The Marjan-Marsh Award
The Marjan-Marsh Award is run in partnership with the Marsh Christian Trust. This award is given annually to someone who has made an invaluable contribution to an area where conflict and conservation overlap.
The Marsh Christian Trust was started in 1981 by businessman Brian Marsh to honour ‘unsung heroes’; since then the portfolio of awards has grown to over 70 across a wide spectrum that includes conservation, arts, heritage and social welfare.
The Marjan-Marsh Award has been given to the following:
(2015): Julia Gorricho from Colombia. Julia’s extensive first-hand knowledge of biodiversity conservation affected by violent conflict and transnational drug-trafficking in Colombia has led her to initiate a number of important initiatives.
(2014): Julian Rademeyer from South Africa. An award-winning investigative journalist focused on wildlife crime and poaching, especially through his acclaimed book, ‘Killing for Profit: Exposing the Illegal Rhino Horn Trade.’
(2013): Dr Sonali Ghosh from India. Awarded for her work on the Manas Project which works to protect the biodiversity in the much contested Manas eco-region in the Himalayas, focusing on the conservation of the Bengal tiger.
(2012): John Kahekwa from the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). Founder of the Pole Pole Foundation (POPOF) in Bukavu, in eastern DRC, the foundation works in the Kahusi-BiegaNational Park, home of the Graurer’s or Eastern Lowland gorilla, by providing sustainable development in an area that has known terrible bloodshed.