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The Duke of Edinburgh Conservation Award is WWF’s premier award. The purpose of the award 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’s president in 1996 it was renamed the Duke of Edinburgh Conservation Medal as a tribute to him. Since 2014 it has been called the Duke of Edinburgh Conservation Award.
The WWF Selection Committee will assess the work of the candidates with the following factors in mind: contribution to conservation; scientific credentials; enhancement of WWF’s international image; the ability to influence further conservation achievements.
Recipients of the award receive a certificate signed by the Duke of Edinburgh and the Director General of WWF.
Recipients of the Duke of Edinburgh Conservation Award