Award for Víctor Zambrano
19 June 2016
It was good to see the work of Víctor Zambrano from the Madre de Dios region given international recognition last week by his winning the National Geographic Award for Leadership in Conservation. The prize is awarded each year to two people, one from Africa and one from Latin America.
Not only has Zambrano, an outstanding conservationist, led the way in reforestation efforts following the devastation caused by unregulated mining, but he has also been a mover and shaker in developing local organisations both to defend the rainforest and to create sustainable agroforestry initiatives in the region.
Zambrano also works with the children of illegal miners to raise awareness of the issues involved in unregulated mining. This external recognition comes in addition to his previous receipt of Peru’s 'Carlos Ponce' Conservation Award.