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Baltic Sea Fund Award to Anne Christine Brusendorff
Former HELCOM Executive Secretary Anne Christine Brusendorff, “an influential initiator who has increased the protection of the unique marine environment of the Baltic Sea”, has won the Baltic Sea Fund award.
The press release from the Baltic Sea Fund (Östersjöfonden) released on 13 February 2012 informs that the Secretary General Anne Christine Brusendorff from Copenhagen, Denmark, has been awarded with 12,000 € for her active years as the highest responsible official of HELCOM Secretariat. The Baltic Sea Fund awards significant environmental efforts in the region and on the Åland Islands.
The reasons behind this choice include her successfully planning and implementing an increase of protection efforts for the unique Baltic Sea marine environment, by being an influential initiator in preparing the Baltic Sea Action Plan (BSAP). The plan is described to present the complexity of the environmental issues, yet being approved as a strategy model for practical environmental tasks by all Baltic Sea states.
”I just did my duties which I was only able to due to the fact that I had good colleagues in the Secretariat, experts from countries and stakeholders who all gave quite a bit more input to the work that what could normally be expected for them – so it is a prize for all of us,” Ms. Brusendorff says.
The prize was awarded to Brusendorff also because her efforts have been essential for the implementation of the Baltic Sea Action Plan. She continues her highly successful career in marine environment protection and has recently started in the highest position of the International Council for the Exploration of the Sea (ICES).
“Such prizes have a high value in so far as they raise the awareness and importance of the work related to the protection of the marine environment – and the sustainable use of its resources; and that in this spirit the HELCOM and ICES Secretariats’ will also be thinking how to best use the award,” she states.
The prize-winners were announced in Mariehamn, Åland. Along with Ms. Brusendorff, Master of Science Lars Eklund of Stockholm, Sweden won 12 000 € and Ålands Centralandelslag (ÅCA), a dairy in Jomala, Åland was awarded with 3,000 €. The solemn prize ceremony will take place on 12 May.