One of the scientific world's most respected environmental prizes

SCIENCE TO HELP SAVE THE RAIN FOREST

MEET THE 2016 LAUREATE CARLOS NOBRE,
A PIONEER IN EFFORTS TO UNDERSTAND AND PROTECT
ONE OF EARTH’S MOST IMPORTANT ECOSYSTEMS.

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Guardian of the Amazon receives
the Volvo Environment Prize 

Brazilian scientist professor Carlos Nobre is the
laureate for 2016. He gains the award for his pioneering
efforts in the understanding and protection of
the Amazon, one of the Earth´s most important ecosystems.

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Meet the scientists

The Volvo Environment Prize laureates are exploring the way to a sustainable world. Meet them in the videos. Press the media button above, to the right.

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ONE OF THE SCIENTIFIC WORLD'S MOST
RESPECTED ENVIRONMENTAL PRIZES

LEARN MORE ABOUT THE WORK OF THE VOLVO ENVIRONMENT PRIZE LAUREATES IN INFORMATIVE AND ENTERTAINING VIDEOS.

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SCIENCE TO HELP SAVE THE RAIN FOREST

MEET THE 2016 LAUREATE CARLOS NOBRE,
A PIONEER IN EFFORTS TO UNDERSTAND AND PROTECT
ONE OF EARTH’S MOST IMPORTANT ECOSYSTEMS.

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Guardian of the Amazon receives
the Volvo Environment Prize 

Brazilian scientist professor Carlos Nobre is the
laureate for 2016. He gains the award for his pioneering
efforts in the understanding and protection of
the Amazon, one of the Earth´s most important ecosystems.

Read more

Meet the scientists

The Volvo Environment Prize laureates are exploring the way to a sustainable world. Meet them in the videos. Press the media button above, to the right.

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ONE OF THE SCIENTIFIC WORLD'S MOST
RESPECTED ENVIRONMENTAL PRIZES

LEARN MORE ABOUT THE WORK OF THE VOLVO ENVIRONMENT PRIZE LAUREATES IN INFORMATIVE AND ENTERTAINING VIDEOS.

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The laureates - Year by year

Laureates 1990

John V. Krutilla, Allen V. Kneese

"Environmental and resource economics."
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Laureate 1991

Paul Crutzen

"Major research projects in atmospheric chemistry."
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Laureates 1992

Norman Myers, Peter H. Raven

"Biodiversity, particularly in tropical regions."
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Laureates 1993

Paul R. Ehrlich, John P. Holdren

"Understanding of population and resources."
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Laureate 1994

Gita Sen

"Poverty and environment‚ the role of women."
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Laureate 1995

Gilbert F. White

"Natural resource planning."
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Laureate 1996

James E. Lovelock

"New sensitive measurement techniques."
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Laureates 1997

Syukuru Manabe, Veerabhadran Ramanathan

"Climate modelling and climate change."
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Laureates 1998

Malin Falkenmark, David Schindler

"Availability and quality of freshwater."
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Laureate 1999

Monkombu Sambasivan Swaminathan

"Agriculture and resource conservation to eradicate poverty."
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Laureates 2000

José Goldemberg, Amulya K N Reddy, Robert H.Williams, Thomas B Johansson

"Environmentally sound solutions to global energy needs."
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Laureate 2001

George M.Woodwell

"Ecosystem research and public policy development."
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Laureates 2002

Partha Dasgupta, Karl-Göran Mäler

"Property rights, poverty, and economic development."
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Laureates 2003

Madhav Gadgil , Mohammad Yunus

"True and worthy scientists of the poor."
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Laureates 2004

David Satterthwaite, Jaime Lerner, Luisa Molina, Mario Molina

"Outstanding work on three linked urbanization themes."
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Laureates 2005

Kalin Arroyo, Aila Keto

"Understanding of the importance of conservation."
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Laureates 2006

Raymond Hilborn, Daniel Pauly, Carl Walters

"Human impacts on global ocean environments"
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Laureate 2007

Amory B. Lovins

"For his outstanding achievements in the field of energy efficiency."
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Laureate 2008

Crawford "Buzz" Holling

"The Volvo Environment Foundation takes great pleasure in awarding its 2008 environment prize to Crawford "Buzz" Holling, one of ecology's great integrative thinkers for his pioneering lifetime work on ecosystem dynamics, transformation and resilience, and adaptive management."
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Laureate 2009

Susan Solomon

"Dr Solomon was one of the first scientists to take seriously reports in the 1980s of deterioration of the planet's ozone layer."
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Laureate 2010

Harold A Mooney

"Professor Mooney is a leading voice in the biology of global change, and has been widely recognized for scientific excellence and outstanding accomplishment."
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Laureate 2011

Hans Joachim Schellnhuber

"One of the most exciting, relevant and rapidly growing areas of environmental research is Earth System science."
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Laureate 2012

Gretchen Daily

"A remarkable scientist with profound impact on policy and practice"
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Laureate 2013

Qin Dahe

"Throughout his very distinguished career, Dr. Qin DAHE has made outstanding contributions to the scientific understanding of the climate, both in his own country of China and at the global level."
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Laureate 2014

Eric Lambin

“He has advanced the global understanding of land use change and what it means for human wellbeing".
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Laureate 2015

Henning Rodhe

“Groundbreaking contributions to the understanding of the world’s atmosphere, its constituents, and why this knowledge matters for our well-being.”
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Laureate 2016

Carlos Nobre

“A pioneer in efforts to understand and protect the Amazon, one of Earth’s most important ecosystems.“
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About the prize

The Volvo Environment Prize ...

... is awarded for: "Outstanding innovations or scientific discoveries, which in broad terms fall within the environmental field."

Since its inception in 1990 the Volvo Environment Prize has become one of the scientific world’s most respected environmental awards.

The Prize is awarded by an independent foundation, instituted in 1988. A Scientific Committee does the initial screening and evaluation of candidates. The International Prize Jury, a group of internationally renowned scientists, makes the final selection of laureate or laureates.

Laureates represent all fields of environmental and sustainability studies and initiatives.

The Volvo Environment Prize is awarded annually. The Prize consists of a hand-crafted diploma, a glass sculpture and a cash award of SEK 1.5 million (approximately EUR 165,000 or USD 215,000). The award ceremony is in Stockholm in November.