Since 1990, the Baltic Sea Fund, Östersjöfonden, has announced an annual winner for the Baltic Sea Fund Prize, given to a person or organisation for significant and outstanding work for the Baltic Sea environment.
Past laureates include e.g. BNI Senior Adviser Prof. Fredrik Wulff, former Secretary General of HELCOM Anne Christine Brusendorff, former journalist Isabella Lövin and the Institut für Ostseeforschung Warnemünde (IOW).
This year, the three finalist are Jacob Carstensen from Aarhus University in Denmark, Anna Petersson from Swedish Transport Agency and Swedish journalist Folke Rydén from Sweden.
The delegation of the Fund will announce the final prize winner later this spring. The prize of 20 000 Euros will be handed out at the prize ceremony on May 13th in Mariehamn.
Building bridges and improving understanding
Professor Jacob Carstensen from Aarhus University and Baltic Nest Institute Denmark, is nominated for his importance acting as a bridge builder between environmantel sciences and management and for improving the understanding of the marine ecosystem in general and the Baltic Sea ecosystem in particular.
Prof. Carstensen has acted as an adviser both at an international level through the Helsinki Commission, HELCOM, and national level for several Scandinavian authorities.