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Eleven candidates fight for the Nordic Council's Environment Prize

The Nordic countries lead the way globally when it comes to protecting nature and preserving its diversity. But who will be rewarded by the Nordic Council for promoting biodiversity in the Nordic Region and the rest of the world? Eleven candidates for the Nordic Council Environment Prize have just been announced. The decision will be made on 22 May, the UN Day for Biological Diversity.

Apr 17, 2012

The Nordic Council Environment Prize is worth DKK 350,000. The winner will be announced on 22 May in Oslo, on the UN Day for Biological Diversity and the prize will be awarded at the Nordic Council's annual Session on 30 October in Helsinki.

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The nominations for the prize cover a wide range from beekeepers on Åland to Nordens Ark, a nature park in Sweden. Life Exhibitions from Denmark, which has organised exhibitions such as the famous French photographer Yann Arthus-Bertrand's "Earth from Above" has also been nominated.

The list includes scientists like Pétur Jónasson from Iceland and Carsten Rahbek from Denmark, who are considered among the world leaders in their field. Other nominees such as the grass rooters Eymundur Magnússon from Iceland and Jens-Kjeld Jensen from the Faroe Islands have worked to preserve nature's diversity in their local communities.

Many of the nominees work in several Nordic countries, such as, for example, the Finnish environmental activist Olli Manninen. And some have been nominated jointly, like Swedish Naturarvet and the Finnish Natural Heritage Foundation, which both seek to ensure the preservation of endangered forests.

The Rainforest Foundation Norway has extended its activities to include tropical regions of the world and not just the Nordic countries. Common to all the nominees is that they help to put the Region on the map as a leading region when it comes to strengthening diversity and preserving vulnerable natural areas.

The Nordic Council Environment Prize is worth DKK 350,000. The winner will be announced on 22 May in Oslo, on the UN Day for Biological Diversity and the prize will be awarded at the Nordic Council's annual Session on 30 October in Helsinki.

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