National Geographic/Buffett Awards for Leadership in Conservation 577 views

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The National Geographic Society is inviting nominations for the 2020 National Geographic Buffett Awards for Leadership in Africa and Latin America, which will honour unsung heroes working in the field. Two awards are presented each year: 1 for achievement in Africa and the other for achievement in Latin America. Nominees should be outstanding leaders in managing and protecting the natural resources in their regions and countries and are inspirational conservation advocates who serve as role models and mentors.

Nominations should detail the nominee’s major accomplishments in conservation, and if applicable, should demonstrate nominee’s capacity to start and continue a species-focused conservation project(s) that is active and has contributed to stabilizing or improving, the conservation status of the target species.


The awardees, 1 from Africa and 1 from Latin America, will be honored at a ceremony in Washington, D.C., where they will each receive a one-time grant of US$25,000 to support their ongoing work.


Nominees must be citizens of countries in Africa or Latin America where they develop the conservation work. Expatriates do not qualify. They have to be accomplished individuals who have created positive change in their communities through conservation. As the Buffett Awards are neither lifetime achievement awards nor early career awards, nominees must be persons at the peak of their careers as conservation leaders.

Preference will be given to nominees who have not received multiple conservation awards and to those with species-focused conservation efforts.

Self-nominations are not accepted.


Nominations are to be submitted online by 10 January 2020.

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