Founder and CEO of FNPF Dr Gede Nyoman Bayu Wirayudha has received the 2012 Rainforest Award in San Francisco for his “lifelong commitment to deep activism, species and forest conservation as well as groundbreaking community development projects“.
The award was given by the international conservation organisation “Rainforest Action Network” (RAN). It was presented at RAN’s annual gala awards ceremony, REVEL: The Art of Activism, on October 17, 2012.
As an honoree, Bayu joined a rich history of previous awardees that includes Robert F. Kennedy, Jr., Maria Gunnoe, Vandana Shiva, Indigenous activists from around the world and many more. Each of these luminaries, have been leaders in protecting the worlds’ remaining rainforests, breaking North America’s addiction to fossil fuels, stemming the climate crisis and safeguarding human rights.
RAN says their organisation has “been deeply impressed by your work as Founder and Director of Friends of the National Parks Foundation and believe that this is your time to receive our prestigious award.”
Bayu accepted the award with thanks to his team at FNPF for their dedication, commitment and hard work, most especially Basuki Budi Santoso, FNPF’s manager in Kalimantan.
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REVEL: the Art of Activism – the award giving ceremony in San Francisco