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Mediterranean-Monk-Seal at Gokova-Bay taken by Zafer-Kizilkaya

Zafer Kizilkaya wins his second Whitley Award

19 July, 2017

We want to say a massive congratulations to Zafer Kizilkaya for winning his second Whitley Award.

We came into contact with Zafer’s work back in 2012 when he won the Marsh Award for Marine Conservation Leadership for his leading work in establishing sustainable marine conservation along the Turkish Coast.

Since then Zafer’s developing work has been more widely recognised and he won two Whitley Awards for Conservation in 2013 and 2017 for his ongoing work in this area. The Whitley Awards are run by the Whitley Fund for Nature and concentrate solely on awarding grassroots conservation leaders in developing countries, Awards are given in the sum of £35,000 and £50,000, aiming to enable winners to advance their work.

It is encouraging to know that the Marsh Award winners are continuing to be recognised and awarded for their work.

Other Marsh Award winners who have gone on to win Whitley Awards are:

John Kahekwa , 2012 Marsh Marjan Award winner, won the 2013 Whitley Award

Lisel Alamilla, 2010 Marsh Award for Terrestrial Conservation Leadership winner, won the 2012 Whitley Award

Elena Bykova, 2009 Marsh Award for Terrestrial Conservation Leadership winner, won the 2011 Whitley Award

Last month the Marsh Awards for Conservation Leadership were presented again, highlighting the work of more incredible people protecting the biodiversity of the planet. You can read more about their achievements here.