Future Policy Award 2010

Celebrating the world's best biodiversity policies

Biodiversity, the variety of life, is essential to sustaining the living networks and systems that provide us all with health, wealth, food and the vital services our lives depend on. 2010 marked the International Year of Biodiversity, a celebration of biological diversity and its value for life on Earth. The World Future Council chose the topic of biodiversity for the Future Policy Award 2010 to raise awareness about its acute loss, which is threatening wildlife, the environment and our common future. In the face of the looming biodiversity crisis, policymakers must work urgently towards ambitious and comprehensive biodiversity policies.


Winning Policies

Lesbia Sevilla Estrada, H.E. Mario Silva (Costa Rica) and Marie-Claire Cordonier Segger (WFC)

Winner Future Policy Award 2010
Costa Rica Biodiversity Law 1998 – a milestone of excellence in meeting the goals of the UN Convention on Biodiversity

Winner Future Policy Silver Award 2010
Australian Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Act 1975 and Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999

Honourable Mention
Region of Tuscany – Law No. 64/2004 – Protection and  Promotion of Heritage of Local Breeds and Varieties of Interest to Farming, Animal Husbandry and Forestry


The Right of Mother Earth - A Cinematic Tribute to Costa Rica's Biodiversity Policy

Dutch film-maker Jan van den Berg spent time with an indigenous community in the South of Costa Rica to document the positive effects of the country's award-winning Biodiversity Law. Let his beautiful pictures enchant you.

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Background Information

In the International Year of Biodiversity 2010 the World Future Council presented its Future Policy Award to the Biodiversity Law of Costa Rica. The Future Policy Silver Award was given to the the Australian Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Act jointly with the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act. To learn about the awarded - as well as other exemplary - biodiversity policies download our Brochure Future Policy Award 2010 - Celebrating the World's Best Biodiversity Policies.

The Award Ceremony

Shoichi Kondo, Senior Vice Minister of Environment of Japan

Costa Rica, the 2010 winner of the Future Policy Award, was presented with the award for its outstanding biodiversity policy at a formal ceremony with the participation of ministers, decision-makers, media and donors on October 25, 2010 at the UN Conference on Biological Diversity in Nagoya, Japan. The ceremony was opened by Shoichi Kondo, Senior Vice Minister of Environment of Japan, and Dr. Ahmed Djoghlaf, Executive Secretary of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD). The final report of the award ceremony can be downloaded here.

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