EuroNatur Award for Environmental Excellence
The EuroNatur Award for Environmental Excellence shall honour an outstanding commitment in the field of nature conservation, the preservation of our environment, environmental education and the support of sustainable development. The award shall be presented to personalities who have committed themselves in an exemplary manner to the preservation of natural resources over a long period of time.
The EuroNatur Award for Environmental Excellence was awarded for the first time in 1992. Ever since several outstanding public figures have been honoured for their private, social, economical or political activities in the field of nature conservation. The festive award-ceremony accompanied by an international public relations campaign emphasized the merits of the laureats and the special needs of nature conservation.
Proposals for the EuroNatur Award for Environmental Excellence can be made by environmental NGOs, the members of the board of trustees and the chairmanship of EuroNatur, former prize winners and in special cases national and regional governments. Self-nomination is not possible.
List of Laureates
Jonathan Franzen, best-selling US author and passionate bird-watcher. Outstanding commitment for bird protection in Europe.
Hnutí Duha (Friends of the Earth Czech Republic) is one of the leading nature conservation NGOs in the Czech Republic, outstanding commitment for the protection of Šumava National Park/ European Green Belt.
Dr. Mario Broggi, forestry engineer and ecologist. Outstanding dedication for the protection of European natural heritage.
Dagi Kieffer, founder of the German Foundation for Ecology & Farming. Outstanding dedication for organic farming.
Goran Gugic, Croatian conservationist and EuroNatur partner. Outstanding commitment for the protection of Sava and Danube floodlands.
Dr. Ernst Paul Dörfler, conservationist und author from Eastern Germany, especially championing for the protection of Elbe floodlands.
Island of Tilos (Dodecanese). The award was accepted by mayor Dr. Anastasios Aliferis on behalf of the citizens of Tilos.
Prof. Dr. Herbert Sukopp, professor emeritus for ecosytem research at the Technical University of Berlin
Luc Hoffmann, MAVA Founder and President Emeritus of MAVA Foundation
Roland Emmerich, film director and producer
Dr. Hans Bibelriether, former director of Bavarian Forest National Park
Nelson Mandela, first democratic president of South Africa and Nobel Peace Prize winner 1993 (departed 2013)
Michail Gorbatschow, former president of the Soviet Union and Nobel Peace Prize winner 1990
His Royal Highness, The Prince of Wales
Karl Ludwig Schweisfurth, founder of the Schweisfurth-Foundation and entrepreneur
Dr. Claus Hipp, entrepreneur
Volker Angres, Head of Environmental Department, ZDF (German TV)
Prof. Dr. Ernst Waldemar Bauer, nature documentary producer (departed 2015)
Prof. Dr. Klaus Töpfer, former Executive Director of the UnitedNations Environment Programme (UNEP)
Matthias Platzeck, Prime Minister of Brandenburg
Prof. Dr. Bernhard Friedmann, former President and Member of European Court of Auditors
Other EuroNatur-Award winners:
1996 Arnulf Müller-Helmbrecht, General Secretary of the Bonn Convention and Ulf Doerner, engineer for environmental technology -
1995 Prof. Dr. h.c. Dieter Stolte, Director of Zweites Deutsches Fernsehen (German television channel) - 1994 Jürgen Weber, Chairman of the Board of Deutsche Lufthansa - 1993 Matthias Kleinert, former General Manager of Political and Foreign Affairs of DaimlerChrysler - 1992 Eco-city partnership Sersheim (Germany) / Canale (Italy)