IPBES wins the prestigious Blue Planet Prize 2024. IPBES recognized for global biodiversity leadership with Blue Planet Prize

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  • The Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) has been awarded the 2024 Blue Planet Prize for its efforts in biodiversity, ecosystem services and facilitating better science-informed policy and action. 
  • The Blue Planet Prize was also awarded to Professor Robert Costanza for his foundational contributions to the field of ecological economics, a new field of study that recognizes that the economy is embedded in society and a finite biosphere. 

About the Blue Planet Prize

  • The Blue Planet Prize is one of the top global sustainability awards, given annually to individuals and organizations for outstanding achievements in scientific research and its application, which have helped provide solutions to global environmental problems. 
  • It is awarded by the Asahi Glass Foundation headquartered in Tokyo, Japan. 
  • Two winners are chosen every year and the prize includes an award of US$500,000.
  • It was established in 1992, the year of the Rio Earth Summit. The award’s name was inspired by the remark “the Earth is blue”, uttered by the first human in space, Russian cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin, upon viewing our planet. 
  • The Prize is offered in the hope of encouraging efforts to bring about the healing of the Earth’s fragile environment. 

About the Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) 

  • The Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) is an independent intergovernmental organization established by States to strengthen the science-policy interface for biodiversity and ecosystem services for the conservation and sustainable use of biodiversity, long-term human well-being and sustainable development. 
  • It was established in Panama City, on 21 April 2012 by 94 Governments. It currently has more than 145 Member States. 
  • The IPBES secretariat is located in Bonn, Germany.

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