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CIEEM Medal Winner 2016

Professor Roger Crofts CBE FCIEEM has been awarded the 2016 CIEEM Medal in recognition of his outstanding, lifelong contribution to environmental conservation, governance and management. Roger has an exceptional record of leadership at both national and international levels.

Internationally, Roger has been Chair of the IUCN UK Committee and of its World Commission on Protected Areas (WCPA) European Region and is now one of only six WCPA Emeriti globally. During his time in the role Roger led the development of the key outcome statements of the 5th World Parks Congress in Durban, South Africa.

In recognition of his sustained and outstanding environmental work in Iceland, including publication of Healing the Land, Roger was awarded the Soil Conservation Medal in 2011, and the Knight’s Cross of the Icelandic Order of the Falcon in 2014, bestowed by the President of Iceland.

Roger’s main legacy in Scotland is his leadership and vision on natural heritage. In the 1980s he developed new ideas for managing conflict in nature conservation, developing a strategic vision for the nation and articulating it in a highly regarded White Paper, Scotland’s Natural Heritage: The Way Ahead. Roger then won a public competition for the role of Founder CEO of Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH) in 1992. Roger went on to lead the organisation through its formative years, putting in place organisational values and approaches that still stand it in good stead today.

The Medal is the Chartered Institute’s highest accolade and is awarded annually in recognition of an outstanding single or life-long contribution to the field of ecology and environmental management.

The Awards Ceremony will take place on 30 June 2016 at the Birmingham Botanical Gardens and includes a celebration luncheon, a presentation by Guest Speaker Stephanie Hilborne OBE, CEO of The Wildlife Trusts, and the announcement of, and presentation to, the winners of the 13 other Awards categories.

On hearing the news, Roger Crofts said: It is a great honour to be awarded the medal from our professional institute leading the vitally important work of improving standards in the management of our environment. As a septuagenarian, I am still learning how to influence politicians and policy makers so that the profession and its institute are rightly recognised as a leader in the field in its 25th anniversary year."

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