Carl Folke awarded the Prince Albert I Grand Medal 2021
Praised for his pioneering work in resilience thinking and sustainability of the ocean
Centre founder and current chair of the board Carl Folke has been awarded the 2021 Prince Albert I Grand Medal for his “service to the ocean”.
In their motivation, the Oceanographic Institute of Monaco describes Folke as "a pioneer in integrative science for sustainability", fostering a new generation of sustainability science researchers internationally and in Sweden.
Since the mid-1980s he has broken new ground in analysing and understanding the dynamic interplay of humans and nature, of economy and ecology, from management and stewardship of ecosystem services in the ocean to global sustainability.
His research illustrates how progress, prosperity and wellbeing will benefit from reconnecting development to the biosphere.
Oceanographic Institute award motivation.
In addition to Folke, Enric Sala won the 2021 Mediation medal for his efforts to “make the voice of the Ocean heard loud and clear.” Sala is a former university professor who saw himself writing the obituary of ocean life, and quit academia to become a full-time conservationist as a National Geographic Explorer-in-Residence.
The Prince Albert I Grand Medal is the most prestigious prize awarded by the Oceanographic Institute. Every year it rewards prominent international names of the marine world, on both the scientific and mediation levels. The prize takes the form of a medal in gilded bronze bearing the embossed profile of Prince Albert I of Monaco, a pioneer of modern oceanography and founder of the Institute.
As the 2020 ceremony was cancelled because of the Covid-19 pandemic, the 2020 and 2021 winners received their awards together on Monday 22 November in Paris.
Research news | 2022-05-16
The effects of less, but better meat production
Study captures the real-world experiences and effects of a farm’s journey towards sustainability
Research news | 2022-05-14
Our engagements during Stockholm +50
When and where to find us during the international environmental meeting in Stockholm 2-3 June
Research news | 2022-05-10
Centre joins SEK 45 million landscape programme
LAND-PATHS programme will engage with ordinary citizens to develop more sustainable and integrated decision-making processes
Research news | 2022-05-09
Three ways games can break sustainability deadlocks
Played by the right people, strategy games can break free from established norms and support more transparent democratic dialogues
Research news | 2022-05-04
What will it take to save the human ocean?
Seminar on ocean sustainability highlights importance of urgent and collaborative stewardship of the big blue
Research news | 2022-05-02
Why seafood certification is still not big in Japan
New study investigates the barriers and bridges to sustainability certifications on the Japanese seafood market