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Protect and restore: Costa Rica wins Earthshot Prize

October 18, 2021

Woman tending to a field of flowers, Costa Rica
Photo credit: Giancarlo Pucci/UNDP Costa Rica

With the unveiling of the inaugural five winners on October 17, 2021, the Government of Costa Rica was honored with the Earthshot Prize, a Nobel-like award founded by the Duke of Cambridge and renowned British naturalist David Attenborough.

Selected in the ‘Protect & Restore Nature’ category, the Prize notes that Costa Rica is helping to 'turn the current pessimism surrounding environmental issues into optimism, by highlighting the ability of human ingenuity to bring about change - and inspire collective action.'

Carlos Manuel Rodriguez, CEO and Chairperson of the Global Environment Facility, was a pioneer in the development of Payment for Ecosystem Services initiatives and strategies for forest restoration, ocean conservation, and de-carbonization during his three-term tenure as Costa Rica's Minister of Environment and Energy.