Dr Given Wins National Awards
Curator of the Christchurch Botanic Gardens in New Zealand, David Given, has been awarded two prestigious national awards for his ongoing research into plant conservation.
Dr Given was presented the celebrated Te Tohu Taiao Award for Ecological Excellence 2005 late last week. The award, presented annually by the New Zealand Ecological Society, recognises a person who has made an outstanding contribution to the study and application of ecological science.
"To receive an award of this calibre is quite an honour. It makes you want to continue ploughing on with all the hard work that you have put into ecological conservation over the years," Dr Given says.
Last month, Dr Given also received the New Zealand Plant Conservation Network's Lifetime Achievement Award for his outstanding commitment to New Zealand indigenous plant conservation.
Dr. Given has for a long time been regarded as one of New Zealand's leading authorities on native flora and biodiversity, and is the author of "Rare and Endangered Plants of New Zealand" which was first published in 1981. Working in over 50 countries, including the Antarctic, during his scientific career, David has a passionate interest in conservation horticulture and botanic gardens. He co-chairs the global plant conservation programme of the World Conservation Union (IUCN) Species Survival Commission.