Press Release - Östersjöfonden
The Baltic Sea Fund awards significant environmental efforts in the region and on the Åland Islands
An influential initiator who has increased the protection of the unique marine environment of The Baltic Sea, a project leader with personal and long-term commitment, and an Åland enterprise producing green energy from residues. These three will be awarded with the Baltic Sea Fund Prizes in 2012. The total prize sum is 27,000 €.
The prize-winners were announced today by Åland County Governor Peter Lindbäck at a press conference held in Hotel Arkipelag in Mariehamn.
The solemn prize ceremony will take place on Saturday, the 12th of May, in Alandica Culture & Congress Centre in Mariehamn.
Secretary General Anne Christine Brusendorff from Copenhagen, Denmark, is awarded with 12,000 € for her active years as the highest responsible official of HELCOM Secretariat. In her duties she has successfully planned and implemented an increase of protection efforts for the unique Baltic Sea marine environment. Brusendorff has been an influential initiator in preparing the Baltic Sea Action Plan (BSAP). The plan presents the complexity of the environmental issues, but has yet been approved as a strategy model for practical environmental tasks by all Baltic Sea states. Her efforts have been essential for the implementation of the Action Plan.
Master of Science Lars Eklund of Stockholm, Sweden, is awarded with 12 000 € for his work with environmental issues since the beginning of the 1990s. His personal long-term commitment in numerous co-projects with external financing within the Baltic Sea region has led to cross-border agreements for handling of critical waste water problems. The most important projects include the sewage plants in e.g. Haapsalu, Liepaja, Klaipeda, Kaliningrad and St. Petersburg.
The Åland Award
Ålands Centralandelslag (ÅCA), a dairy in Jomala, Åland is awarded with 3,000 € for the initiative and implementation of a biogas plant at the dairy factory. The residue products such as whey and process waste waters are turned into green energy. This is an important step towards an ecocycle dairy and includes great environmental profits.
For further information, please contact:
Edgar Öhberg, Manager, The Baltic Sea Fund, +358-18-15270, +358-457-3135894