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The Green Star Awards recognize outstanding individuals or organisations that have made remarkable efforts to prevent, prepare for, and respond to environmental emergencies – as well as to integrate environment with humanitarian action across the world.
Environmental emergencies are disasters (such as industrial accidents, earthquakes, or conflicts) where there is both severe environmental damage as well as harm to human health and/or livelihoods.
The biennial Green Star Awards, first presented in 2009, are a collaborative initiative between the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), Green Cross International (GCI), and the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP).
The 2015 Green Star Awardees were announced in Oslo, Norway on Monday 1st June, 2015.
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The 2015 Green Star Awardees selected by the jury included the three following laureates:
In the ‘Prevention & Preparedness’ category
- Ambatovy (Private company, Madagascar), for effectively preventing environmental emergencies and reducing disaster risk through removal of chemical hazards in Toamasina, Madagascar.
In the ‘Response’ category
- CEDRE – Centre of Documentation, Research and Experimentation on Accidental Water Pollution (Organisation, France), for its deployment of experts and technical advice to field response missions in the Philippines in 2013 and Bangladesh in 2014.
In the ‘Environment and Humanitarian Action’ category
- Women’s Refugee Commission (Organisation, USA), for spearheading and implementing the Safe Access to Fuel and Energy (SAFE) Initiative and producing the first-ever guidance on safe access to energy in humanitarian settings.
For more information, read the GSA factsheet