Costa Rican Shark Finning Campaign Wins Gothenburg Prize
The Award, recognized as the most prestigious environmental award in Europe, is given to individuals or organizations that develop national or international environmental projects. Each year the selection committee chooses the winners based on a predetermined sustainability theme. For the 11th edition of the Award, the theme was ecosystem and marine species conservation.
The fight against shark finning in Costa Rica and the implementation of international campaigns were two factors that influenced the panel’s decision to award the prize to Arauz and his organization PRETOMA. Randall Arauz is the first Costa Rican and second Latin American to achieve this honor in the city on Gothenburg, Sweden. The achievement is tantamount to the Goldman Environmental Prize, considered to be the Noble Prize for the environment, which he received in April.
North American oceanographer Ken Sherman also received this year’s Award at a ceremony in Lindholmen Science Park in Gothenburg. Along with the Award, both winners will split a 130 thousand dollar cash prize.
Past Gothenburg Award recipients include Al Gore, ex vice president of the United States, and the ex mayor of Bogotá, Colombia, Enrique Peñalosa.