Princess Anne rewards Hon. Lisel Alamilla for Work at Ya’axché Print E-mail
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Thursday, 10 May 2012 00:00

Minister Alamilla received awardOn Wednesday, May 9, Her Royal Highness,  Princess Anne, presented a Whitley Award for inspirational conservation leadership to Belize’s recently appointed Minister of Forestry, Fisheries and Sustainable Development, Hon. Lisel Alamilla,  for her work to protect the Mayan Golden Landscape as Executive Director of the Ya’axché Conservation Trust.

Alamilla received the award during a ceremony at the Royal Geographical Society in London, hosted by Whitley Fund for Nature (WFN).  Whitley Fund for Nature is a UK-based charity, which organises the international awards scheme. Alamilla’s Whitley Award comprises a project grant of £30,000 which was donated by the William Brake Charitable Trust.  She also received an engraved trophy and membership in the influential network of past Whitley Award winners.

The honour recognises the Minister’s work to unite and equip the people who live in the Maya Golden Landscape to match development pressures, including population growth, agricultural change and increased demand for natural resources, with protection for the area’s world-class scenery, wildlife and traditions. While congratulating Minister Alamilla on her success, David Wallis, Acting Director of Whitley Fund for Nature, said, "The aim of the Whitley Awards is to identify and support conservationists from around the world who are inspiring real and positive change for people and wildlife and the habitats they share.  In this case, the judges were impressed to hear how the people in this beautiful part of Belize are being helped to voice effectively how much they value its biodiversity and how much they want a sustainable future for it and themselves.” 

In addition, Her Royal Highness presented sevenother conservationists with £30,000 Whitley Awards for leadership, bringing the night’s grants total to £240,000.