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Thursday, February 09, 2006

Emil Salim, Indonesian environmentalist wins world prize

JAKARTA, Feb. 9 (Xinhuanet) -- Indonesia's first environment minister, senior economist Emil Salim, has been named the winner of the 100,000 U.S. dollars Zayed International Prize for the Environment for his role in promoting conservation, reports said Thursday.

He shared the award with Angela Cropper, the president of the environmental Cropper Foundation of Trinidad and Tobago. They each received a 100,000 U.S. dollars cash prize, said daily The Jakarta Post.

Emil won the award's third category of Environmental Action Leading to Positive Change in Society.

The organizers said he received the award for his many years of high-level work in environmental organizations, including the United Nations Environment Program and the World Bank.

The prizes were presented during the Ninth Special Session of the UNEP Global Ministerial Environment Forum in Dubai, which runs from Tuesday to Thursday this week

The Jakarta Post

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