UNEP / CHAMPIONS OF EARTH UGANDA

08-Dec-2021 00:02:54
Dr. Gladys Kalema-Zikusoka of Uganda was granted the Champion of the Earth award for 2021 in the Science and Innovation category by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP). UNEP
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STORY: UNEP / CHAMPIONS OF EARTH UGANDA
TRT: 2:54
SOURCE: UNEP
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LANGUAGE: ENGLISH / NATS

DATELINE: FILE – UGANDA
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FILE – UGANDA

1. Timelapses, forest scenes
2. SOUNDBITES (English) Dr. Gladys Kalema-Zikusoka, Founder and CEO of Conservation Through Public Health:
“I'm Dr. Gladys Kalema-Zikusoka founder and CEO of Conservation Through Public Health. I'm a
wildlife veterinarian and conservationist. I've been working with gorillas for 25 years.”
3. Wide shot, Dr. Gladys Kalema-Zikusoka observing wild gorillas in forest
4. Close up, gorilla
5. Med shot, Dr. Gladys Kalema-Zikusoka observing wild gorillas in forest
6. SOUNDBITES (English) Dr. Gladys Kalema-Zikusoka, Founder and CEO of Conservation Through Public Health:
“By hiring me as the first vet for the Uganda Wildlife Authority. I became the first full time wildlife vet in Uganda, and that started making people realize that animal welfare is important in conservation.”
7. Close up, Medical researcher in a lab
8. SOUNDBITES (English) Dr. Gladys Kalema-Zikusoka, Founder and CEO of Conservation Through Public Health:
“The one health approach addresses the health of humans, animals and the environment together.”
9. Med shot, Health staff walking in forest
10. Med shot, Health staff chatting with people
11. SOUNDBITES (English) Dr. Gladys Kalema-Zikusoka, Founder and CEO of Conservation Through Public Health:
“So, we find that we need to improve community well-being. And one way that we do it is by improving their health, which in turn also protects the gorillas.”
12. Various shots, coffee farmers picking coffee
13. SOUNDBITES (English) Dr. Gladys Kalema-Zikusoka, Founder and CEO of Conservation Through Public Health:
“We're building a brand community of coffee drinkers at our gorilla conservation cafe. We only buy
coffee from farmers bordering the park. So, at the gorilla conservation cafe people know that when
they come and buy coffee there or drink coffee there, they know that they're helping to save gorillas.”
14. Various shots, coffee being made in café
15. SOUNDBITES (English) Dr. Gladys Kalema-Zikusoka, Founder and CEO of Conservation Through Public Health:
“We have a team of gorilla guardians. These are human and gorilla conflict resolution team members.”
16. Various shots, coffee being dried out in farm building
17. SOUNDBITES (English) Dr. Gladys Kalema-Zikusoka, Founder and CEO of Conservation Through Public Health:
“And once these local communities see the gorillas in their garden, they can call out the gorilla
guardians who live in the villages where gorillas come out and they will safely herd them back
without hurting anyone.”
18. Wide shot, farmers working in the highlands
19. Various shots, Dr. Gladys Kalema-Zikusoka looking out over forest landscape
STORYLINE
Dr. Gladys Kalema-Zikusoka of Uganda was granted the Champion of the Earth award for 2021 in the Science and Innovation category by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP).

The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) made its 2021 Champions of the Earth announcement on Tuesday (08 Dec). The Champions were chosen for their transformative impact on the environment and their leadership in advancing bold and decisive action on behalf of people and the planet.

Since its inception in 2005, the annual Champions of the Earth award, the UN’s highest environmental honour, has been awarded to some of the world’s most dynamic environmental leaders. So far, it has been awarded to 101 laureates, including 25 world leaders, 62 individuals and 14 organizations. This year, UNEP received a record number of nominations from all over the world.

Dr. Kalema-Zikusoka was first-ever wildlife veterinarian of the Uganda Wildlife Authority, and is a recognised world authority on primates and zoonotic diseases. As the founder and CEO of Conservation Through Public Health (CTPH), she leads the implementation of three integrated strategic programs using the ‘One Health’ approach.
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