Prince Philip to celebrate 25 years of honorary fellowship

The Duke of Edinburgh will be celebrating 25 years honorary fellowship of the Chartered Institution of Water and Environmental Management (CIWEM) at a reception at Buckingham Palace next week (October 11).

Prince Philip was awarded the honorary fellowship, the institution’s highest accolade for environmental achievement, on December 15 1986, in recognition of his long-term commitment and support for environmental issues including wildlife conservation and biodiversity.

Attending the event from CIWEM will be its president David Wilkes, chair of the trustee board Jim Oatridge, executive director Nick Reeves, along with the institution’s presidential team, honorary vice presidents, trustees and honorary fellows.

In addition, senior figures from the water and environment sector are expected to attend, as well as government representatives, parliamentarians and senior figures from the business community.

CIWEM executive director Nick Reeves said: “The institution is delighted to mark the occasion of Prince Philip’s 25 years as an honorary fellow of the institution. His personal interest in wildlife and conservation goes back to a time when it was deeply unfashionable to speak publicly on environment issues and when it became clear that urgent action was needed to protect some of the world’s most fragile habitats and species.

“Prince Philip’s support of the work of the institution, and of many environmental causes, has helped make issues such as climate change, nature conservation and water scarcity mainstream issues. The institution is deeply appreciative of Prince Philip’s leadership and support over many years. And we are pleased to have been given this opportunity to celebrate his achievements.”

To mark the occasion, CIWEM president Mr Wilkes will present Prince Philip with a framed photograph from the CIWEM Environmental Photographer of the Year Award.

Carys Matthews

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