Winners of the 2022 CLP Team Awards
This year we received just over 260 applications for our Conservation Team Awards. After a rigorous three-stage selection process, our Awards Selection Committee met in April 2022 and agreed on the final list of award-winners.
Our 2022 Team Awards, worth a total of $456,077, have been granted to 23 exceptional teams of 98 conservationists who are carrying out priority projects to protect imperilled species across the world.
The award-winning projects will focus on saving some of the world’s most threatened fauna and flora across 17 different countries in Latin America & the Caribbean, Asia & the Pacific, and Africa.
This includes four projects focused on protecting little-studied plants in Nepal, Egypt, Mexico and Brazil, which is the most plant-focused projects we have supported in any given year since 2017. Other projects are targeting invertebrates in the Philippines and Honduras; fish in Indonesia, Peru and Ghana; reptiles in Nigeria and India; amphibians in Ghana, Cameroon and Colombia; mammals in Kenya, Colombia and Argentina; and birds in Nepal, Nigeria, Guyana, and Peru.
More details about all 23 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.
Funding these projects would not have been possible without the generous support of Arcadia – a charitable fund of Lisbet Rausing and Peter Baldwin. We are also grateful to the March Conservation Fund for supporting us in funding a further two Future Conservationist Awards this year.
Conservation Leadership Awards – continuation awards worth $50,000 for projects up to three years in length:
- Implementing a community-based conservation management zone to protect the red siskin in Guyana
- A community-based recovery programme for the most threatened endemic plants in Egypt
Conservation Follow-Up Awards – continuation awards worth $25,000 for projects up to two years in length:
- Restoring the wild population of Maire’s yew in Nepal
- Protecting brown spider monkeys and their habitats in a biodiversity hotspot in Colombia
- Action plan for amphibians in north-eastern Colombia: ten years of monitoring and research
- Saving the last giant squeaker frogs in Ghana
- Community-based conservation of Critically Endangered vulture species in western Nepal
Future Conservationist Awards – entry-level awards worth $15,000 for projects between three and 12 months in length:
- Threats, ecology, and conservation opportunities of giant guitarfish in Karimunjawa, Indonesia
- Sharing the landscape with an Andean symbol: conserving the Andean condor in southern Peru
- Conservation of the tri-spine horseshoe crab and its habitat in Palawan, Philippines
- A schools- and science-based participatory approach to conservation in Bhutan
- Building capacities in coral reef restoration in the Bay Islands National Marine Park of Honduras
- Building knowledge, tools and capacity for mammal conservation in Chaco agroecosystems of Argentina
- Conservation of an endemic and Endangered oak tree in Baja California Sur, Mexico
- Establishing a research and stakeholder participation-based gharial conservation program in Katernia
- Saving the Critically Endangered giant guitarfishes in Ghana
- Saving the Endangered goliath frog in Cameroon
- Saving the Hildergade’s tomb bat from local persecution due to its association with the Covid-19 pandemic
- Assessing the conservation status of a poorly known and endemic lizard in Nigeria
- Working towards the conservation of angel sharks based on fisheries research in Peru
- Conservation of threatened plant species in a high diversity area of the Brazilian Atlantic forest
- Conservation of Critically Endangered Bengal florican in Koshi Tappu Wildlife Reserve, Nepal
- Reconciling the expansion of oil palm plantations and the conservation of Endangered grey parrots
One member from each award-winning team will be invited to attend the CLP Conservation Leadership & Management workshop. This course is being planned as a hybrid course, with part one of the course taking place virtually in July, and part two being tentatively planning as an in-person course in October, pending what is safe and possible with COVID-19.
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 workshop provides an opportunity to form valuable connections with other early-career conservationists. 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.