Winners of the 2017 Eco Warrior Award
Kenya celebrated the 2017 UNWTO World Tourism Day on 27thSeptember 2017 by showcasing the innovative leaders in sustainable tourism that were recognized during the Eco Warrior Awards Gala dinner. The dinner was hosted by the Ministry of Tourism at the Radisson Blu, Nairobi and the event was graced by the Tourism Cabinet Secretary Hon. CS Najib Balala EGH, Tourism Principal Secretary, Fatuma Hirsi Mohamed CBS, Ministry of Tourism Staff, Ecotourism Kenya members, Chairpersons of Tourism State Corporations and private sector amongst other invited guests and dignitaries and also key players in the tourism and conservation fraternity.
In line with the theme of the year of Sustainable Tourism for Development, “Sustainable tourism – a tool of development” the winners of the 12th Ecowarrior Award were recognized and celebrated for their commitment to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) as demonstrated in their application and as assessed by the judges led by Sustainable Tourism guru Judy Kepher-Gona.
The following are the winners of the 2017 Eco Warrior Award:
Overall winner: Ol Pejeta Conservancy
Ol Pejeta Conservancy emerged the winner in SDG 8: Decent Work & Economic Growth which was sponsored and presented by Kenya Association of Tour Operators. Northern Rangelands Trust (NRT) came in second and in the third place was Sirikoi Lodge
El Karama was the winner of SDG 12: Responsible Consumption and Production which was sponsored and presented by Tourism Finance Corporation (TFC). Rekero Camp in Maasai Mara was second and Kilima Camp clinched the third place.
Campi ya Kanzi with 2 million carbon credits clinched this categories award under SDG 13: on Climate Action. The award was sponsored and presented by Kenya Wildlife Trust. In second place was Tawi Lodge for their innovative use of renewable energy (Solar). Kilaguni Serena Safari Lodge took the third place.
Ol Pejeta Conservancy for the second time took home the award for the category under SDG 15: Life on Land. This category was sponsored by Kenya Wildlife Conservancies Association (KWCA). Safari Link Aviation took second place followed by Gamewatchers Safaris in the third place
Lets’ Go Travel emerged winner for supporting communities realize the benefits under SDG 4: Quality Education. Tourism Fund was the sponsors of this category. Air Kenya Express Ltd followed in second place and Kenyatta University was recognized in third place.
Turtle Bay emerged a winner for implementing SDG 3: Good Health & Well Being. The category was sponsored and presented by SATIB-Laison Group. The 1st runners up were Amboseli Institute of Technology
Paul Kirui took away the trophy for exemplary work in implementing SDG 15: Life on Land in the individual category. He is a celebrated tour guide and African Fund for Endangered Wildlife (AFEW) was very pleased to be the sponsor for this category.
The Eco Warrior Award is an annual event hosted by Ecotourism Kenya. With the aim to celebrate ecotourism best practices in different tourism sectors and tourism set ups in Kenya; it was an amazing experience to receive applications that showcased effort in the localization of the SDGs.
For more information about the Eco-Warriors Awards and Ecotourism Kenya visit www.ecotourismkenya.org
SOURCE: Ecotourism Kenya Press Release