African Wildlife Trust wins the ‘Environment Conservation Award’Jul 9, 2015
On the 25th of June 2015, African Wildlife Trust emerged as the gold winner of the ‘Environment Conservation Award’. Scooping a total of US$ 6,500 as prize money at the very first ‘Tourism for the Future Awards’ held in Arusha town, organized and hosted by Traveler’s Eye in partnership with the Ministry of Natural Resources and Tourism (MNRT). The Tourism for the Future Awards Africa 2015 is an annual event that aims to sensitize, showcase, enlighten and recognize sustainable tourism as key to sustainable development. The event aims to highlight the fact that sustainable tourism is tourism that conserves the environment, develops communities and enhances economic growth. This year’s event marked the launch of the very first pan-African sustainable tourism campaign dubbed ‘Uniting to Conserve Africa’s Legacy’ that focuses on bridging the gap between the growing tourism sector, natural resources management and community development.
The guest of honor was the Minister of Natural Resources and Tourism Honorable Lazaro Nyalandu. The event was graced by tour operators, tourism industry stakeholders and tour authorities across Africa and internationally. Other award categories included a) community; b) destiny stewardship; c) cultural and heritage preservation and d) people award.
African Wildlife Trust was founded by Mr. Pratik Patel, the birth of which was driven by Mr. Patel’s love for the African elephant and his strong desire to try to save them from illegal poachers and wildlife traffickers. Mr. Patel has been instrumental in the fight against elephant poaching and trafficking; working closely with the government of Tanzania through the Ministry of Natural Resources and Tourism to raise awareness, uncover and prosecute those involved in corrupt practises gaining from the trade or directly involved in trafficking and illegal poaching, from junior game scouts up to senior management. The mission of the African Wildlife Trust is to identify and address wildlife crime and land conservation issues in Africa.
The ‘Environment Conservation’ award category was sponsored by UNDP through a programme of support under the leadership of MNRT titled ‘Combating poaching and the illegal wildlife trade in Tanzania through an integrated approach’. The project aims to respond to the rapid rise in wildlife crime, including poaching and illegal trafficking wildlife products in Tanzania as well as to support the Ministry of Natural Resources and Tourism including key stakeholders to undertake immediate activities as part of implementation of the national strategy to combat poaching and wildlife trade.
UNDP is committed to support and work with the government of Tanzania to address issues on inclusive and sustainable growth, ensuring that these are mainstreamed into development dimensions in all sectors of the economy.