Future for Nature Awards 2021 now accepting nominations from individuals from any country (nomination deadline 15 September 2020)

Nominations are now open to the Future for Nature (FFN) 2021 Awards from individuals aged 35 or younger in any country across the world. The deadline for nominations is Tuesday 15 September 2020. The FFN media release reads:

“Are you a young (35 years or younger), talented, and energetic nature conservationist committed to protecting species of wild animals and plants? Do you combine passion with action to create concrete results in nature conservation? If yes, then don’t hesitate to apply for the 2021 Future For Nature Award (FFN) Awards!

Prize Information

The winners each receive 50,000 EURO (£45,225) and the prestigious FFN Awards.

Eligibility Criteria

The following criteria must be met to be eligible to apply and will be used in the selection procedure for the Future For Nature Award winners.

The candidate:

    • Must be born on or after the 31st May 1985 and before the 31st of May 2002.
    • Has achieved substantial and long-term benefit to the conservation status of one or more animal or plant species.
    • Has demonstrated commitment, determination and passion for conservation work.
    • Has demonstrated leadership, entrepreneurship and a clear view on conservation work.
    • Has been creative and innovative in his/her work.
    • Has demonstrated to be honourable in the conservation work performed.
    • Must be determined to continue his/her conservation work, as the Award aims to stimulate the winner’s future work. It is not an “end of career” prize.
    • Is able to explain his/her conservation work in proficient English (written and spoken).
    • The award should be used for a conservation initiative of the winner’s own choice and implemented by him/her.
    • The award should be used for the conservation of animal or plant species. The conservation initiative can involve a component of (fundamental) research, but this should not be the main focus. The relevance of the proposed activities to species conservation and the practical impact should be made clear.

Additional Remarks

  • Winners will present their work at the Future For Nature Award event at Royal Burgers’ Zoo in Arnhem, the Netherlands. The event will take place in May 2021. Travel and accommodation expenses will be covered by the Future For Nature Foundation.
  • Future For Nature will not allow administrative deductions to be made or claimed by mother organisations.
  • From all applications 6 to 10 nominees will be selected. These applicants will be asked to provide additional information (written info, photos, video), which will be used to select the final three Award.

Selection Criteria

  • Step 1: A call for candidates is published on the Future For Nature (FFN) website and Facebook page (June/July)
  • Step 2: After the deadline of submission (15th September 2020), the FFN Office sends all eligible applications to the National Selection Committee (NSC).
  • Step 3: The members of the NSC assess the applications of which 6 to 10 candidate nominees are selected.
  • Step 4: After approval by the Board the nominees are requested to provide further information (written information, photos, video, extended reference statements).
  • Step 5: The information received from the nominees is sent to the International Selection Committee (ISC). Each ISC member scores the candidates and gives a qualitative evaluation. ISC members are also entitled to oppose the nomination of a specific candidate.
  • Step 6: Based on averaging the results of the ISC members the FFN Office ranks the candidates.
  • Step 7: The Board decides on the top three candidates being eligible as a winner of the Future For Nature Award. Subsequently, the Future For Nature Office will communicate to the Selection Committees and to all others concerned about the winners.

Note: In case a member of one the Selection Committees faces a conflict of interest regarding a nominee, he/she is omitted from evaluating this candidate.

For more information, visit Future For Nature Foundation.”