WWF International President wins prestigious prize for environmental work

Posted on January, 27 2020

Pavan Sukhdev, President of the Board of WWF International has been awarded The 2020 Tyler Prize for Environmental Achievement for being a pioneer in illuminating and quantifying the economic value of our natural environment. He shares the award with conservation biologist Gretchen C. Daily.

“The Tyler Prize Executive Committee is honoured to recognize two outstanding individuals who have pioneered the valuing of natural capital – in rigorous scientific and economic terms – recognising nature’s vital role in supporting human wellbeing,” said Julia Marton-Lefèvre, Tyler Prize Chair.

“His work, particularly with UNEP’s global programme ‘TEEB’ (The Economics of Ecosystems and Biodiversity) and ‘Green Economy Initiative’, has led to extraordinary improvements in our understanding of the value of ecosystems and biodiversity to us all,” reflects Julia Marton-Lefèvre, Tyler Prize Chair. “Using economic instruments to measure what we get from nature may make us take nature’s services more seriously.”

Marco Lambertini, Director General, WWF International said: “We are tremendously proud that Pavan will receive this prestigious award. Through the pioneering work from experts and scientists like Pavan and Gretchen, we now have no doubt that inaction on the environment threatens human health and wellbeing, economic development and business prosperity, and no option but to act. Pavan has played a pivotal role in this awareness and is helping WWF and the environmental movement drive governments to adopt an ambitious New Deal for Nature and People in 2020 that will put nature at the heart of a healthy world economy and society.”


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Pavan Sukhdev, President, WWF International
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