On the 7th of December 2012, the Governor of Oyo state presented this highly prestigious Award to Bernadette Strebel, the President of ABSWP.
The Award was in recognition of «the exceptional contribution» by ABSWP «to Sustainable Forest Management through private afforestation». Other recipients present included a past President of Nigeria and the Governors of Lagos, Osun, Kastinaand River States of Nigeria.
The Executive Working Committee of the Forestry Association of Nigeria stated that the plantations sponsored by ABSWP were some of the best managed in the whole of Africa south of the Sahara. The Award certificate stated: «The ‹Forestry Association› has watched with keen interest your sustained commitment to tree planting. In a unique way, you have contributed to increasing the carbon sink and indeed mitigating the adverse effects of Climate Change.» and «The Forestry Association is delighted to have partners like you in the global quest for a better environment».Bernadette Strebel was commended by the Honorable Bola Ilori, Special Adviser to the Governor on the «Environment and Beautification», for taking the lead in finding solutions to Nigerian problems, instead of condemning Nigeria as some foreign media were doing. Nigeria was proud of Bernadette Strebel´s efforts, which resulted in the creation of jobs, sustaining the environment and the promotion of peace between and within religions. The presentation and commendation was broadcast on all major television stations in Africa.