The University of St Andrews and international exploration and production company ConocoPhillips announce the call for entries for The St Andrews Prize for the Environment 2015.
Applications are invited from individuals, multi-disciplinary teams or community groups for this annual prize, which is $100,000 USD for the winner and $25,000 USD for each of the other two finalists.
Anyone wishing to enter the 2015 prize should complete the online entry form by 31 October 2014. The shortlisted entries will be invited for a more substantial submission in January 2015 and the winners will be announced at a seminar at the University of St Andrews at the end of April 2015.
The primary objective of the prize is to find innovative solutions to environmental challenges. The solutions should be practical, combining good science, economic reality and political acceptability. The prize offers people from all backgrounds around the world the chance to help transform their environmental ideas into reality and also provides a network of connections and support.
An innovative project from Blue Ventures Conservation Madagascar won the prize in 2014. The project empowers local communities in southwest Madagascar to protect their marine environment and manage their resources sustainably by integrating holistic community- based health services within local biodiversity conservation initiatives. Semi-nomadic Vezo fishing people face extremely limited access to basic health services, with clinics located up to 50 kilometres from some villages. Blue Ventures’ project addresses this by training female community health workers to offer health services in their villages, supported by a wide-ranging programme of community education. The project coordinates closely with marine conservation and coastal livelihood initiatives engaging women in octopus fisheries management, and sea cucumber farming.
The St Andrews Prize for the Environment is an environmental initiative by the University of St Andrews in Scotland and international exploration and production company ConocoPhillips. Recognising significant contributions to environmental conservation since its launch in 1998, the prize has attracted over 3,000 entries from all over the world on topics as diverse as sustainable development in the Amazon rainforest, urban re-generation, recycling, health and water issues, and renewable energy. The submissions for the prize are assessed by eminent trustees from science, industry, and government.