The Nordic Council Environment Prize has been awarded since 1995, and the theme changes each year. In 2020, the theme of the prize is all about preserving biodiversity.
The emphasis of the 2020 Nordic Council Environment Prize is to promote future-oriented and innovative initiatives that help to safeguard a richer nature for our shared future. The focus of the prize is the importance of biodiversity as a source of well-being and a prerequisite for us to lead healthy lives.
According to the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Service (IPBES), the loss of biodiversity and the ecosystem services it provides is now unprecedented. Furthermore, the destitution of nature also threatens the well-being of mankind.
Areas that are rich in species and habitats are better able to cope with climate change. In addition, an abundance of different pollinators is a vital for food production, while biodiversity in our living environment has a positive impact on human health.
The Nordic countries boast stunning natural landscapes and have a long tradition of nature conservation. However, with global warming and the continuing decline of species, current efforts to protect biodiversity are inadequate. Both natural and built environments require innovative and effective ways to increase genetic diversity, as well as diversity of species and habitats, and even create new ecosystems where necessary.
The theme of this year’s prize reflects and supports UN sustainable development goals 14 and 15 of life below water and life on land.
Deadline - 13 May
Anyone is welcome to put forward candidates. The deadline for nominations is Wednesday 13 May. Candidates must be a Nordic company, organisation, or individual operating in the Nordic Region and/or related to parties outside of the region. The candidate’s initiative must have a Nordic perspective.
The winner will be announced in Reykjavik on 27 October 2020 in conjunction with the Session of the Nordic Council in Iceland.