Another Environmental Award to Kuki Gallmann
On the occasion of World Peace Day an Italian organization based on the Dolomiti Heritage site has conferred to Kuki the Premio Eccellenza Donna Belluno in recognition of her life time of dedication to the protection of the flora and fauna of Ol Ari Nyiro on the Great Rift Valley of Kenya her home of almost 50 years.
Ol Ari Nyiro is world known for its indigenous forests with endemic plants and insects and it waters and springs and is a water shed for the great Rift Valley lakes Unesco World Heritage Sites.
Ol Ari Nyiro has been recognized as a Key Biodiversity area KBA KE 064 by Nature Kenya and Birdlife international.
The award recognizes her determination and resilience in overcoming challenges and her major contribution to the curbing of climate change.
“Eccellenza Donna Belluno” is conferred to her with this motivation:
“Kuki Gallmann epitomizes the woman who has followed her environmental cause with determination, strength and resilience – an example to those who do not realize the devastating effects of climate change, and the importance -to mitigate it- of conserving the forests and the natural world.
Kuki originates from Veneto and since over a generation is a Kenya citizen – world known for her environmental activism”.
Kuki moved to Kenya with her family in 1972 and lives since in Ol Ari Nyiro in Laikipia – where her husband and young son, who both died tragically, are buried.
In their memory she dedicated her life to the protection of the Kenyan Environment and she founded the Gallmann Memorial Foundation and the Laikipia Laikipia Nature Conservancy for conservation, education and community service.
Due to sustained environmental protection for over a generation against many odds, Ol Ari Nyiro (the Place of Springs) in Laikipia West, situated on the great Rift Valley boundary with Baringo, has been declared by Nature Kenya a Key Biodiversity Area (Kenya KE 064) for its unique variety of flora and Fauna.
Ol ari Nyiro boasts protected relic indigenous forests, where Endemic -new to science- species of insects, amphibians and plants have been found by scientists and researchers from the National Museums of Kenya.
Kuki is a best selling author and recipient of several international environmental awards.
Her autobiography “I Dreamed of Africa” was made into a movie.
She is an Ambassador for the Migratory Species for UNEP/CMS and has been a Honorary Warden with the Kenya Wildlife Services since twenty years.
Motivazione del premio:
“Kuki Gallmann è donna che è testimonianza di chi persegue una causa senza se e senza ma, rappresentando esempio di forza, determinazione e resilienza. Impegnata per la salvaguardia dell’ambiente, è monito per chi ancor oggi non è pienamente consapevole dei cambiamenti climatici e dei loro effetti”.
The Gallmann Memorial Foundation
Ol Ari Nyiro Laikipia Nature Conservancy
Dedicated to the Coexistence of People and Nature in Africa
P.O. Box 63704 00619 Nairobi Kenya
Please help us with the ongoing rebuilding and the maintaining of vital conservation infrastructure on Laikipia Nature Conservancy, while supporting our philanthropic work of education and scholarships, community support, assistance to neighbours, public health, food drought relief, water, road building and maintenance.
And of course continuing to equip the outstanding team of rangers with uniforms, transport, binoculars, infrared cameras and everything they need to continue to protect and monitor the unique Biodiversity of Ol Ari Nyiro, and also support our ongoing re-forestation project to combat global warming by planting more and more indigenous trees.
With your help we can secure Kuki’s vision and legacy in perpetuity.
Please help us by making a donation below, however small or big it may be!!!