Since 2002, the award has honored the unsung heroes of conservation, celebrating the recipient’s achievements and supporting ongoing work in conserving nature or culture in Africa. The award includes a $25,000 grant.
Past recipients of the National Geographic Society/Buffett Award have conducted
- conservation research on elephants and the bush-meat trade in Tanzania,
- worked to ensure that local communities in Uganda benefit from conservation initiatives,
- developed sustainable agricultural practices for small farmers in Cameroon, and more.
- (You can learn much more about past awardees and their work here.)
- Award recipients are chosen from nominations submitted to National Geographic.
- After nominations are screened by advisors and other conservation experts, a selection of names is forwarded to the Howard G. Buffett Foundation for review.
- Final selection is made by the National Geographic Society.
The award was established through a generous gift from the Howard G. Buffett Foundation. Mr. Buffett is a farmer, businessman, conservationist, and photographer. He serves on the NGS Council of Advisors and in 2007 was named Ambassador Against Hunger by the UN World Food Program.
How to Submit Nominations
- To submit a nomination, please complete the online nomination form below, including a description of achievements that merit the award.
- Be sure to include details about the nominee’s major conservation successes in the face of unique challenges. Nominations must be received no later than January 22, 2016.
- You can also download a nomination form and email it to Dr. Catherine Workman at [email protected].
- The award will be presented at National Geographic Society headquarters in Washington, D.C., in the summer of 2016.
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