The Nature Conservancy pays tribute to James Mworia, Group Chief Executive Officer, and Managing Director of Centum Investments, commending his exceptional dedication to nature conservation and climate action in Kenya.
Moreover, Mworia stands out as one of only three individuals globally to be bestowed with this year’s Nature’s Advocate Award.
This recognition places him in an elite group of honorees, underscoring the significance of his contributions.
The Nature’s Advocate Award, an esteemed accolade presented annually by The Nature Conservancy, is reserved for trustees who actively champion policies addressing climate change and conservation challenges.
This underscores the prestigious nature of the recognition and emphasizes the ongoing commitment required to address critical environmental issues.
Sustainable Leadership in Conservation
As a highly respected business leader and trustee of The Nature Conservancy in Africa, Mworia is acknowledged for his pivotal role in promoting sustainable and inclusive conservation initiatives.
Addressing Food Shortages: A Lasting Solution
His efforts have also yielded an innovative and enduring solution to food shortages in Kenya caused by severe drought.
Emphasizing Tangible Outcomes
During the award ceremony in Washington, DC, Mworia, receiving the award from Senator Bill Frist, stressed the importance of connecting conservation work to tangible outcomes that positively impact people’s livelihoods.
Conservation and Livelihoods: A Complementary Approach
Mworia highlighted that conservation and livelihood enhancement are not contradictory but rather complementary.
Leadership Summit and Congressional Discussions
The award ceremony coincided with The Nature Conservancy’s recent Leadership Summit, where trustees and staff convened to discuss conservation and climate change matters with Congressional leaders.
Praise from The Nature Conservancy’s Africa Program
Ademola Ajagbe, the Regional Managing Director of The Nature Conservancy’s Africa Program, commended Mworia’s efforts in conserving Africa’s rich biodiversity. He emphasized the inspiring and commendable role played by such champions.
Global Responsibility: Protecting 30% by 2030
Ajagbe stressed the collective responsibility to contribute to the global objective of protecting 30 percent of the planet by 2030.
Alongside Mworia, the other recipients of this year’s Nature’s Advocate Award are Chris Robinson, a livestock operator, and seasoned government leader from Utah in the United States, and Lorelei Cloud, a Tribal Nations leader from Utah.
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