Oregon State University Professor of Geosciences Aaron Wolf has just been named this year’s winner of the Monito del Giardino award for his work on international water conflict, specifically in regards to the Arab- Israeli conflict.
The award recognizes those who, over the years, have contributed with commitment and energy to the conservation and preservation of our landscape and, generally, of our environmental heritage. The prize is awarded every two years to whomever is doing important research that produces benefits regarding ecology—the overall harmony between humankind and nature. The previous recipient was Jane Goodall.
This award recognizes Wolf’s work on behalf of a more democratic access to water sources. The value of his work has come to be recognized on the world stage, mediation work in controversies relative to water’s being at the center of the geopolitical scenes that are very delicate, such as that of the Mideast.
“It is a real honor to have this work being recognized by such a prestigious organization,” Wolf said. “It speaks well to the environment in CEOAS and OSU, where work of this deeply interdisciplinary nature is valued and encouraged, and the vast water community works together seamlessly to address the problems facing the state, the US, and the world.”
The prize comes with a check for €15,000 prize “to support up front the projects intended to render water an element of peace in the Arab-Israeli conflict in Palestine” and will be formally awarded in Florence in June 2013.