The Nature Conservancy has honoured the group chief executive officer and managing director of Centum Investments, James Mworia for championing conservation of nature and advancing climate action in Kenya. Mr. Mworia is one of three recipients globally of this year’s Nature’s Advocate Award. The prestigious award is bestowed every year by The Nature Conservancy to its trustees who champion policies that address climate change and conservation challenges.
Mr. Mworia, a respected business leader and a trustee of The Nature Conservancy in Africa, was recognized for his role in promoting sustainable and inclusive conservation efforts that also created an innovative lasting solution to food shortages in Kenya, due to severe drought. “This award is really about connecting our work to outcomes and to improving the livelihoods of people,” said Mr. Mworia when he received the award from Senator Bill Frist, who also serves as the Chair of The Nature Conservancy’s global board. “ Conservation is not inconsistent with improvement of livelihoods, and that is the solution,” he added.
The ceremony was held on the side-lines of The Nature Conservancy’s recent Leadership Summit. The summit brought together trustees and staff to discuss conservation and climate change-related issues with Congressional leaders. The regional managing director of The Nature Conservancy’s Africa programme, Ademola Ajagbe said: “Africa is a place of rich biodiversity. Efforts to conserve this biodiversity, by champions like James, are inspiring and laudable. We all need to play our respective parts in conserving nature to attain the global goal of protecting thirty percent of the planet by 2030.”
Other winners of this year’s Nature’s Advocate Award are Chris Robinson, a livestock operator and long-time government leader from Utah in the US and Lorelei Cloud, a Tribal Nations leader from Utah.