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GRID-Arendal won the "Green Oscar": The Princes' Award at a ceremony in Copenhagen 3 June.

03 Jun 1999 - GRID-Arendal won the prestigious Princes' Award 1999 in Copenhagen 3 June. The award was given for the multimedia product State of the Environment Reports Sampler CD-ROM and "Cookbook" with national reports from CEE/NIS countries.

GRID-Arendal's 'Cookbook for state of the environment reporting on the Internet' provides easy-to-use methodological guidance for the development of electronic environmental status reports to be published on the Internet or on CD-ROM.

The award was handed over to the GRID-Arendal Director, Mr Svein Tveitdal by the EU Commissioner for the environment, Ms. Ritt Bjerregaard. The Princes' Award is initiated by the European Environment Agency as a competition for the best audiovisuals on Europe's environment.

The objective of the Award is to emphasize the importance of public participation in solving Europe's environmental problems and public involvement in the move towards sustainable development across the European continent.

A jury co-chaired by the Commissioner for the environment, Ms. Ritt Bjerregaard and the Executive Director of the EEA, Mr Domingo Jimenez Beltran, has evaluated the entries. An honorary Committee of prominent European personalities, including the former President of the Republic of Iceland Vigdis Finbogadottir, the former President of the Soviet Union Mikhail Gorbachev, the former President of the European Commission Jacques Delors, the former President of Portugal, Mario Soares and the President of the Czech Republic Václav Havel secure the integrity and prestige of the Award.

The competition for The Princes' Award is open to all sectors of the European society, the audiovisual and publishing community, TV companies, independent producers, business, NGOs etc.

"This latest in a series of State of the Environment reports contains new reports from 16 countries in Central and Eastern Europe. For primary use by journalists, academics and environmental specialists, it is of great interest that it now also includes a 'cookbook' which contains advise on how to produce State of the Environment reports. Thus not only are the projects methodologies evolving over time, but they have now reached the point where others can start to participate in the building and maintenance of reports. This development related directly to a desire by the Princes Award to recognize the crucial importance of public participation in issues of sustainability.", the chairman of the jury, the EU Commissioner Ritt Bjerregaard commented when handing over the prize.

GRID-Arendal launched the first State of the Environment Norway in 1995, for which it was awarded 2nd place in the Princes Award in 1996. After this event, GRID-Arendal has assisted a number of other countries to produce similar reports. These reports can be found on the prize-winning product or on the GRID-Arendal website: as well as on the websites for the different Ministries of Environment in the participating countries.

"We are very proud to receive this prize", says managing director Svein Tveitdal of GRID-Arendal. "We think this award will lead to more countries using the methods we have developed, and that they themselves will start making such state of the environment reports. In a longer time perspective these environment reports will make it possible to compare the environmental situation in different countries and regions."

See Press release from Copenhague: Princes' Award 1999

State of the Environment Reports Sampler CD-ROM and "Cookbook"

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