31 december 2008


Future for Nature Award

I am happy to tell you all that i have been nominated for the Future for Nature award. This award is handed out to people that have achieved specific goals in species conservation and aims to stimulate these individuals to continue their work for the future. I am honoured that I am amongst the last 12 candidates, of which 3 will be awarded, out of 148 people around the world of 56 countries.
Obviously I am not expecting to win this award as I have many many colleagues around the world who deserve this at least as much as i do, but already the acknowledgement for being amongst the last 12 candidates for me is an honour. And i want to thank all the involved people of mainly AAP, Sanctuary for exotic animals and IUCN The Netherlands (and individually David van Gennep, Rikkert Reijnen, Willem ferwerda, Carl Konigel and last but not least Mohamed Mouna) for their support in the past and for making it possible that i achieved what i did until now. Without their financial, professional and individual support, i would not have been able to reach this point.
Thank you! I hope we can continue our important work together, with or without this award!

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