Apr 21, 2009
Congratulations to Syeda Rizwana Hasan, chief executive of Friends of the Earth Bangladesh/BELA, who has been awarded the prestigious Goldman Environmental Prize 2009 for the Asia region, recognising her public interest work in the conservation of the environment.
As Bangladesh's leading environmental attorney, Rizwana's legal advocacy for tighter regulations for the country's environmentally devastating ship-breaking industry in particular, makes her one of six winners of the world's largest prize for environmentalists this year.
Rizwana, who is also a member of the Friends of the Earth International Executive Committee, collected the award last night (April 20) at a ceremony in San Francisco and will be honoured on Earth Day (April 22) at a smaller ceremony in Washington D.C.
The Goldman Environmental Prize was established in 1989 by San Francisco civic leader and philanthropist Richard N. Goldman and his late wife, Rhoda H. Goldman. It has been awarded to 133 people from 75 countries.
Prize winners are selected by an international jury from confidential nominations submitted by a worldwide network of environmental organizations and individuals.
- Watch a video of Rizwana's work
- Learn more about 2009 Goldman Environmental Prize winners from other regions
- Find out more about Friends of the Earth Bangladesh/BELA