Whitney R. Harris World Ecology Center
HRH Prince of Wales
The International Center for Tropical Ecology at the University of Missouri-St.
Louis presented the university’s World Ecology Award to Britain’s
Prince Charles. The presentation was made by Jorie Butler Kent, a member
of the center’s advisory board, at a small ceremony in the prince’s
offices in London, England.
HRH The Prince of Wales has been a tireless campaigner for the protection
of the British countryside and its rural way of life. He has promoted
the concept of sustainable development and has focused attention on issues
relating to modern farming methods and the importance of organic agriculture
and other mechanisms that reduce the environmental impacts of food production.
Through his many speeches he has supported the certification of timber
from sustainable sources, the Biodiversity Convention and the need to
protect wildlife and conserve tropical rain forests. He has shown his
deep concern for declining fish stocks and the impact of the fishing industry
on marine birds and used his influence to urge the implementation of sustainable
Prince Charles has supported numerous conservation and environmental organizations
through leadership as either President or Patron. Some of these organizations
include: Atlantic Salmon Trust, Botanic Gardens Conservation International,
British Deer Society, Foundation and Friends of the Royal Botanic Gardens,
Kew, Friends of Conservation, Marine Conservation Society, National Council
for the Conservation of Plants and Gardens, Scottish Wildlife Trust. Through
his Charitable Foundation, he has provided significant financial support
to initiatives pertaining to the environment and the promotion of sustainability.