Future for Nature Awards 2024 for talented and ambitious nature conservationists aged up to 35 across the world, is now open to nominations (nomination deadline: 23rd August 2024)

The Future for Nature Foundation (FFN), based in Arnhem, The Netherlands, supports talented and ambitious nature conservationists aged 35 and under across the world who are committed to protecting species of wild animals and plants.

The Foundation believes in the power of the individual. Its Future for Nature Award is an annual award programme that seeks to identify a new generation of nature conservationists who have the potential to make the difference for the future of nature. These are ‘natural leaders’ who inspire and with their drive and determination achieve impressive results. Annually, the Future for Nature Awards put 3 of these promising young people in the spotlight.

Nature conservations from all over the world who are aged up to 35 years old can apply for the award. The winners each receive 50,000 Euros (£42,304) and the prestigious Future for Nature Award. The winners may spend the money at their own discretion in the service of nature conservation. 

The deadline for entries is Friday 23rd August 2024.

The National Selection Committee, consisting of experienced nature conservationists from the Netherlands, chooses six to ten nominees from all the applicants. Subsequently, an International Selection Committee of renowned nature conservationists selects the three winners.

Winners will have the opportunity to their work at the Future For Nature Award event at Royal Burgers’ Zoo in Arnhem, the Netherlands. The event will take place in May 2025. Travel and accommodation expenses will be covered by the Future For Nature Foundation.

The Future For Nature Award is a prestigious international award that celebrates tangible achievements in protecting wild species. The Award aims to:

o Reward and fund individuals for their outstanding efforts in the protection of species of wild species.
o Stimulate Award winners to sustain their dedicated work, and
o Help winners to raise their profile, extend their professional network and strengthen their funding basis.

Winning the FFN Award gives the winners international recognition for their work and opens doors that were previously closed.

FFN offers the winners a platform and brings their stories to the attention of conservationists, financiers and a wide audience, allowing them to increase their impact and gain more access to funds.

The Foundation also give the past and present award winners an extra stage via the Future For Nature Academy. This is an independently functioning committee, which is active in several Dutch cities for and by students with the aim of inspiring students to become active in nature conservation and to offer them resources such as lectures, networking and workshops.

FFN is building a growing Family of (previous) winners, dedicated people who form a community of like-minded people. FFN offers them the opportunity to meet each other and continue to learn with each other in order to continue their fight for nature as efficiently and effectively as possible

To be eligible, candidates:

o Must be an individual, not an organisation, programme, or group of individuals.
o Must be born on or after the 31st May 1989 (Maximum age of  35 years old at the FFN Award event) and before the 28th of August 2006 (minimum age of 18 years old at the time of submitting your application).
o Have achieved substantial and long-term benefits to the conservation status of one or more species.
o Have demonstrated commitment, determination, and passion for conservation work.
o Have demonstrated leadership, entrepreneurship, and a clear view of conservation work.
o Has been creative and innovative in their work.
o Has demonstrated to be honourable in the conservation work performed.
o Must be determined to continue their conservation work, as the Award aims to stimulate the winner’s future work. It is not an “end of career” prize.
o Are able to explain their 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 them.

The award should be used for the conservation of 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.

For more information, please visit the Future for Nature Foundation website.