Winners of the 2020 Conservation Team Awards
This year we received almost 350 applications for our Conservation Team Awards, making it a very competitive selection process! After much discussion, our Awards Selection Committee was able to agree on the final list of award-winners.
Our 2020 Awards, worth a total of just under $350,000, are being granted to 19 exceptional teams who are carrying out vital conservation projects across the world. These projects are being supported with grateful thanks to Arcadia – a charitable fund of Lisbet Rausing and Peter Baldwin. The projects will focus on saving some of the world’s most threatened fauna and flora, including invertebrates (Georgia), amphibians (Argentina, Colombia and Ghana), birds (Georgia, Kazakhstan and Kenya), fish (Indonesia), and various mammals such as snow leopards (India and Tajikistan) and horseshoe bats (Romania).
More details about all 19 winning projects can be found below by following the links to each individual project page. You can also hear from some of our award-winners on how they reacted to the news of their award.
Future Conservationist Awards (in no particular order):
- Occupancy modelling to determine wildlife corridors at Makgadikgadi Pans, Botswana
- Testing snow leopard human-wildlife conflict prevention measures in Tajikistan
- The snaring disaster and optimistic solutions for in situ wildlife conservation in Vietnam and Laos
- Assessing the status and threats to the Nigerian white-bellied pangolin
- A carnivore conservation initiative in the north-eastern forest reserves of Bangladesh
- Monitoring and habitat rehabilitation for Sharpe’s longclaw in Kinangop, Kenya
- An amphibian strategy for the consolidation of the Páramo de Sonsón action plan in Colombia
- Small felid conservation in an endangered ecosystem in Bolivia
- Saving the Critically Endangered intermediate puddle frog in Ghana
- Taking action to conserve understudied key seagrass species in Osa, Costa Rica
- Protecting endangered plant species of the mecrusse forest in the Panda District, Mozambique
- Roost and habitat protection for short-tailed roundleaf bats in Nigeria
- Socio-scientific research on sawfish populations in Indonesia
- Development of catching techniques and tagging of the red-breasted goose by satellite transmitters in Kazakhstan
- Conservation actions and invertebrates investigation in Sataplia-Tskaltubo karst caves, Georgia
Conservation Follow-Up Awards (in no particular order):
- Recovering the Critically Endangered El Rincon stream frog in Patagonia, Argentina
- Research and conservation of the velvet scoter in Georgia
- Transboundary conservation of horseshoe bats in the Romanian-Serbian Iron Gates
Conservation Leadership Award
- A foundation for the future: Building India’s first comprehensive model for snow leopard conservation
One member from each team will be invited to attend the CLP Conservation Leadership & Management Course. Due to restrictions imposed by the COVID-19 pandemic, we are planning for the course to be held online this year (more details to follow). As in previous years, this course will offer training in high-priority topics and, by bringing participants together from around the world, it provides an opportunity to form a peer-to-peer network with other early-career conservationists. Trainees will also be invited to an in-person reunion at a later date (when it is deemed to be safe to do so). Winning a CLP award also gives each team access to the CLP alumni network, which offers more opportunities for funding, training and learning exchanges.
Summaries of previous years’ winning projects can also be reviewed under our Supported Projects pages.