Johan Rockström receives Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation Award

11/06/2020 - The Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation has honored personalities and organisations for their commitment to the preservation of the planet since 2008. This morning, the Foundation announced this year´s three winners in the categories “Water”, “Climate Change” and “Biodiversity”.
Johan Rockström receives Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation Award
Recipient of the Climate Change Award 2020: Johan Rockström (Photo: Ausserhofer/PIK)

The award honors the commitment of personalities and organisations in preserving biodiversity, managing water resources and limiting the effects of climate change in the Mediterranean Basin, the Polar Regions and the Least Developed Countries. Under the special circumstances required by COVID-19, this year's prizes were awarded in a virtual ceremony. The three awardees came from India, Sri Lanka and Potsdam: First, the biodiversity award was given to the Deccan Development Society (DDS). Their aim is to give food sovereignty to the most socio-politically disadvantaged women in the rural South of India by improving their farming technologies with sustainable and ecological means. Sesond, the water prize went to the International Water Management Institute (IWMI) in Sri Lanka which focusses on water as a critical component of social and economic development and works for example with smallholder farmers. Third, PIK Director Johan Rockström received the Climate Change award 2020 for his “remarkable commitment in favour of this cause and for supporting for many years UN initiatives in particular”.

Rockström: “It is a great honour to receive this prestigious prize from a true global sustainability champion - Prince Albert II. He has tirelessly put his intellectual and influential weight behind safeguarding our planet. With the foundation, he has institutionalised this commitment and done a remarkable job in catalysing forces for positive change since 2006. I am grateful and proud to be amongst the illustrious past awardees for the Climate Change Award.”

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