Oppenheimer Generations announced Dr Hayley Clements as the winner of the inaugural Jennifer Ward Oppenheimer Research Grant, for her research titled: “Quantifying the Biodiversity Planetary Boundary for Africa.”

Dr Clements’ research will develop a “Biodiversity Intactness Index” for Africa through a continent-wide collaboration of biodiversity professionals. The project will then explore where and how biodiversity loss impacts human wellbeing, promoting understanding of where investing in nature can develop net benefits for humanity.

Her proposal stood out due to its potential to contribute to groundbreaking research and form key partnerships while positively contributing to the advancement of sustainable development across Africa. She was selected from 164 other applicants across the continent.

Dr Duncan MacFadyen, Head of Conservation Research at Oppenheimer Generations, said, “The JWO Grant could not have asked for a more deserving inaugural winner. We look forward to the results of her research and will continue to support African research excellence that strives to find real-world solutions for African sustainability.

The JWO Grant was set up to honour the late Mrs Jennifer Ward Oppenheimer and to continue her legacy and contribution to conservation, the environment and cutting-edge science in Africa.

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