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Prince of Wales Award for Sustainable Forestry

The New Zealand Institute of Forestry has announced that David Saathof has been awarded The Prince of Wales Award for Sustainable Forestry in 2018. Source: Timberbiz

This award recognises engagement in the principles and practice of sustainable forest management including policy, planning, practice and sound science-based land stewardship.

Awardees must be committed to public outreach and knowledge exchange, focusing on the wise use and conservation of forests and forest ecosystems.

This prestigious award was established last year, with the guidance and support of His Royal Highness, The Prince of Wales.

In a video message played at the New Zealand Institute of Forestry annual awards dinner in Rotorua in 2017, His Royal Highness said the purpose of the award was to encourage young forestry professionals to be “…a catalyst for change, improving communication and collaboration between national forestry institutes, and ultimately helping to equip the forestry profession to deal wisely with the challenges we face now and in the future…”

The NZIF is pleased to acknowledge Mr Saathof’s achievements as an emerging leader in sustainable forestry in New Zealand. He joins a select group of young leaders with a common passion for sustainable forestry, from throughout the Commonwealth, who now have an international platform to exchange ideas, promote sustainability and share their knowledge.

The award recognises that sustainable forestry management principles are fundamental to the practice of forestry in New Zealand.