The National Geographic Society (NGS) is currently soliciting nominations for the 2017 Buffett Award for Leadership in Latin American Conservation.
Since 2002, the award has honored the unsung heroes of conservation, celebrating the recipient’s achievements and supporting ongoing work in conserving nature or culture in Latin America. The award includes a $25,000 grant.
Past recipients of the National Geographic Society/Buffett Award have transformed Mexico’s Isla Rasa into an international example of conservation and orderly tourism, worked to safeguard habitats and species in Paraguay by designating lands for perpetual sustainable use, established a new paradigm in natural protected area management with widespread local community participation in Mexico, and more.
Award recipients are chosen from nominations submitted to the National Geographic Society. After nominations are screened by advisors and other conservation experts, a selection of names is forwarded to the Howard G. Buffett Foundation for review. Final selection is made by the National Geographic Society.
The award was established through a generous gift from the Howard G. Buffett Foundation. Mr. Buffett is a farmer, businessman, conservationist, and photographer. He serves on the NGS Council of Advisors and in 2007 was named Ambassador Against Hunger by the UN World Food Program.
To submit a nomination, please complete the online nomination form below, including a description of achievements that merit the award. Be sure to include details about the nominee’s major conservation successes in the face of unique challenges.
If you have any questions, please contact Dr. Luisa Arnedo at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The award will be presented at National Geographic Society headquarters in Washington, D.C., in the summer of 2017.