South African wins world’s most venerated conservation award, the Green Oscar

Veteran broadcaster and naturalist, Sir David Attenborough, has narrated a documentary on the work of Dr Ian Little of the Endangered Wildlife Trust.

Little, a senior manager of the habitats programme at the Endangered Wildlife Trust (EWT), has been doing work to secure a legally protected grassland habitat corridor across the Drakensburg escarpment to conserve strategic water sources and grassland wildlife.

From 169 applicants across the globe, Little was one of six selected for The Whitley Fund for Nature.

Little explains that the awards are for mid-career conservationists around the world so that they may kick-start the second phase of their careers.

Conservation is the central part of survival for the people.

Dr Ian Little, Senior manager of the habitats programme at the EWT

We as humans, especially those living in urban areas, really underestimate how important the conservation of natural resources is for our core survival.

Dr Ian Little, Senior manager of the habitats programme at the EWT

Little says the award is an absolute honour and acknowledges a great deal of work is done in the area.

He realises the need for future work towards critically threatened species in the grasslands and provision of freshwater for the people of South Africa.

Little receives £35‚000 in project funding and links to an invaluable network of donors and influential supporters in the United Kingdom.

Listen to the interview here:

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