Are you a young (between 18 to 35 years old) and dedicated nature conservationist committed to protecting wild species? Do you combine passion with action to create concrete results in nature conservation? Are you the future for nature? If yes, then apply now for the Future for Nature Award.
The Future For Nature Award is a prestigious international award that celebrates tangible achievements in protecting wild animal and plant species.
- The Future For Nature aims to:
- The winners each receive 50,000 euro and the prestigious FFN Award. The winners may spend the money at their own discretion in the service of nature conservation; after all, they know better than anyone where the money is most needed. Additionally, Future For Nature offers much more than one-off financial support.
- 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.
- They also give the (former) 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.
- Any individual can apply, regardless of their formal position or affiliation to an organisation. However, the Award is issued only on the basis of the achievements of the individual candidates, not on the basis of the achievements of the organisation they work for. They do acknowledge that the success of a team or an organisation can be attributed to the achievement of a candidate.
- The following criteria must be met to be eligible to apply for the Future For Nature Awards 2024 and will be used in the selection procedure for the Award winners.
- The candidate:
- Must be an individual, not an organisation, programme, or group of individuals.
- Must be born on or after the 31st May 1988 (Maximum age of 35 years old at the FFN Award event) and before the 28th of August 2005 (minimum age of 18 years old at the time of submitting your application).
- Has achieved substantial and long-term benefits to the conservation status of one or more species.
- Has demonstrated commitment, determination, and passion for conservation work.
- Has demonstrated leadership, entrepreneurship, and a clear view of conservation work.
- Has been creative and innovative in their work.
- Has demonstrated to be honourable in the conservation work performed.
- 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.
- Is 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.
- 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 April or May 2024. 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 Awardees.
For more information, visit FFN Award.