Marsh Award for Terrestrial Conservation Leadership

This Award, run in partnership with Fauna and Flora International FFI, recognises and rewards an individual or organisation that is making a significant contribution to sustainable biodiversity at a local level.

Pictured: An Indonesian elephant that was in captivity, but thanks to a local group of communtity rangers, working with FFI, the elephant is now part of the ranger team, who dissuade wild elephants from coming into community areas to destroy crops - helping conservation and livelihoods simultaneously.

The 2014 winner is Julie Hanta Razafimanahaka

Julie, pictured right, is a remarkable individual who works tirelessly to support conservation in her homeland of Madagascar. In a short period of time she rose from volunteer researcher and student to Director of ‘Madagasikara Voakajy’, FFI’s Malagasy conservation partner. She is responsible for the organisation’s fundraising, financial management, science, community engagement and operations and has helped it to develop from strength to strength under her leadership.

Julie first fell in love with Madagascar’s nature during a camping trip as a 13 year old girl when she caught her first glimpse of a lemur. Upon leaving school, this inspired her to often return to the classroom to teach children about the importance of conserving nature. Today, she remains an outstanding communicator and liaises with key senior stakeholders including community leaders, government officials, scientists and donors.

In 2007, Julie was recognised by the UK Government’s Department for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs as one of Madagascar’s most promising conservation scientists and she received funding to study an MSc in Applied Ecology and Conservation at the University of East Anglia. Upon returning to Madagascar, she mentored others in skills she developed during her MSc.

In 2011, Julie was offered a place on the prestigious Kinship Conservation Fellows programme where she worked further on the theme of Sustainable Trade of Game Species in Western Madagascar. She has been invited to speak at a number of important events including the Bat Summit in Kenya, organised by Bat Conservation International.

Julie is an exceptional conservationist, whose positive attitude and tireless enthusiasm have been recognized widely amongst the conservation community.


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