Leaders for a Living
WWF Leaders for a Living Planet Award
The award is symbolic. It enables WWF to congratulate individuals and their achievements, together with the government, company, community or organization they represent, and to encourage further such action.
The Leaders for a Living Planet award is represented by a certificate signed by the President or Director General of WWF International, or senior WWF officer if appropriate, and is presented by a senior WWF official at a public event to profile the achievement. The purpose of the event is to thank people making such important commitments. Such events are important opportunities for showing the larger conservation picture, for inspiring others and recognizing the many stakeholders and donors who play key roles in making such actions happen, of strengthening relationships with partners to build a team approach to conservation, and for mobilising powerful new conservation commitments.
Over 100 such awards have been made since 2000, recognizing a wide variety of initiatives. These range from local actions to protect wildlife to the leadership of government ministers and the wives of heads of state to achieve specific conservation goals such as sustainable fisheries and new protected areas. Recent high level recipients include Kofi Annan, the former UN Secretary-General, the Minister of Fisheries of Norway the Vice-Premier of China and the Ministers of Water Affairs of France, Togo and Benin.
The actions of the people recognized as Leaders for a Living Planet are inspiring examples of environmental leadership and demonstrate personal responsibility to protect the environment. These actions represent an important contribution to the achievement of WWF’s global conservation priority goals. When added together, multiplied and magnified, these actions make a major contribution to secure the status of our living world ─ for current and future generations.
A representative sample of High level Recipients of WWF's LLP Award
2011 - Mr Oliver Dulic (Serbia)
2011 - Mr Sandar Fazecas (Hungary)
2011 - Mr Bozo Biskupic (Croatia)
2011 - Mr Nikolaus Berlakovich (Austria)
2011 - Mr Adelino Queta (Guinea Bissau)
2010 - Dr Patricia Gandini (Argentina)
2010 - Mr Hang Seng (China)
2009 - Mr Rupert Howes (Global)
2009 - Ms Helga Pedersen (Norway)
2008 - H.E. Kofi Annan (Global)
2006 - Mr Wang Min (China)
2005 - Mdm Viviane Wade (Senegal)
2005 - Dr VAsily Alekseev (Russia)
2005 - Mr Hun Sen (Cambodia)
2005 - Mr Leoncio Alvarez Jefe (Peru)
2005 - Mr Alexey Lebed (Russia)
2004 - Mr Valli Moosa (South Africa)
2004 - Mr Rodin Rajaonahsoa (Magadascar)
2003 - Mr Zhu Muju Vice (China)
2003 - Hon David Kemp (Australia)
2002 - Mr John Kachamila (Mozambique)
2002 - Mr Aires Baptista Ali (Mozambique)
Nine organizations in Nepal honored with WWF Leaders for a Living Planet Award
The award was jointly presented by the president of WWF International Yolanda Kakabadse and the Director General of WWF International Jim Leape amidst a ceremony organized in Chitwan on 5th March 2014.
The organizations who have been honored were Chitwan National Park, Bardia National Park, Nandabox Battalion, Ranadal Company and Narsinghadal Battalion of Nepal Army, Central Investigation Bureau of Nepal Police, Buffer zone management committees of Chitwan National Park and Bardia National Park, and the National Trust for Nature Conservation.
WWF’s greatest strength is its people who together strive for a living planet to achieve conservation success and sustainable development. “Leaders for a Living Planet” award highlights these champions for the environment, recognizes their contribution, while profiling conservation success and, above all, showing what can be achieved and inspiring others to take up the challenge to secure a living planet.