Future Policy Award 2012

Innovative Policy Solutions

Our Future Policy Award is the first award that celebrates policies rather than people on an international level. In 2012 the question was: How can we save the world’s oceans and coasts? Watch our video and learn more about the inspiring policy solutions that were awarded as the world's best!


Winning Policies

Gold for Palau: WFC Councillor Jan McAlpine; Heather Ketebengang, Palau Conservation Society; Jakob von Uexkull, Founder WFC

Gold Award 2012
Palau – Shark Haven Act, 2009
Palau – Protected Areas Network Act, 2003

 
Silver Award 2012
Namibia – Marine Resources Act, 2000
Philippines – Tubbataha Reefs Natural Park Act, 2010


Honourable Mention

South Africa – Integrated Coastal Management Act, 2008
The State of California – Ocean Protection Act, 2004

 
 

Best policies for the protection of oceans and coasts

Palau Lionfish © Palau Visitors Authority

Humanity depends on the ocean for its survival: oceans provide more than half of the oxygen we breathe. The World Future Council chose oceans and coasts as the topic for the Future Policy Award 2012 to highlight policies that contribute to the sustainable management of the world’s oceans and coastal resources, whilst tackling the loss of marine and coastal biodiversity. Decision-makers have a critical role to play, as poor management of marine environment is the root cause of biodiversity loss and degradation of these vital ecosystems. 2012 was a critical year for ocean and coastal policy: In October, governments from 193 countries convened in Hyderabad, India to agree policy measures on coastal and marine biodiversity at the 11th Conference of Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD COP-11).


Background Information

Thirty-one policies from 22 countries were nominated for the Future Policy Award 2012, six of them had been chosen by the international jury for the short list. We invite you to read more on the award process, the World Future Council and the winning policies in our brochure.

 

 

 

Announcement of the winners

The winning policies were announced during a press conference at the United Nations Headquarters in New York on September 26. Carl Lewis, FAO Goodwill Ambassador; Veerle Vandeweerd, Director, UNDP Environment and Energy Group; Alexandra Wandel, Director, World Future Council and Lila H. Ratsifandrihamanana, Director, FAO Liaison Office with the United Nations, presented the winners.

For further information read our press release.

The Award Ceremony

The winners of the Future Policy Award 2012 were celebrated during a beautiful ceremony on October 16 in Hyderabad, India. In the ceremony the importance of healthy oceans and coasts for the well-being of future generations was stressed by high-profile speakers like Dr. Braulio Ferreira de Souza Dias, Executive Secretary of the Convention on Biological Bioversity (CBD), who delivered the welcome address, Dr. Naoko Ishii, CEO and Chairperson of the Global Environment Facility (GEF) and Jakob von Uexkull, Founder of the World Future Council. Uexkull appealed to the guests to "go out and spread the word that good solutions for the challenges of our time do exist."

The awards ceremony was convened by the World Future Council in partnership with the UN Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), the Global Environment Facility (GEF) and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), and with the support of the Okeanos Foundation at the eleventh meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity.

For further information read our press release.

Photos

Dr. Vithal Rajan, Peter E. Kenmore, Jakob von Uexkuell, Dr. Naoko Ishii, Jan McAlpine, Glenda Simon, Theresa Mundita S. Lim, Marie-Claire Cordonier Segger, Heather Ketebengang, Julia Marton- Lefèvre, Kilus Nguvauva and Alexandra Wandel at the FPA 2012 Award Ceremony in Hyderabad, India
   
Palau wins Gold Award: Jan McAlpine, Director of the United Nations Forum on Forests Secretariat, WFC Councillor; Heather Ketebengang, Go4Biodiv Messenger, Palau Conservation Society; Jakob von Uexkull, Founder and Chair, World Future Council
Namibia wins Silver Award: Marie-Claire Cordonier Segger, Head, Economic Law, IDLO, Director, Center for International Sustainable Development Law and WFC Councillor; Honorable Kilus Nguvauva, Deputy Minister of Fisheries and Marine Resources; Julia Marton-Lefèvre, Director General of IUCN, WFC Councillor
Namibia wins Silver Award: Jakob von Uexkull, Founder and Chair, World Future Council; Honorable Kilus Nguvauva, Deputy Minister of Fisheries and Marine Resources; Alexandra Wandel, Director, World Future Council
The Award Ceremony on 16 October in Hyderabad, India

The Philippines win Silver Award: Dr. Vithal Rajan, Officer of the Order of Canada, WFC Councillor and Author; Theresa Mundita S. Lim, Director of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources of the Philippines; Dr. Naoko Ishii, CEO and Chairperson of the Global Environment Facility
Award Winners of the FPA 2012 with messengers from the International Youth Forum Go4BioDiv

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