Marsh Award for International Wetland Conservation

This Award is run in association with the Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust and recognises a local citizen of a developing country whose non-UK conservation work has resulted in tremendous sustainable benefit for people and wildlife that rely on wetlands.

Nominations for the Award are put forward to the Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust and judged in partnership with the MCT.

See here for more information on how to nominate.


Dr Lew Young 2019

Dr Young was CEO of the East Asian-Australasian Flyway Partnership (EAAFP). He passed away in March 2019, and this Award was given posthumously in recognition of his commitment to wetland conservation around the globe throughout his career.

Lew was a passionate conservationist who has committed his whole career to the conservation of Asia’s wetlands and waterbirds. For nearly 20 year, he managed the Mai Po Nature Reserve in Hong Kong SAR, one of the best-known wetland reserves in the area. Here he instilled best practices for wetlands management and created education programmes for students and visitors. He also helped to establish the Wetland Link International-Asia, which facilitates cooperation between wetland conservation centres around the continent.

In 2008, Lew was appointed Senior Regional Advisor for Asia and Oceania for the Ramsar Secretariat, where he provided support for the effective implementation of the convention across 33 countries in Asia. During his time as CEO of EAAFP, he was instrumental in bringing forward the agenda on Southeast Asian migratory species, the Dalmatian Pelican and ‘Indo-Burma’ wetlands.

Dr Young was an influential conservationist and a beloved colleague of all who worked with him.