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Zayed International Prize for Environment announced

posted on 20/05/2008: 1544 views

HE Dr. Rashid Ahmed bin Fahd, Minister of Environment and Water announced yesterday the winners of the Zayed International Prize for Environment in its fourth cycle.

Dr. Gro Harlem Brundtland of Norway won the Zayed Prize for Global leadership in environment.

Dr. Brundtland is a Norwegian politician, diplomat and physician and an international leader in sustainable development and public health. She is a former Prime Minister of Norway and has served as the Director General of the World Health Organization. She now serves as a Special Envoy on Climate Change for the United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki Moon.

Professors Jane Lubchenco from the United States of America and V. Ramanathan from India shared the Zayed Prize for Scientific and technological achievements in environment .

Prof. Jane Lubchenco is a world leader in environmental sciences. She discovered fundamental ecological and evolutionary relationships among animals and plants in complex coastal systems. She has studied the effect of aquaculture on world fish supplies and how biotic and abiotic local interactions can have a strong influence on the large-scale properties of ecosystems. She is a fellow of the US National Academy of Sciences, American Philosophical Society, and European Academy of Sciences, TWAS, and the Royal Society of the UK.

Prof. V. Ramanathan is among the most distinguished climatologists in the world. He identified the famous chlorofluorocarbons, stratospheric ozone and other pollutants as significant factors in the anthropogenic greenhouse effect (manmade factors leading to global warming). He also demonstrated the positive amplifying effect of water vapour absorption on global warming, the global cooling effects of clouds on climate. More recently, he made significant contributions to the discovery of the widespread Atmospheric Brown Clouds (ABC) phenomenon. He is a member of the US National Academy of Sciences, the American Philosophical Society, The Academy of Sciences for Developing Countries (TWAS), and the Pontifical Academy of Sciences.

Zayed Prize for Environmental action leading to positive change in society was awarded to two Non-Governmental Organizations. The two NGOs are Environment Development Action in the Third World (ENDA) in Senegal and Tierramrica in Latin America.

Environment Development Action in the Third World was established in the Senegal in 1972. For more than 30 years it has demonstrated success in improving the environment and people's lives throughout the Continent of Africa. It has successfully transferred leadership through three generations of excellent leaders.

Tierramrica is a specialized information service on Environment and Development, produced by the international news agency, Inter Press Service (IPS). It is sponsored by the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP), the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) and The World Bank (WB). The Tierramrica Administrative Board includes the UNEP, UNDP, WB and IPS.

A statement from the Award committee said that the Jury decided that their achievements do fulfil the objectives of the Zayed Prize, in line with the philosophy of the late Sheikh Zayed and the vision of the H.H. the Patron, and they are worth the award.

The winners will be honoured by the Patron, Vice President and Prime Minister of UAE and Ruler of Dubai HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum at a special Award Ceremony on June 9th 2008 at the Jumeirah Beach Hotel. The Ceremony will be attended by Environment Ministers from different parts of the world, heads of regional and international organizations, Gulf dignitaries and international media; in addition to the Jury and Technical Advisory Committee members. Several publications will be distributed during the ceremony including the Society and Environment Magazine in its new look, an Arabic refereed book on 'Environmental Planning' and the Zayed Prize Nomination Guide for the 5th Cycle.

The ceremony will be preceded by the 'Dubai International Conference on Sustainable Construction' and exhibition on Green Construction Technology to be held on June 8th 2008 at the Dubai Police Academy. The conference will be opened by the Chairman of the Higher Committee, Dr. Mohamed Bin Fahad and the Chairman of the International Jury, Dr. Klaus Topfer. The conference is a one day, three panels meeting which will be addressed by 13 speakers, mainly from the Private Sector. – Emirates News Agency, WAM


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