Yesterday, The IUCN Red List of Threatened SpeciesTM was honoured with this year’s Prince Albert II of Monaco Biodiversity Award.
“This award is an acknowledgement of the important role The IUCN Red List plays in protecting the future of biodiversity,” said Caroline Pollock, IUCN Red List Programme Officer, who accepted the award. “It is also an appropriate recognition of the extraordinary dedication shown by thousands of conservation scientists around the world who volunteer their knowledge, data and time to create this incredible resource.”
The Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation is dedicated to the protection of the environment and the promotion of sustainable development on a global scale. The Foundation supports initiatives of public and private organizations in the fields of research and studies, technological innovation and socially-aware practices. The Foundation provides assistance to projects in three main geographical zones, the Mediterranean Basin, the Polar Regions and the Least Developed Countries, and focuses its efforts on three main areas, climate change, biodiversity, and water.
“I am delighted to participate in the 2014 Award ceremony of the Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation and to join in the celebration of 50 years of important work on The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species,” said Julia Marton-Lefèvre, IUCN Director General, who also attended the ceremony.
IUCN has launched a new campaign, Red List 50, that aims to substantially increase the number of species assessed on the Red List in order to make it a more complete ‘Barometer of Life’ and an even more powerful conservation tool. The goal is to assess 160,000 species by 2020, more than doubling the current number of species on The Red List.
"The IUCN Red List gives biodiversity a voice to tell us where we need to focus our attention most urgently to address real, life-threatening issues,” said Caroline Pollock in her acceptance speech.
“We are profoundly grateful to His Serene Highness Prince Albert of Monaco for this Award. This support and recognition will help speed our progress towards achieving the goal of making The IUCN Red List a true Barometer of Life.”
The Climate Change Award was presented to Professor Ove Hoegh-Guldberg, an internationally renowned scientist specializing in coral reef biology with a special focus on the impact of climate change on marine ecosystems. The Water Award went to Ma Jun, a journalist and environmentalist known for having conducted an investigation on water and river pollution in China, and Dr Sylvia Earle, renowned marine biologist, oceanic explorer, and founder of Mission Blue, received the Special Award.
The Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation Award Ceremony was held in Palm Springs, California, on 12 October 2014.