Esteemed environmental economist and UN Environment Programme (UNEP) Goodwill Ambassador Pavan Sukhdev has won this year’s prestigious Tyler Prize for Environmental Achievement for his work on bringing the economic consequences of environmental degradation and loss to the attention of corporate and political decision-makers.

Sukhdev’s groundbreaking 2008 report The Economics of Environment and Biodiversity (TEEB) is hosted by UNEP and became the foundation for the Green Economy movement. In 2009, UNEP appointed Sukhdev to lead the Green Economy Initiative, which demonstrates that the greening of economies can drive economic growth, provide a source of employment and alleviate poverty.

“His work, particularly with UNEP’s TEEB and the Green Economy Initiative has led to extraordinary improvements in our understanding of the economics of ecosystems and biodiversity,” said Julia Marton-Lefèvre, Tyler Prize Chair.

The Tyler Prize for Environmental Achievement is one of the oldest international environmental awards, recognizing individuals who have contributed in an outstanding manner to the scientific knowledge and public leadership to preserve and enhance the global environment.

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