Els van Lavieren is one of the founders of MPC and has been executing the many projects in Morocco pretty much solo for years. For this she won the Future for Nature Award 2010:
Future for Nature: “Els van Lavieren received the Future for Nature Award 2010 (www.futurefornature.net) for her internationally outstanding Barbary macaque protection efforts. She has been working on conserving the threatened Barbary macaque in Morocco since 2004. Els co-founded the Moroccan Primate Conservation foundation, and has worked on various aspects of Barbary macaque conservation. The main threats to the Barbary macaque are habitat destruction and illegal trade. To ensure the survival o the Barbary macaque, Els uses a multi- level approach, targeting everything ministries to local poachers and European consumers. By monitoring and providing training and education, she tackles the diverse causes of their imminent extinction Her ingenious conservation approach, natural leadership and unwavering devotion to the protection of this primate, render her a laudible winner of the Future for Nature Award 2010”. This award is sponsored by Burger’s Zoo and currently also IUCN The Netherlands.
On the picture you see Els van Lavieren with Sabah Douglas Hamilton. Saba Douglas-Hamilton is the daughter of zoologist and elephant biologist Iain Douglas Hamilton, and lives in Kenya. She is a wildlife conservationist and television / documentary presenter, who most recently presented Unknown Africa for the BBC.
Watch a short movie of the award day: http://futurefornature.org/award-show-2010/