The commemorative lectures by the winners held at the United Nations University (Shibuya Ward, Tokyo) on November 17 (Thursday).
|2016 (25th) Blue Planet Prize Winners|
Mr. Pavan Sukhdev ( India )
Born March 30, 1960
UNEP Goodwill Ambassador
Founding Trustee of Green Indian States Trust (GIST)
Founder & CEO of GIST Advisory Associate Fellow of Davenport College, Yale University
Mr. Sukhdev is a pioneer in developing economic rationale and practical metrics for transition towards an inclusive green economy. He has drawn attention to the critical role of the Corporation in this transition. His work has shown how to mainstream the values of ecosystem services into improved public policies and business practises. By developing sustainability metrics for the corporate, provincial and national levels, he has driven momentum and capacity building to hasten the evolution to an inclusive green economy.
Prof. Markus Borner ( Switzerland )
Born April 23, 1945
Former Director of Frankfurt Zoological Society Africa Program
Honorary Professor of University of Glasgow
Adjunct Professor of The Nelson Mandela African Institution of Science and Technology, Tanzania
Prof. Borner has been at the forefront of conservation and management initiatives to protect endangered wildlife and protected-area ecosystems in Africa over the past 40 years. He was among the first to recognize that the conservation of individual species requires comprehensive conservation of entire ecosystems and the contributions and commitment of the Tanzania people to the conservation of their ecosystems. A guiding principle has been that wilderness, biodiversity and beauty are essential for the survival and health of our planet.
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|Remarks from the Award Recipients upon Notification of their Selection|
Humanity's engagement with Nature is the most significant feature of our lives and in need of urgent repair. And yet, we mostly avoid addressing it. The institution that is the Blue Planet Prize signals that sad fact annually and brings environmental problems, both in the large and in the small, to the world's attention. It is understandable that global environmental problems attract public interest, but the "large" is made of the myriad of "smalls". Ultimately, if Humanity is to make peace with Nature, the move will have to come from each one of us. Understanding the way we at the individual level tread nature as we go about our lives is the necessary first step to any resolution of the problems we face. In my own work I have tried over the years to understand the ways in which poverty and wealth at the household level leave their distinctive marks on Nature. So, it is both a great honour and an enormous pleasure for me that the perspective I have tried to introduce into our collective thinking has been recognized by the award of the Prize.
I am deeply humbled to receive this years Blue Planet Prize. It is a great honour to have been considered worthy of this prestigious award and to be standing in the company with the illustrious recipients who have received this prize from the Asahi Glass Foundation over the last 25 years. Throughout my career, I have been very fortunate and privileged to have been able to do something that has had great meaning for me, and that has contributed towards the conservation of the iconic Serengeti National Park and other important conservation areas in Africa. Mine is only a small contribution, and credit is due to the people of Tanzania who have declared 25% of their land area for conservation and - as one of the poorest countries in the world - continue to do their best to preserve their natural heritage. Wilderness, biodiversity and beauty are important for each of us and essential for the survival and health of our blue planet. Many thanks to the Asahi Glass Foundation for helping us find ways into the future, a future where there will be room for elephants and rhinos and where lions can still roar in the morning light.