The Nature Conservancy has recognized James Mworia, the Group Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director of Centum Investments, for his outstanding commitment to nature conservation and the advancement of climate action in Kenya.
Mworia is one of only three individuals worldwide to receive this year’s Nature’s Advocate Award, a prestigious honor presented annually by The Nature Conservancy to its trustees who actively promote policies addressing climate change and conservation challenges.
Mworia, a highly respected business leader and trustee of The Nature Conservancy in Africa, was acknowledged for his role in promoting sustainable and inclusive conservation initiatives.
These efforts also resulted in an innovative and long-lasting solution to food shortages in Kenya caused by severe drought.
Upon receiving the award in Washington, DC, from Senator Bill Frist, who serves as the chair of The Nature Conservancy’s global board of directors, Mworia emphasized the importance of connecting conservation work to tangible outcomes that improve people’s livelihoods.
He emphasized that conservation and the enhancement of livelihoods are not contradictory but rather complementary.
The award ceremony took place alongside The Nature Conservancy’s recent Leadership Summit, where trustees and staff gathered to discuss matters related to conservation and climate change with Congressional leaders.
Ademola Ajagbe, the Regional Managing Director of The Nature Conservancy’s Africa Program, praised Mworia’s efforts in conserving the rich biodiversity of Africa, stating that such champions play an inspiring and commendable role.
Ajagbe stressed the collective responsibility to contribute to the global objective of protecting 30 percent of the planet by 2030.
The other recipients of this year’s Nature’s Advocate Award are Chris Robinson, a livestock operator and seasoned government leader from Utah in the United States, and Lorelei Cloud, a Tribal Nations leader from Utah.