Prof. NIU Wenyuan, a researcher with the CAS Institute of Policy and Management, has received the 2007 International Saint Francis Prize for the Environment. The other individual winning this year’s prize is former Italian President Carlo Azeglio Ciampi.
Prof. Niu has been founder of Chinese environmental monitoring and warning system and responsible for China’s national sustainable development strategy program since 1988, according to the award jury. “He has created theoretical systems of Chinese sustainable development, designated sustainable development strategic frameworks and discovered basic regulations of development behavior.”
Initiated in 1993, the International Saint Francis Prize for the Environment was promoted by the Franciscan Centre of Environmental Studies in Rome and under the patronage of the President and Prime Minister of Italy as well as the European Union Commissioner for the Environment. It is designed to award to persons or institutions that have made an outstanding contribution to the improvement, protection or conservation of the environment, with particular emphasis on multidisciplinary activities.
At the invitation of the Chair of the Prize Jury Gian Tommaso Scarascia Mugnozza, who is also president of the Italian National Academy of Sciences, Prof. Niu was present at the awarding ceremony held in mid-September in Rome.