NUST graduate one of Top 100 Young African Conservation Leaders

Former NUST student, Toini Amutenya, who graduated from the Faculty of Natural Resources and Spatial Sciences in 2019 was astounded when she received a message from the Top 100 Young African Conservation Leaders. The message conveyed that she was successfully chosen to serve as one of the members after being nominated anonymously. The charismatic Amutenya sat down with NUST Brief to share her exciting story.

Q. What was the selection criteria for the Top 100 Young African Conservation Leaders?

One has to be a youth activist who is well engaged at a local, national, or regional level. You should also be under the age of 35 years. Entries were in different categories such as Wildlife, Forestry and Land Degradation; Agriculture and Food Security; Waste Management; Energy; Oceans and; Research, Education, and Awareness which I fall under. The Top 100 committee received a total of 565 nominations from youth organisations and networks, which underwent a rigorous judging and verification process.

Toini Amutenya
Q. How does it make you feel to be recognised for your work?

I am overwhelmed in knowing that the little contribution I make towards the conservation of biodiversity, research, and my community awareness initiatives, are well recognised at a national level. The recognition comes with a one-year leadership development programme, which I look forward to.

Q. What is your passion in life?

I have a passion for conservation, as well as to ensure that citizens are educated on the impact of climate change on their livelihoods, social economy, and ecosystems, including the effects on biodiversity. 

This I do by engaging the community as a facilitator, educator, and youth representative on global affairs through global youth summits and affiliating with global networks to make a difference and contribute to sustainable development.



For more information about the Top 100 Young African Conservation Leaders and how to participate, visit: 

Friday, May 7, 2021
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May, 2021

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