Rector awarded Prince Albert II Monaco Prize

Mon, 10/10/2011

Prof. András Szöllösi-Nagy, Rector of UNESCO-IHE, was awarded the Water Prize of the Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation for his contribution to the Sciences and creating a better understanding of the environment. Particularly for being instrumental in reforming the teaching of multidisciplinary water resources for the benefit of developing countries. Over the past 17 years, as Governor of the World Water Council, he drew attention to the issue of water in the world and educated both the general public and policy makers on the subject. The event took place at an official awarding ceremony in Monte Carlo on 7 October, in the presence of 1500 guests from all over the world.


Other award winners include: Dr. David Suzuki (Canada), in the category 'Climate Change'. Dr. Suzuki is President of the David Suzuki Foundation. He is a scientist, a renowned environmentalist as well as a world-renowned geneticist who received numerous awards for his work. His career as a creator and facilitator of programmes and films of award-winning popular science earned him constant praise for thirty years.

Dr. Gretchen Daily (USA), received the award in the category 'Biodiversity'. She has a background in Biological Sciences from Stanford University and works with leaders from all walks of life to advance practical approaches to address environmental challenges. Her scientific research focused on the future dynamics of changes in biodiversity. Professor Daily chaired the project "Natural Capital" which purpose is to support economic incentives to help conservation. This project was implemented in various sites around the world where biodiversity is threatened (China, Colombia, Ecuador, Mexico, Tanzania and the United States).