Blue Planet Prize awarded to Defra’s Chief Scientific Advisor

Professor Bob Watson, Defra’s Chief Scientific Advisor, has been awarded the Blue Planet Prize.

Watson was awarded for his work on providing scientific evidence on ozone depletion and his time as Chair of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change from 1997 to 2002.

The prize, sponsored by the Asahi Glass Foundation in Japan, is awarded each year to two individuals or organisations for outstanding achievements in scientific research and its application, which help to solve global environmental problems.

The prize was also awarded to Dr James Hansen, Director at the Goddard Institute for Space Studies at NASA.

Watson said: "I have been fortunate to have worked with many of the world’s best scientists on issues such as stratospheric ozone depletion, climate change, and more recently biodiversity loss and sustainable agriculture."

"The international scientific programs and assessments in which I have been associated have played a critical role in influencing national and international policies. Chairing and directing these assessments, and then translating the information for decision-makers in government and the private sector, has been an incredible, enjoyable and highly rewarding experience."

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