WWF Duke of Edinburgh Conservation Medal

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The Duke of Edinburgh Conservation Medal is awarded annually by WWF for outstanding service to the environment.
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The Duke of Edinburgh Conservation Medal

The WWF Duke of Edinburgh Conservation Medal is WWF’s premier award. The purpose of the medal is to recognize, once a year, highly meritorious contributions to the conservation of wildlife and natural resources.
At its inception in 1970 it was known as the WWF Gold Medal, but on Prince Philip’s retirement as WWF International President in 1996 it was renamed the Duke of Edinburgh Conservation Medal in tribute to the role he has played in the development of WWF as a global conservation organization and its many conservation achievments troughout the world.

Recipients of the award receive a gold medal in a sustainably-sourced rosewood box donated by the Chamber of Mines of South Africa, a Rolex watch, and a certificate signed by the Duke of Edinburgh and the Director General of WWF.

Recipients of the Duke of Edinburgh Conservation Medal

Paul Polman / ©: Studio Casagrande
2013 - Paul Polman (Netherlands)
2012 - Ofir Drori (Israel)
2011 - Dr Ashok Khosla OBA (India)
2010 - Anatoly Belov (Russia)
2009 - Chen Yiyu (China)
2008 - Marina Silva (Brazil)
2007 - Dr. Denzil Miller (South Africa)
2006 - Dr. James E Hansen (USA)
2005 - Dr. Tirtha Man Maskey (Nepal)
2004 - Prof. Brian Morton (UK)
2003 - Dr. Anton Rupert (South Africa)
2002 - Hemendra Singh Panwar (India)
2001 - Prof Qu Geping (China)
2000 - Aleksey Vladimirovich Yablokov (Russia)
1999 - Tengku Datuk Zainal Adlin (Malaysia)
1998 - Dr. Luc Hoffman (Switzerland)
1997 - Prof Paulo Nogueira Neto (Brazil)
1996 - Dr Ernst Von Weizsäcker (Germany)
1995 - ZA National Parks Board and
Richtersveld Natal Parks Board (ZA)
1994 - Shoaib Sultan Khan (Pakistan)
1993 - Dr. Ivan Voloscuk (Slovak Republic)
1992 - Dr. Marcio Ayres (Brazil)
1991 - Ms Mary Helena Allegretti (Brazil)
1990 - Dr. Edward O Wilson (USA)
1989 - Lester R Brown (USA)
1988 - Prof Vo Quy (Vietnam)
1987 - HRH Prince Bernhard of the NDL and
Prof Paul Ehrlich (USA)
1986 - Sir Peter Scott (UK)
1985 - Dr. George Archibald (Canada)
1984 - Dr. Richard Evans Schultes (USA)
1983 - Dr. Norman Myers (UK)
1982 - Max Nicholson (UK)
1981 - Prof Jean-Jacques Petter (France)
1980 - Dr George B Schaller (USA)
1979 - Dr Sydney Holt (USA)
1978 - Guy Mountfort (UK)
1977 - Prof Dr Rudolf Schenkel (Switzerland)
1976 - Arjan Singh (India)
1975 - Michel Anna (France)
1974 - Dr Anne LaBastille (USA)
1973 - Prof Archie Carr (USA), Dr José C M Carvalho (Brazil)
and Col Jack Vincent (South Africa)
1972 - Prof Andry G Bannikov (USSR), Major Ian R Grimwood (UK)
and Dr Roger Tory Peterson (USA)
1971 - Ms Phillys Barclay-Smith (UK), John S Owen (UK)
and Dr José A Valverde (Spain)
1970 - Prof. Bernhard Grzimek (Germany), Sir Julian Huxley (UK)
and Dr Jacques Verschuren (Belgium)


News & Stories

  • Our very own DoE award winner Ofir Drori was attacked by a crocodile a few weeks ago and survived to tell the tale… he was canoeing in Ethiopia when it happened, he wrestled the croc off his leg and then had to crawl for two days through the forest with a massive wound to reach help!! Read the amazing story here

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