognition and reinforced linkages to an international conservation network. Each winner will receive a small Future for Nature sculpture and a Future for Nature Certificate summarizing their achievements. The Award only for species protection and not for nature conservation in general
Winners must present their work at the Future For Nature Award event at Royal Burgers’ Zoo in Arnhem, the Netherlands, which will take place in May 2019. Travel and accommodation costs will be covered.
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.
Only individuals are eligible for nomination, and not organisations. The candidate must be 35 years old or younger; hence, they must be born on or after 30 April 1984 and before the 30 April 2002.. They should have achieved substantial and long-term beneficial contributions to the conservation status of 1 or more animal and/or plant species or that of a specific population of 1 or more animal and/or plant species. Work related to the conservation and protection of endangered species (IUCN’s Red List) is given priority.
Candidates must have demonstrated leadership and entrepreneurship, creativity and innovation, and commitment, determination and passion for conservation work. They should have demonstrated that they have been cost-effective in the conservation work that they performed and must be committed to continuing their conservation work, as the Award aims to stimulate the winner’s future work and is not an “end of career” prize.
Applicants have to be proficient in English in order to be able to reach a large audience. The focus of the project must be on conservation of species. The project can involve a component of (fundamental) research but this should not be the main focus. The main focus should be conservation action with a practical impact.
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.
The completed application form available online, has to be submitted via email by 15 September 2019.