Following Agnes Tjirare’s (Wilderness Safaris Namibia’s CITW, Culture and Stakeholder Officer) recent listing among the Top 100 Young African Conservation Leaders in March, on Friday 21 May our colleague was awarded the 2021 Women and Environment accolade in Namibia’s Sustainable Development Awards.
The Environmental Investment Fund of Namibia awards recognise the importance of integrating sustainability into the core of business and industry, as well as the daily lives of all Namibians. The Awards further recognise and reward the contributions of outstanding individuals and institutions in the field of sustainable development – and this year targeted the private sector and SMEs, community-level natural resource management and utilisation initiatives, research and development, youth action for sustainable development, pioneering journalism in the field of sustainable development, green banks, schools in action for sustainable development, women in action for sustainable development, thought leadership and a ministerial award.
Agnes’s win in the Women and Environment category is in recognition of individual women, and women’s groups, who have shown leadership in community mobilisation, advocacy and other initiatives to empower women for sustainable development.
At the same awards, Wilderness Safaris Hoanib Skeleton Coast Camp won the Private Sector Champions for Sustainable Development category, which recognises environmentally friendly approaches to management, and the use of energy, water and waste, and eco-certification schemes.
Read more about our exceptional colleague, and her life-changing work as a community and conservation hero here.