Because of our concern for the environment we instituted The Volvo Environment Prize 1988.The prize has become one of the world’s most prestigious environmental scientific prizes. It is awarded annually to people who have made outstanding scientific discoveries within the area of the environment and sustainable development.
Conservation biologist Professor Claire Kremen is this year's laureate of the Volvo Environment Prize for her world-class research on how humanity can feed itself while protecting biodiversity.
The world is losing species at an alarming rate. The forests and wild areas of the Earth are rapidly transformed into farmlands, pushing wildlife into steep decline. According to a recent report by the conservation group WWF, the wildlife population has fallen by more than two-thirds in less than 50 years. They recorded an average 68 percent fall in more than 20,000 species of mammals, birds, amphibians, reptiles, and fish since 1970.
"With very large-scale agriculture, we are simplifying the landscapes a lot. It makes them much less hospitable for most species," says Claire Kremen, a professor in biodiversity, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada.
A way to reverse this catastrophic trend is to change the working lands – agriculture, forestry, and ranches – to more diverse landscapes to preserve biodiversity.
Says the jury of the Volvo Environment Prize Foundation:
"Professor Kremen's work on diversified farming systems and conservation has helped us to understand how the increasingly globalized food system affects biodiversity, sustainability and equity, and - most importantly - how to significantly improve this system so that we can feed ourselves while protecting biodiversity and mitigating climate change."
The Volvo Environment Prize is awarded for: "Outstanding innovations or scientific discoveries, which in broad terms fall within the environmental field."
Since its inception in 1990 the Volvo Environment Prize has become one of the scientific world’s most respected environmental awards.
The Prize is awarded by an independent foundation, instituted in 1988. A Scientific Committee does the initial screening and evaluation of candidates. The International Prize Jury, a group of internationally renowned scientists, makes the final selection of laureate or laureates.
Laureates represent all fields of environmental and sustainability studies and initiatives.
The Volvo Environment Prize is awarded annually. The Prize consists of a hand-crafted diploma, a glass sculpture and a cash award of SEK 1.5 million (approximately EUR 165,000 or USD 215,000). The award ceremony is in Stockholm in November.