Top Environmental Prize Honors Ecological Footprint Pioneer.
United Arab Emirates United Arab Emirates, federation of sheikhdoms (2005 est. pop. 2,563,000), c.30,000 sq mi (77,700 sq km), SE Arabia, on the Persian Gulf and the Gulf of Oman. , March 10, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- (http://www.myprgenie.com) -- Dr. Mathis Wackernagel Mathis Wackernagel is a Swiss-born sustainability advocate. He is currently Executive Director for Global Footprint Network, an Oakland, California-based non-profit that focuses on developing and promoting metrics for sustainability. , pioneer of the Ecological Footprint Ecological footprint (EF) analysis measures human demand on nature. It compares human consumption of natural resources with planet Earth's ecological capacity to regenerate them. research method, is among five recipients of this year's Zayed International Prize for the Environment, one of the world's most prestigious sustainability awards. Recipients will be honored Monday, March 14 by UAE Prime Minister Shaikh Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Al Maktoum (المكتوم in Arabic) is the family name of the ruling dynasty of the emirate of Dubai, United Arab Emirates. The Al Maktoum family is a branch of the Bani Yas tribe (a lineage the family shares with the Al Nahyan dynasty of Abu at the Dubai International Convention Center.
Dr. Habib Al Habr, Regional Director of the United Nations Environment Programme, described the prize as the most important environmental award given to champions and pioneers in this field. This year's awardees share a common trait: All recognize sustainability as central to nations' long-term prosperity and security.
Wackernagel is President of sustainability think tank Global Footprint Network, which works with governments, including that of the UAE, to use Ecological Footprint accounting to understand and manage their ecological demand.
"We all know with money, it is critical to know how much we have and how much we use if we want to avoid going bankrupt," Dr. Wackernagel said. "The same is true for natural capital. In today's resource-constrained world, achieving a healthy balance between ecological supply and demand is crucial for countries, cities, and businesses to remain competitive."
"The concept of ecological limits and relating the demands of human beings to the planet's available ecological resources has attracted and is catalyzing action among governments, business, and civil society," the Prize Committee said in a statement. "Under Swiss-born Dr. Wackernagel's leadership, the Footprint is now recognized as a leading and highly comprehensible com·pre·hen·si·ble
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Dr. Wackernagel shares the award with Lee Myung-bak
Lee Myung-bak (Korean: 이명박, Hanja: 李明博, born December 19, 1941 in Hirano, Osaka, Osaka, Japan) is a former mayor of Seoul, the Republic of Korea and , President of the Republic of Korea, Indian economist Sir Partha Dasgupta, and Professor Najib Saab from Lebanon.
SOURCE Global Footprint Network