Professor Kamal Bawa Recognized by UNESCO for Outstanding Conservation Work

Dr. Kamal Bawa, Distinguished Professor of Biology and Senior Fellow at the Center for Governance and Sustainability at the University of Massachusetts Boston, won this year’s Sultan Qaboos Prize for Environmental Conservation administered by UNESCO (the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization) for his work in creating the Ashoka Trust for Research in Ecology and the Environment (ATREE). Since Dr. Bawa founded ATREE twenty years ago, it has emerged as one of the world’s leading environmental think tanks. Announced on 19 November 2019, this UNESCO prize of $100,000 commends conservation and sustainable development activities. UNESCO traces its own history to 1945, when 44 countries gathered in London to create an organization that would embody a genuine culture of peace.” Integrating climate solutions into UNESCO's ongoing mission of peace will be increasingly essential.     According to the Times of India, ATREE’s focuses on providing interdisciplinary education to youths and building "a strong institutional framework to achieve environmental and social goals through research.” This is an environmental plus because environmental problem solving is multigenerational and boosting participation in conservation efforts can enhance process and outcomes, socially and biologically. From discovering a new species, to preserving UNESCO biospheres and reserves, ATREE and Dr. Kamal Bawa have made a global impact from Bengaluru.To learn more about Dr. Kamal Bawa:

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