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International Young Conservationist Award

The International Young Conservationist Award recognises outstanding contributions made by young people, under the age of 35, to the conservation of protected areas and provides recipients with opportunities to promote their work and to develop networks to support their efforts.

To be considered for this Award, young professionals, including rangers, interpreters, people working with local communities, and scientists, must have made an outstanding contribution to the management of protected areas through a sustained ongoing commitment or a single event.

They can be working at the local, national, or international level, and can come from government agencies, the private sector or non-government organisations.

Applicants must show:
1. Extraordinary dedication to protected areas, and/or
2. Passion and commitment, and/or
3. An innovative approach to protected area management, and/or
4. Self-sacrifice (time, costs, bravery.)

2012 Award Recipient – Elisangela Sales Dos Santos

The Award is a joint initiative of the International Ranger Federation and the International Union for the Conservation of Nature World Commission on Protected Areas (IUCN/WCPA).

IRF gratefully acknowledges the generous support of the George Wright Society and Parks Victoria.

International Young Conservationist Award