Carrying with it a prize of €10 000 for the chosen project and €1 000 for the winning individual, this award recompenses the person who best demonstrates how their work for the reduction of poverty improves the situation for biodiversity and endangered species. Applicants are judged on the originality and impact of their work, as well as on the potential for their project to be reproduced in other regions of the world.
Our winner - Constantino Aucca Chutas
Constantino founded Ecoan (Association of Andean Ecosystems), in Peru in 2001, with the help of friends. The organisation’s work centres on the preservation of the last remaining Polylepis forests in the country. These forests, which have been heavily destroyed by human activities for centuries, are the highest altitude forests in the world. Reforestation programmes are also underway. Today, Ecoan employs 25 people and works alongside some twenty Quechua communities in the Vilcanota mountains. Their range of actions enables villagers to improve their living conditions and protect the Polylepis ecosystem which is home to endangered species of animal including numerous birds. Ecoan also installs solar panels and energy-efficient stoves, reducing use of wood, which is so rare in the mountains
Our winner - Tito Indrawan
In March 2013 the Jean-Marc Vichard Award was presented to Tito Indrawan. Tito, who has been programme director of the Gunung Palung Orangutan Conservation Program since 2012, has been interested in nature from a very young age, and has been working with this organisation since 2002.
Tito works alongside local authorities to strengthen the application of laws against illegal trading in orangutans. In parallel with the research they carry out in the forest and the organisation’s wide-reaching educational initiatives, his organisation’s main focus is on running microprojects for economic development for villagers whose livelihoods are otherwise entirely dependant on forest resources. In this region which is hard hit by palm oil plantations, handicrafts microprojects and initiatives based on producing sugar from durian fruit achieve very good results both for villagers and for wildlife and their habitat.