The Sir Peter Scott Award for Conservation Merit

This is the "senior" SSC award, dating back to 1984.

It is presented to individuals in recognition of significant and long term service to conservation through their work with the SSC or associated institutions. Accomplishments may involve one or more specific events, or they may reflect sustained activity over time. The recipient may be one or more individuals, an organisation, or an institution. Achievements are recognisable as particularly significant and noteworthy contributions to the conservation of wild fauna and flora, especially threatened species.

Award: a medal bearing the likeness of Sir Peter Scott, the first Chair of the SSC, and a certificate.

Recipients 2019

Dr Nicole Duplaix. In recognition of her more than half-century commitment to the SSC, most notably your leadership of the Otter Specialist Group over two separate time periods, and your constantly enthusiastic, positive and encouraging personality that has enabled to help countless conservationists worldwide.

Dr David Mallon. In recognition of the enormous contributions that you have made through the SSC to large mammal conservation in Asia and Africa over many years, dedicated co-chairing of the Antelope Specialist Group, active participation in the IUCN Red List Committee, facilitation of numerous conservation planning workshops in several languages, and the wit and enthusiasm that you bring to your work.

Frédéric Launay. In recognition of his wise leadership in the SSC for almost 30 years, chairing of the Reintroduction Specialist Group, active engagement on the SSC Steering Committee, and your work to help build the close relationship between SSC and Environment Agency Abu Dhabi and the Mohamed bin Zayed Species Conservation.

Randy Reeves. In recognition of his authoritative, professional and highly effective leadership of the Cetacean Specialist Group over many years, and your long-term participation in the Scientific Committee of the International Whaling Commission, earning the respect and admiration of all those with whom your work.

George Archibald. In recognition of his charismatic, generous, warm-hearted leadership of crane conservation worldwide, including co-founding of the International Crane Foundation and chairing of the Crane Specialist Group, as well as his unfailing commitment to empowering others, and give them the credit whenever possible.

Anslem Lawrence de Silva. In recognition of his unassuming commitment to reptile and amphibian research and conservation in Sri Lanka over many decades, advancing our understanding of these species, and your constant support to others, launching many young Sri Lankans in their careers in conservation and science.

Vololoniaina Jeannoda. In recognition of the pivotal role you have played as a botanist in Madagascar for many years, focusing on plant conservation, ecology, systematics, ethnobotany and community participation, especially on wild yams, mentoring of many students, and your effective leadership of the Madagascar Plants Specialist Group.

Recipients 2015

His Excellency Mohammed Al Bowardi. In recognition of his inspirational leadership of conservation in the United Arab Emirates over many years, including as Managing Director and board member of the Environment Agency Abu Dhabi, as and as Deputy Chairman of the Mohamed bin Zayed Species Conservation Fund and the International Fund for Houbara Conservation.

Dr Holly Dublin. In recognition of her untiring commitment to species conservation in general and to the SSC in particular for over 30 years, including as Chair of the SSC and of the SSC African Elephant Specialist Group.

Mr Tom Milliken. In recognition of his unrelenting work in TRAFFIC and SSC over three decades to understand and find solutions to the problems of illegal trade in ivory and rhino horn, including his exceptional leadership of the Elephant Trade Information Service.

Mr Widodo Ramono. In recognition of his lifetime’s work to save the Javan and Sumatran Rhinos from extinction, from his days in the field in Ujung Kulon National Park, to his exemplary commitment as a senior Indonesian government official, to his current leadership of the Indonesian Rhino Foundation.

Dr Mark Stanley Price. In recognition of his dedication to the SSC over four decades, including as the founder and first Chair of the Reintroduction Specialist Group, as the driving force for developing the 1995 and 2012 IUCN Reintroduction Guidelines, and his current leadership of the Species Conservation Planning Sub-Committee.

Dr Simon Stuart. In recognition of his extraordinary contributions to species conservation through decades of generous and unparalleled service to the IUCN Species Survival Commission. His vision, underpinned by his tremendous wealth of understanding of the complex issues facing the Commission and biodiversity, is realized and amplified by his tireless leadership, good humour and constructive support to all. Known, admired and respected around the world, Simon is a colossus in contemporary conservation.

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