It is with a heavy heart the Australian Committee pays tribute to the two conservation powerhouses we have recently lost.
Gigari George, who passed away on the 12th of October, was a passionate and fearless sea-country woman, leader and champion of indigenous knowledge and empowerment to manage land and sea country. Having served as the CEO of NAILSMA from 2014-2018, and on its Board, she was an integral to the success of the organisation. She leaves a legacy of national recognition and support for indigenous-led land and sea-management, science and research. She was a powerful voice for First Nations and a leader in developing and promoting inclusive environmental policies, programs and practices, such as the flagship Indigenous Protected Areas and Working on Country Programs, the National Environmental Science Program, and building a strong indigenous
involvement in the management of the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park.
Graeme Worboys, who died on the 28th of September, was also tireless and dedicated to the protection of our natural heritage. He had a passion for finding and sharing learnings from around the world on best practice protected area management. He was unfailingly polite, unassuming and relentless in building and communicating a remarkable body of knowledge, case studies and guidance on the management of protected landscapes. He had an enduring passion for connectivity conservation, mountains and the Snowy Mountains in particular, campaigning tirelessly for the better understanding and protection of Kosciuszko National Park.
Both were outstanding conservationists with a deep and abiding love of nature, and shared their knowledge for the encouragement and benefit of others. They leave powerful legacies for current and future generations. They will be deeply missed by their many colleagues in IUCN and the wider conservation community.