15 Apr 2015

Conservation Leadership Programme awards 2015

One of this year's funded projects ocuses on promoting the coexistence of people and the Endangered Greater Adjutant stork in India (Rathin Barman)
By Martin Fowlie

In this, its 30th anniversary year, the Conservation Leadership Programme (CLP) has announced the winners of the 2015 team Conservation Awards.  It is granting 22 awards this year worth a total of $300,480 including 19 Future Conservationist Awards, 2 Conservation Follow-Up Awards and 1 Conservation Leadership Award.

Upon hearing the news of the award, new grantee Purnima Devi Barman from India wrote, “I think no news than this can be better in my life. Thanks a lot to you and entire CLP team for supporting our future works through this leadership project.”

Purnima’s project focuses on promoting the coexistence of people and the Endangered Greater Adjutant stork in India. It is the third grant for the project with it now being granted a Conservation Leadership award.

“This is an incredible CLP project that has broken through complicated societal barriers using the language of conservation. The respect now bestowed to these quirky birds is testament to how effectively the team promoted within all parts of the community”, said Kiragu Mwangi, Conservation Leadership Programme Manager.

Many congratulations to all of the awarded teams. One member from each team will be invited to attend the CLP International Training Course in Canada later this year. This two week course is a fantastic opportunity for conservationists from around the world to receive training in high priority topics and create a peer to peer network. Winning a CLP award also gives a team access to the CLP alumni network which offers more opportunities for funding, training and learning exchanges.
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The awarded projects are as follows:

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Future Conservationist Awards

  • Ecological and conservation assessment of Rosa arabica in St Katherine, Egypt
  • Population viability of northern muriqui at Caparaó National Park, Brazil
  • Promoting conservation of amphibians at El Pedregal in Mexico City
  • Connectivity of whale sharks between Mexico and Colombia
  • Where are the manta rays in Bahia De Banderas, Mexico?
  • Conserving Ophiocordyceps sinensis in the Nanda Devi Biosphere Reserve, India
  • Conservation of otters through community participation in River Moyar, Tamilnadu
  • Conservation of cetacean in Kien Giang Biosphere Reserve, Vietnam
  • Conservation of the Critically Endangered toad skinned frog in India
  • Hard corals mapping for Semporna, Malaysia.
  • Stopover ecology of spoon-billed sandpipers and Nordmann’s greenshanks, China
  • Mitigation of forest fragmentation in Aghanashini LTM Conservation Reserve, India
  • Whale shark project, Indonesia
  • The role of Tibetan sacred sites in snow leopard conservation
  • Impacts, alternative solutions and awareness of Mobula fisheries in Indonesia
  • Conserving the Chinese pangolin in India's Kaziranga-Karbi Anglong Landscape
  • Conservation actions for the imperial eagle in Kakheti Region, Georgia
  • Initiating a by-catch monitoring program for seabirds in Turkey
  • Conservation of sandbar shark breeding habitat in Boncuk Cove, Turkey

Conservation Follow-Up Awards

  • Conserving Angolan scarp forests: a holistic approach for Kumbira Forest
  • Reducing human-snow leopard conflict in Upper Spiti Valley, India.

Conservation Leadership Award

  • Enabling the coexistence of people and greater adjutant in India


The CLP is a unique partnership between BirdLife International, Fauna & Flora International and Wildlife Conservation Society. The mission of the CLP is to advance biodiversity conservation globally by building the leadership capabilities of early-career conservation professionals working in places with limited capacity to address high-priority conservation issues.