A Royal Inauguration
Candlestar has been working with Investec and the Tusk Trust to help shape the Tusk Conservation Awards for wildlife conservation in Africa.
At a gala dinner and award ceremony at the Royal Society on 12 September, Prince William presented the first Awards to three inspirational individuals. Clive Stockil received the Prince Andrew Award for Conservation in Africa. Stockil is one of Africa’s great conservation pioneers, who long before many others, recognised how critical it is to engage local communities in the conservation of their natural heritage. Tom Lalampaa received the Tusk Conservation Award for the hugely impressive and dangerous work he does in helping stop poaching and brokering peaceful co-existence between previously warring tribes in Kenya’s Northern Rangelands. Marine biologist Alasdair Harris received a special commendation in recognition for the work that he and his Blue Ventures organisation are doing to protect, conserve and manage Madagascar’s extraordinary marine biodiversity. As well as the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge guests at the Awards Ceremony included Rolling Stone, Ronnie Wood, Environment Secretary Owen Paterson and Ali Bongo, President of Gabon.