Nizar Hani awarded with the Kenton R. Miller Award

At an online ceremony hosted by the International Union for the Conservation for Nature (IUCN) and World Commission on Protected Areas (WCPA) on 26 August 2020, the Kenton R. Miller Award for Innovation in National Parks and Protected Area Sustainability was presented to Nizar Youssef Hani of the Shouf Biosphere Reserve in Lebanon – one of MAVA’s long lasting partners in the region – and to Pedro Estêvão Muagura of the Gorongosa National Park in Mozambique.

The award celebrates individuals who are taking bold steps in ensuring the long-term sustainability of these vital protected sites, by developing and applying innovative policies, scientific knowledge, technologies, field practices, or governance models.

© Nizar Hani ACS Lebanon

Nizar (Youssef Hani)’s efforts at transforming the Shouf Biosphere Reserve (which covers 550 km², over 5% of Lebanon) into a globally significant model for integrated ecological, social and economic development have brought him to the forefront of conservation in the Middle East and North Africa. Nizar could develop this work as part of MAVA’s supported Mediterranean Mosaics project that focused on ecosystem restoration and landscape resilience to climate change. Under Nizar’s guidance, and building on the work recognised by this Kenton Miller award, Al-Shouf Cedar Society and Nizar play a key role in the ongoing MAVA action plan on cultural landscapes. The Shouf Biosphere Reserve leads the way as one of the four pilot sites of this action plan.

To discover more about Nizar and his work, click here.

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