Madhav Gadgil wins Tyler Prize

Ecologist Madhav Gadgil has been chosen for the prestigious Tyler Prize for Environmental Achievement for 2015.

  • Gadgil will share the $200,000 cash prize with American marine ecologist Jane Lubchenco for their work in changing policy and especially for their leadership and engagement in the development of conservation and sustainability policies in the United States, India and internationally.
  • Gadgil was chairman of the Western Ghats Ecology Expert Panel (WGEEP). Dr. Gadgil’s report on the preservation of the unique ecosystem of the Western Ghats was specially cited as the reason for the honour, besides his contributions to the crafting of the National Biodiversity Act, 2002.

About the Prize:

  • The Tyler Prize for Environmental Achievement is an award for environmental science, environmental health, and energy.
  • Tyler Laureates receive a $200,000 annual prize and a gold medallion. The prize is administered by the University of Southern California and was established by John and Alice Tyler in 1973.

Sources: The Hindu.

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