The 7 October's events
11th Board of Directors’ Meeting:
On the morning of October 7, H.S.H. the Sovereign Prince presided over the 11th meeting of his Foundation’s newly constituted Board of Directors, further to a Sovereign Decision on 14th September following the expiry of the first four-year mandate.
This meeting resulted in the Board's approval of fifteen or so projects in the Foundation’s fields of activity and concerning the assessment of energy efficiency in Africa, marine protected areas (MPAs) in the Mediterranean and the Arctic, the impact of climate change on Himalayan ice, as well as projects to combat deforestation.
The Presidents of the Foundation’s foreign branches, now eight (Paris, Germany, United Kingdom, Switzerland, United States, Canada, Italy and Singapore) also attended the meeting.An evaluation concerning the development of these branches was also made.
The fourth Award ceremony was preceded by a Press Conference in the Grimaldi Forum at 6 p.m., in the presence of H.E. Mr Bernard Fautrier, Vice President of the Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation, the three 2011 winners, representatives of Disneynature and two representatives of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC).
4th Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation Award Ceremony
The same day at the Grimaldi Forum, H.S.H. Prince Albert II of Monaco presented his Foundation Awards to:
Climate Change Award 2011
David Suzuki (Canada), PhD and the president of the David Suzuki Foundation, is a renowned scientist and environmentalist.An internationally respected geneticist, he has won many awards for his work.His career as the creator and host of award-winning scientific programmes and films geared towards a non-specialist audience has earned him consistent high acclaim over the last thirty years.
Biodiversity Award 2011
Gretchen Daily (United States), holding a PhD in biological sciences from Stanford University, divides her time between scientific research, teaching, public education and working with leaders to advance practical approaches to environmental challenges.Her scientific research is focused on the future dynamics of biodiversity change.Professor Daily chairs the “Natural Capital” project whose goal is to align economic forces with conservation. This project is being developed in various sites worldwide where biodiversity is under threat (China, Colombia, Ecuador, Mexico, Tanzania and the United States).
Water Award 2011
Andras Szollosi-Nagy(Hungary),rector of the UNESCO-IHE Institute for water education, has widely contributed to reforming multidisciplinary education on water resources for the benefit of developing countries.Over the past 17 years, as the governor of the World Water Council, he has helped to draw attention to the water issue in the world and to raise the awareness of both the public and political decision-makers about this matter.
Since 2008, the Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation Awards have been presented to individuals who have made an exceptional commitment towards saving our planet.
Sculpture by Gilles Chabrier
Let us recall the message of H.S.H. Prince Albert II of Monaco:“I wanted to create these Awards to lend my support to the exceptional women and men who have made a personal commitment to save our planet.”»
The 2011 Award Ceremony was preceded by the exclusive screening of Disneynature’s film “African Cats”.This film label, dedicated to producing environmental movies, has chosen to tell the moving and captivating story of the kings of the African savannah, for whom nothing can ever be taken for granted.A fascinating journey into the heart of life in the wild, never before captured on the silver screen, the film is to be released in French cinemas on 1st February 2012.
The evening concluded with a private dinner on the stage of the Salle des Princes, during which the Foundation paid tribute to the work of young researchers from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC).
- Rizwana Subhani, Asian Institute of Technology (Thailand)
- Romaric Ogouwale, University of Abomey-Calavi (Benin)
- Dibi Milongo, University of Ouagadougou (Burkina Faso)
- Genito Maure, University of Cape Town (South Africa)
- Robert Katikiro, University of Bremen (Germany)
- Sudeep Thakuri, Water Research Institute (Italy)
- Yakob Mohammed Umer, Arba Minch University (Ethiopia)