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The search for candidates for the 2013 Champions of the Earth Award is now open.

The Champions of the Earth Award is the United Nations flagship award for environmental protection. It recognises visionary individuals and outstanding leaders who have proven themselves in many fields such as politics, science, entrepreneurship and civil society action. The 2013 edition has now been launched.

The award aims to reward men and women whose actions and leadership have had a positive impact on environmental management, while encouraging sustainable growth. Whether by encouraging better management of natural resources, promoting new approaches to combating climate change, helping the poorest local communities to develop sustainably, researching new techniques to address environmental issues, or raising public awareness of emerging environmental challenges, the Champions of the Earth Award aims to inspire transformative action around the world.

The Champions Award in 2013 will recognize exemplary individuals in each of the following categories:

1) Political Leadership

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2) Science and Innovation

3) Entrepreneurial vision

4) Inspiration and action

2012 Champions of the Earth Award Winners 

Political leadership: Mongolia's President Tsakhia Elbegdorj for putting the environment at the forefront of national policies in line with his commitments.

Entrepreneurial vision: Fábio C. Barbosa (Brazil) and Dr. Sultan Ahmed Al Jaber (UAE), for their efforts in sustainable development and the promotion of renewable energies and clean technologies.

Inspiration and action: Dr. Bertrand Piccard (Switzerland), for raising public awareness of the potential applications of renewable energies in the transport sector.

Science and innovation: Dr. Sander Van der Leeuw (Netherlands), for his scientific research on humanity's inability to combat climate change with long-term solutions. His research is based on lessons learned from history.

Special Category - Local Initiatives: Samson Parashina (Kenya), for the significant efforts he has undertaken with local communities in his region to conserve the ecosystems of Tsavo and Amboseli National Parks.

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