Nairobi,26 October 2007 -The 2007 UNEP Sasakawa Prize will be awarded to Jeunesse Park of South Africa and Bangladeshi NGO Shidhulai Swanirvar Sangstha at an award ceremony on 27 October at New York's Museum of Natural History.
The $200,000 prize is awarded every year to individuals or institutions who have made a substantial contribution to the protection and management of the environment. This year's winners were chosen because of their outstanding and inspirational projects in the area of climate change - this year's theme for the Sasakawa Prize.
Ms. Jeunesse Park is the founder and CEO of Food and Trees for Africa (FTFA), South Africa's only national greening and food gardening NGO which promotes greening, sustainable natural resource use and management and food security.
The NGO Shidhulai Swanirvar Sangstha helps to combat the effects of climate change in Bangladesh - particularly devastating floods and rising water levels ? with 40 flat-bottomed boats which bring a range of educational services and renewable energy supplies to 88,000 families in the remote Chalanbeel region.
Achim Steiner, UN Under-Secretary General and UNEP Executive Director, said: "These two outstanding winners of the Sasakawa Prize 2007 embody leadership in its finest form - namely creative and determined action that demonstrates real and tangible difference to the people and communities they serve. In doing so our award winners are proving that combating climate change is not only do-able but links to the wider environmental, social and economic aims enshrined in targets such as the Millennium Development Goals."
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