This year's Nordic Council's Nature and Environment Prize will be contested without a single nominee from Norway in the running.
The 35,000 Danish kroner prize, which is awarded on Wednesday, goes to a Nordic municipality or organization that excels in environment issues. Norway is the only Nordic country not represented on the prize's nomination list.
Jury member Heidi Grande Røys said to NTB: “Of the candidates that we evaluated, other municipalities more than the Norwegian ones had a wider commitment to energy and climate measures.”
Tore Killingland is the only Norwegian representative in the committee who picked out the 13 nominated municipalities.
Stavanger and Hammerfest were two candidates from Norway , but they didn't make it to the final list. Four municipalities from Iceland, on the other hand, made it, as well as three municipalities from Denmark, two from Sweden, two from Finland, one from Greenland, and one from the Faeroe Islands.
Grande Røys said: “We wanted to draw attention to municipalities having projects that could be an example for others.”
On the list that the jury members voted for, there were 32 municipalities in total. Grande Røys would not state which municipalities she and Killingland voted for, since the decisions of the jury are secret.
The Nature and Environment prizes are awarded in Stockholm on Wednesday at the same time as the Nordic Council Culture prizes.
The Culture prizes have a different way of nominating candidates. Candidates are nominated for these awards from each of the five Nordic countries - for some of the prizes also from the autonomously governed areas of Greenland, Faeroe Islands and Åland.
The Nature and Environment Prize has been awarded since 1995 to strengthen awareness of nature and environment efforts among the Nordic countries. Norwegian prize winners from the past include Arne Næss, Bellona og biologist and scientist Ann-Cecilie Norderhaug.
The prize of 350,000 Danish kroner has been awarded since 1995. Last year Danish Selina Juul won for her “Stop Spild Af Mad” (“Stop Wasting Food”) movement.
The full list of nominess for the 2014 Nature and Environment Prize:
- The local society Gjógv (Faeroe Islands)
- Gladsaxe municipality (Denmark)
- Hallstahammars municipality (Sweden)
- Iin Kunta / Ijo municipality (Finland)
- Jyväskylä city (Finland)
- Lejre municipality (Denmark)
- Middelfart municipality (Denmark)
- Reykjavik municipality (Iceland)
- Saligaatsoq - Avatangiiserik project (Greenland)
- The Skaftholt farm in Skeiða- and Gnúpverjahreppur municipality (Iceland)
- Snæfellsnes, cooperation of five municipalities (Iceland)
- Sólheimar institution (Iceland)
- Växjö municipality (Sweden)