The Durrell Conservation Award is awarded by the Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust to graduates of Durrell Conservation Academy. The focus of the Award is to support the individual, and to help him/her to become a more effective conservationist. Grants may be used to launch a new initiative, or to continue an existing project.
Grants in this category are awarded to individuals carrying out projects of significant conservation benefit to endangered species or habitats. Applications for captive or wild projects, field research, and public education and awareness are eligible.
Applications will be considered for the purchase of equipment (computers, software, fieldwork equipment etc.) and the successful applicant must demonstrate the importance of the equipment to the success of a particular conservation activity and how it will be used.
Applications will be considered for activities that enhance an individual’s personal development as a conservationist. Applications for training in specific skills, professional exchanges and attending conferences or meetings are eligible.
Applications should aim to meet the following criteria:
· Clear conservation benefits
· High likelihood of success
· Clear benefits for the applicant in terms of professional capacity building
· Support the mission of the Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust
The Conservation Project grant was awarded to Murlina Murray (DESMAN 2014), Conservation Programme Assistant at St. Lucia National Trust. The grant will fund a public awareness campaign for the endangered white-breasted thrasher in St. Lucia, which is a crucial key step towards protecting the remaining dry forest habitat for this species.
The Equipment grant was awarded to Anna Mae Sumaya (DESMAN 2011), Curator of the Philippine Eagle Foundation, Mindanao. The grant will fund the purchase of outdoor projection equipment which will enable Anna Mae and her team to greatly increase their education awareness and outreach programmes to communities within nesting site areas of the critically endangered Philippine Eagle. Their work not only highlights the status of this iconic species, but also promotes the wider value of ecosystem protection to local people.
The Capacity Building grant was awarded to Emily Stebbings (Mauritius Postgraduate Diploma 2015). The grant will enable Emily to attend a specialist training course in New Zealand on bird monitoring techniques, particularly data collection and analysis. Emily is especially keen to further build up her skillset with threatened birds, in addition to what she recently learned on the new Postgraduate Diploma course run in Mauritius.
Click here to see some more past recipients of the award.
Could you be next?
The Durrell Conservation Awards will be open for applications later in the year. If you would like us to contact you once applications are being received please register your interest on this link.
Download the guidelines here