Prestigious international environmental prize awarded to Mexican scientist-statesman

(ReAgency) In the past, Mexico's rainforests suffered extensive logging and were in grave danger.But Mexican ecologist Professor José Sarukhán was able to convince the then-President to build a government department to exclusively track the country's rainforests and protect their biodiversity. The department, CONABIO, became one of the first models of its kind in the world.For this and other contributions – Professor Sarukhán has been chosen as winner of the 44th Tyler Prize for Environmental Achievement.