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UK Blue Turtle Award Nominations

Wednesday, September 15– Government is encouraging nominations for the United Kingdom’s Joint Nature Conservation Committee’s (JNCC) Blue Turtle Award.

The United Kingdom’s JNCC Blue Turtle Award recognises the invaluable work conservationists do to conserve biodiversity in overseas territories and crown dependencies by the local population.

The work or project should have been established for over one year, demonstrates innovation and makes a real difference to the Territory. The prize of £500 equivalent to US$771 will be awarded to the winning individual or group and an additional £1000 or US$1,542 will be contributed to a conservation project in the Territory.

Chief Conservation and Fisheries Officer Mr. Bertrand Lettsome is encouraging nominations for this award. “This will present the opportunity to highlight the exemplary work done by enthusiastic persons towards biodiversity. It will also draw attention to their commitment and dedication which often goes without much fanfare.”

JNCC’s Overseas Territories Senior Adviser Tara Pelembe said, “We hope the award will celebrate the great work that is happening and act as a catalyst to stimulate new nature conservation initiatives.”

Nominations are invited from governments, non-governmental organisations, the voluntary sector, the private sector and individuals. Nomination forms can be downloaded from the JNCC’s website at www.jncc.gov.uk while completed forms should be emailed to [email protected] by 25 October, 2010.

As stated on the organisation’s website, the JNCC is the statutory adviser to the United Kingdom Government on international nature conservation, on behalf of the Council for Nature Conservation and the Countryside, the Countryside Council for Wales, Natural England and Scottish Natural Heritage. Its work contributes to maintaining and enriching biological diversity, conserving geological features and sustaining natural systems.

Government envisions a well-managed, preserved and protected environment which supports the Territory’s unique biodiversity with care from active, committed individuals.


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