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Raoul du Toit Represents First Rhino Program at Wildlife Conservation Expo

2011 Goldman Prize recipient Raoul du Toit recently attended the 2013 Wildlife Conservation Expo in San Francisco. While he was in town, du Toit stopped by the Goldman Prize office to visit and update us on his work.

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Congratulations to the 2013 Brower Youth Award Winners

Congratulations to the 14th Annual Brower Youth Award winners: Jonathan Ferrer, Alex Freid, Arielle Klagsbrun, Cassandra Lin, Chloe Maxmin and Amira Odeh.

The award ceremony took place on October 22, 2013, at the Norse Theater in San Francisco. Goldman Prize staff members Lani Alo and Liz Means had the pleasure of attending the energizing and inspiring ceremony.

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Tigris River Flotilla Completes its Historic Journey

2013 Goldman Prize winner Azzam Alwash and his team at the Nature Iraq recently marked the conclusion of the Tigris River Flotilla, a month long event to celebrate the river, raise environmental awareness among riverside communities, and study the river's current hydrological condition.

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Yuyun Ismawati Hosts Event on Women and Mercury at Minamata Conference in Japan

In January 2013, government officials from around the world agreed on the text of the Minamata Convention on Mercury. Last week, the convention was presented for adoption and opened for signature at the Diplomatic Conference for the Minamata Convention on Mercury, in Kumamoto, Japan.

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Fatima Jibrell Connects the Dots between Environmental Degradation and Violence in the Horn of Africa

In the early 1990s, as the civil war and famine broke out in Somalia, Fatima Jibrell was compelled to do something about what was happening to her land and her people. She founded the Horn of Africa Relief and Development Organization (now known as Adeso), and over the next decade, she focused on helping Somalia’s pastoralists, who traditionally relied on grazing their livestock in the country’s sparsely populated rangelands and deserts. These lands were falling victim to rampant deforestation driven by unrestricted charcoal trade.

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Prize Staff Reflections from the 23rd Annual SEJ Conference

Goldman Prize staff member Ryan Mack recently returned from Chattanooga, Tennessee, where he spent several days at the 23rd Annual Society of Environmental Journalists (SEJ) Conference.

The five day conference seeks to improve the quality and accuracy of environmental reporting by fostering collaboration among journalists, government officials and industry experts.

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A Special Announcement from our Board President

Dear friends and colleagues,

On behalf of the board and staff of the Goldman Environmental Foundation, it is my distinct pleasure to announce that David Gordon, a long-time environmental leader with extensive expertise in international grassroots activism, will become our next executive director on November 4, 2013.

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Big Ideas at Spain’s WILD10 Wilderness Congress

Pedro Arrojo-Argudo was awarded the Goldman Prize in 2003 for his water conservation work in Spain. Today, Arrojo continues to advocate for sustainable water management policies that do not rely on damming and diverting, but instead are based on conservation, recycling and smarter agricultural choices.

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Syrian Attack Underscores Importance of Safe Chemical Weapon Disposal

Sarin gas, the chemical agent used in August's deadly attacks in Syria, is one of the chemical weapons stored in Madison County, Kentucky – home of 2006 Goldman Prize recipient Craig Williams, who has dedicated his life to the safe disposal of the United States’ chemical weapons stockpiles.

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Exciting Changes Coming to Hoge Kempen National Park

2008 Goldman Prize recipient Ignace Schops led the effort to establish Hoge Kempen, Belgium’s first and only national park. Raising more than US$90 million by bringing together private industry, regional and European Union (EU) government, local stakeholders, and NGOs, Schops created a new model for land conservation in the EU and beyond.

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