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BBVA Foundation Awards for Biodiversity Conservation
Date:7/7/2008

  • Francisco Gonzlez, president of the BBVA Foundation: "One of the biggest challenges facing humanity is to halt the destruction of the environment and, especially, of biodiversity. This is a task that must be urgently addressed and in which we must all play our part. At BBVA, we believe it is our duty to do all we can for the sustainability of the natural resource base"

  • United States researchers Harold Mooney and Peter Raven, regarded as the architects of the modern science of Biodiversity, share the 500,000 euro prize in the category of Scientific Research in Ecology and Conservation Biology

  • According to both scientists 60% of the services that ecosystems perform have suffered some impairment, including fresh water, fisheries, air purification, the regulation of regional and local climate or protection against natural disasters and epidemics

  • The BBVA Foundation Award for Biodiversity Conservation Projects in Latin America, with a cash prize of 250,000 euros, goes to Mexico's Grupo Ecolgico Sierra Gorda, while the winner of the BBVA Foundation Award for Knowledge Dissemination and Communication in Biodiversity Conservation, funded with 80,000 euros, is environmental journalist Benigno Varillas

June 17, 2008.- The Minister of Environment and Rural and Marine Affairs, Elena Espinosa, and BBVA Foundation president Francisco Gonzlez were guests of honor at today's presentation ceremony for the BBVA Foundation Awards for Biodiversity Conservation. The event took place in the Foundation's Madrid headquarters, the Marqus de Salamanca Palace (Madrid Spain).

The president of the BBVA Foundation, Francisco Gonzlez, stressed in this speech that "One of the biggest challenges facing humanity is to halt the destruction of the environment and, especially, of biodiversity. This is a task that must be urgently addressed and in which we must all play our part". "Biodiversity conservation", added Francisco G
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