Dr. David Satterthwaite, who has pioneered major studies on urban poverty and written extensively for UN-HABITAT publications, was named one of four winners on Thursday of a major environment prize.
He shared the Volvo Environment Prize 2004 with Mr. Jaime Lerner, as well as Dr. Luisa and Dr. Mario Molina. They were honoured for helping find measures to counter the environmental problems resulting from rising urbanization, particularly in developing countries.
Dr. Satterthwaite, a principal author of UN-HABITAT’s 2003 report, Water and Sanitation in the World’s Cities, was cited “for his trailblazing analyses of human settlements in developing countries, for clarifying the complex dynamic interactions of these problems, and for helping to create a solid foundation for effective policy and management responses to these problems”. For the past 25 years he has studied the human living environment. His pioneering work has helped us understand how society can cope with the water supply, health and living issues, the problems of poverty and in making cities more sustainable living environments.
This is the fifteenth year in which the Volvo Environment Prize is being awarded to internationally renowned experts and researchers. The prize worth 1.5 million Swedish krona (214,000 dollars), was established in 1989 to support and recognize environmental research and development.