Winners of the 2021 CLP Conservation Team Awards
This year we received just over 360 applications for our Conservation Team Awards. After a rigorous selection process, our Awards Selection Committee was able to agree on the final list of award-winners.
Our 2021 Team Awards, worth a total of $437,405, have been granted to 22 exceptional teams of 92 conservationists who are carrying out vital projects on priority species across the world. Funding these projects would not have been possible without the generous support of Arcadia – a charitable fund of Lisbet Rausing and Peter Baldwin.
The award-winning projects will focus on saving some of the world’s most threatened fauna across 15 different countries. This includes invertebrates in Brazil and Indonesia; reptiles in Argentina, India and the Philippines; amphibians in Ghana, Togo, Colombia and Argentina; various mammals in Kenya, Nigeria, Vietnam, India, and Nepal; and various birds in Ethiopia, Brazil, Mexico, Vietnam, French Polynesia, and India.
More details about all 22 winning projects can be found below by following the links to each individual project page. You can also read this article announcing the awards, watch videos about some of the projects, and find out how some of our awardees reacted to the news.
Conservation Leadership Awards – continuation awards worth $50,000 for projects up to three years in length (in no particular order):
- Range-wide action to safeguard the critically endangered Togo slippery frog
- Bat conservation in Cat Ba-Ha Long landscape complex and Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park
Conservation Follow-Up Awards – continuation awards worth $25,000 for projects up to two years in length (in no particular order):
- Promoting sustainable fishing to conserve the last remaining population of river dolphins in Nepal
- ‘Helping the skimmer skim ‘- Establishing a conservation model for Indian skimmers
- Protecting priority nesting sites for Craveri’s murrelet in Mexico through community engagement
- Coral reef conservation in the largest Brazilian Marine Protected Area
- Ensuring harlequin toads conservation in the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta, Colombia
Future Conservationist Awards – entry-level awards worth $15,000 for projects between three and 12 months in length (in no particular order):
- Habitat restoration and corridors creation to enhance conservation of the Pampean sand dune lizard
- Conserving threatened shorebirds through community-based conservation in the Red River Delta, Vietnam
- Testing conservation and habitat restoration methods to preserve endemic birds and plants on Rapa island, French Polynesia
- Enhancing community management of marine turtle nesting beaches to combat illegal trade in Palawan
- Conservation of the Endangered Preuss’s monkey on the Obudu Plateau, Nigeria
- Conservation of threatened migratory and resident shorebirds in the Banco dos Cajuais, Brazil
- Sustained farming alongside a thriving giraffe population in Garissa along the Kenya-Somalia border
- Conservation of the Endangered Salim Ali’s fruit bat in Western Ghats, India
- Creating the grassroots to conserve the Santa Fe frog in the South American Great Chaco
- Frontier social conservation action and research of horseshoe crabs in Indonesia
- Hornbills and people: building an alliance for conservation in the North Bengal landscape, India
- Status of lion-tailed macaques in the Nilambur forests of Nilgiri Biosphere Reserve, India
- Community-based conservation of red panda in different conservation regimes in Arunachal, India
- Conservation of black softshell turtles through a participatory approach in Assam, northeast India
- Population status, threats and conservation of blue-winged goose in Ethiopia
One member from each award-winning team will be invited to attend the CLP Conservation Leadership & Management Course. Due to continuing restrictions imposed by the COVID-19 pandemic, we are planning for the course to be held online again this year. As in previous years, this course offers training in essential topics for professional conservationists, enabling them to build on the knowledge and skills that will underpin their future careers as conservation leaders. Moreover, by bringing participants together from around the world, the course provides an opportunity to form valuable connections 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.