The annual National Geographic Society/Buffett Awards for Leadership in Conservation were established by the Society and The Howard G. Buffett Foundation to recognize and celebrate unsung heroes working in the field. Two awards are presented each year: one for achievement in Africa (established in 2002) and the other for achievement in Latin America (established in 2005).
Recipients of these awards have demonstrated outstanding leadership in managing and protecting the natural resources in their regions and countries. In addition, they are each inspirational conservation advocates who serve as role models and mentors.
Award recipients are chosen from nominations submitted to National Geographic Society through a rigorous peer-review process.
- The awardees chosen each year are honored at a ceremony in Washington, D.C., and receive a one-time award of $25,000 to support their ongoing work.
Before submitting your nomination, please be sure your candidate meets the following criteria:
- Nominee must be citizen from the country where he/she develops the conservation work
- Nominee must be an accomplished individual that has created positive change in his/her community through conservation
- Buffett Awards are NOT lifetime achievement awards, nor are they early career awards. Thus nominees must be at the peak of their careers as conservation leaders
- Buffett Awards are NOT conservation grants. If you are interested in applying to a grant from National Geographic, please visit https://www.nationalgeographic.org/grants
- Preference will be given to nominees who have not received multiple conservation awards
- Preference will be given to nominees with species-focused conservation efforts
- Individuals nominating themselves will not be considered
Application Deadline: November 30th 2018
Visit the Official Webpage of the 2019 National Geographic Society/Buffett Awards for Leadership in Conservation