Interviews

CLP is proud to have supported some of the leading lights in conservation and it is always a great pleasure to find out how their careers are progressing.

Past award winners often credit CLP with catalysing their successful careers. Many of them are now working full time in the conservation sector within national and international NGOs, universities, research organisations and private companies as biodiversity consultants. Several CLP alumni are now directing country-wide, regional and global programmes of work.

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Future Conservationist Award

Sowing the seeds

Cristina López-Gallego, December 2017

Future Conservationist Award Plant
In 2009, Colombian biologist Professor Cristina López-Gallego and two fellow botanists won a Conservation Leadership Programme (CLP) team award to assess the status of – and put together an action...Read interview with Cristina López-Gallego

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Conservation Follow-up Award

Saving species in Sulawesi

Iwan Hunowu, September 2017

Conservation Follow-up Award Bird
In 1996, the Conservation Leadership Programme (CLP) funded Action Sampiri, a project to study the endemic, and elusive, birds of North Sulawesi’s Talaud and Sangihe islands. For research team...Read interview with Iwan Hunowu

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Conservation Follow-up Award Bird
Conservation Follow-up Award

Batman begins

Vu Dinh Thong, March 2017

Conservation Follow-up Award Mammal
In 2001, the Conservation Leadership Programme (CLP) funded a project led by Vu Dinh Thong to study the diversity and status of bats in Vietnam’s Bach Ma National Park. This...Read interview with Vu Dinh Thong

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Conservation Follow-up Award Mammal
Conservation Follow-up Award

One giant leap

Mirza Kusrini, October 2016

Conservation Follow-up Award Amphibian
In 2004, the Conservation Leadership Programme (CLP) funded a project led by Dr Mirza Kusrini to research frog diversity in one of the last pristine forests on the densely populated...Read interview with Mirza Kusrini

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Conservation Follow-up Award Amphibian
Conservation Leadership Award

In tune with his environment

Makala Jasper, August 2016

Conservation Leadership Award Plant
A skilled forester and passionate conservationist, Makala Jasper is the co-founder and current CEO of the Mpingo Conservation & Development Initiative, which is widely regarded as one of Tanzania’s most...Read interview with Makala Jasper

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Conservation Leadership Award Plant
Future Conservationist Award

Follow your passion

Hazell Thompson, April 2016

Future Conservationist Award Bird
Dr Hazell Thompson is a conservation biologist with a PhD in ornithology and more than 25 years’ experience in NGO capacity development, teaching and research in ecology, ornithology and conservation....Read interview with Hazell Thompson

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Future Conservationist Award Bird
Conservation Follow-up Award

From Lake Baikal with love

Denis Sandanov, December 2015

Conservation Follow-up Award Plant
A deep affection for Lake Baikal inspired Russian botanist Denis Sandanov to work in conservation. Having tested the water, he took the plunge and was soon immersed in a CLP-funded...Read interview with Denis Sandanov

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Conservation Follow-up Award Plant
Conservation Follow-up Award

Convinced about bats

Bandana Aul, August 2015

Conservation Follow-up Award Mammal
Adventure, exploration and journeying to remote locations where no one has been before is part of what drives Bandana Aul. The other part is her respect and understanding for bats,...Read interview with Bandana Aul

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Conservation Follow-up Award Mammal
Future Conservationist Award

Start as you mean to go on

Adam Gretton, May 2015

Future Conservationist Award Bird
Adam Gretton took part in one of the first ever projects awarded by CLP in 1986. Nearly 30 years later he is still working in conservation. We spoke to him...Read interview with Adam Gretton

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Future Conservationist Award Bird
Conservation Leadership Award

Snapping up Awards for Croc Conservation

Tess Gatan Balbas, August 2014

Conservation Leadership Award Reptile
The Conservation Leadership Programme (CLP) identifies potential leaders with a strong commitment to conservation and positions them to multiply their impact. It is always exciting to hear of this...Read interview with Tess Gatan Balbas

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