COMMUNICATIONS NEWS: WWF-UK hands out prizes to recognise life-changing work

The environmental campaigning group WWF-UK staged one of the world's largest conservation awards last week.

The Whitley Awards, which were first staged in 1993, have grown in scale each year. They are an increasingly important annual event in helping to spread the organisation's message.

The awards offer grants that "reward individuals who are leading pragmatic and long-lasting projects that preserve natural biodiversity within a human context".

Besides helping WWF fulfil its mission of preventing the degradation of the planet's natural environment, the awards generate publicity for the WWF and provide a forum where people operating in the same sphere can network.

The 2002 awards recognised diverse projects in countries including Brazil, Cuba, Guatemala, Liberia and Mauritius.

To win, applicants need to convince judges that their projects provide real change in people's lives.

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