WorldAgroforestry scientists share honours of the Nobel Peace Prize

Vanessa Meadu

WorldAgroforestry scientists Rodel Lasco, Lou Verchot and Meine van Noordwijk have been active contributors to the work of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) — the recipient  of the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize along with former US vice-president Al Gore.

The Nobel Prize to the IPCC is a great honour to the three scientists, along with their 2000 colleagues around the world. Their painstaking work over several years, documenting the impact of human activities on the global climate, has been invaluable for shaping the global political agenda.

"It is a great privilege to be part of the IPCC since 1999 with scores of other scientists,” said Dr. Lasco. “The 2007 Nobel Peace Prize award to the IPCC will further enhance focus on climate change. This is especially meaningful for us at ICRAF since agroforestry systems offer a unique opportunity to combine both mitigation and adaptation to climate change. We will highlight this fact in the upcoming Bali meeting of the UNFCCC."

Lou Verchot
Meine van Noordwijk
Rodel Lasco

Dr. Dennis Garrity, Director General of the World Agroforestry Centre said:  “WorldAgroforestry is truly honoured to celebrate the contributions of so many of our scientists and key collaborators to the work that resulted in the recent IPCC report and in a Nobel Peace Prize. Their contributions have also further underscored the role that agroforestry can play in evolving land use systems that enable climate change mitigation and adaptation while benefiting rural smallholder farming households and communities.”

On October 12, 2007, the Nobel Committee awarded the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize to Mr. Al Gore and the IPCC. Their work was jointly recognized for bringing climate change to the forefront of the global agenda, and creating broad-based consensus about the link between human activities and global warming.

"This is an honour that goes to all the scientists and authors who have contributed to the work of the IPCC, which alone has resulted in enormous prestige for this organization and the remarkable effectiveness of the message that it contains," said Mr. Rajendra Pachauri, Chairman of the IPCC.

Several individuals associated with WorldAgroforestry have been members of the IPCC. They include Robert Scholes and Sergio C. Trinidade, past and present members of the Board of Trustees; Pedro Sanchez, former WorldAgroforestry Director General; and Markku Kanninen and Daniel Murdiyarso, key collaborators in the ASB Partnership for the Tropical Forest Margins.

WorldAgroforestry celebrates the enormous recognition the Nobel Prize brings to their work.

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