Venezuelan Research Centre and Norwegian Scientist share UNESCO Prize while Young Scientists get awardsThis year’s Sultan Qaboos Prize has been jointly awarded to a pioneering Venezuelan centre for tropical ecology and a leading Norwegian biodiversity specialist. At yesterday’s meeting of the Bureau of the International Co-ordinating Council of UNESCO’s Man and the Biosphere (MAB) Programme, which acts as the jury of these prizes, the winners of MAB Young Scientists Awards, representing nine countries, were also decided.
The 2003 Sultan Qaboos Prize was awarded to the Centre for Ecology (Centro de Ecología) in Venezuela and to the Norwegian biodiversity specialist Peter Johan Schei, who was nominated by the United Nations Environmental Programme (UNEP). The Centre for Ecology is a unit of the Venezuelan Institute for Scientific Research (IVIC). For decades it has not only generated a wealth of scientific knowledge in the field of tropical ecology but it has systematically and successfully disseminated this knowledge to professionals and the general public through education, training and awareness raising. The selection of Mr. Schei is an appreciation of his extraordinary contributions to the conservation and sustainable use of biodiversity and natural resources. Furthermore, the Prize acknowledges Mr Schei’s role as facilitator in the dialogue between developed and developing countries in the international environmental arena, especially in the framework of the Convention on Biological Diversity.
|Source||Press release N°2003-43|
|Website 1 (URL)||MAB Programme Website|
|Editorial Contact:||Peter Coles, Bureau of Public Information, Editorial Section, Tel: +33-1 4568 1710|
|Publication Date||09 Jul 2003|