The Co-Chair of Friends of the Earth Russia, Dr. Andrey Laletin, was honoured with the Sandro Urushadze Award today in recognition of his lifelong dedication to the world's forests and the indigenous peoples who populate them.
Andrey Laletin is a founder and president of Friends of the Siberian Forests and a co-founder of the Global Forest Coalition. For more than 30 years he has fought for forest policies that consider the rights of the people who live in and around them on a national, regional and global level. He has also been an effective spokesperson for forest conservation and restoration.
The Sandro Urushadze Memorial Award was established in 2015 by the father of Sandro Urushadze, Professor Tengiz Urushadze, to honour his legacy as a distinguished ecologist, teacher and forest campaigner. This year's award was presented by Gizo Urushadze, Sandro's son. It was awarded at the regional Global Forest Coalition members meeting for Central and North Asia and Central and Eastern Europe, which took place in Tbilisi, Georgia, Sandro's home city and country.
The Global Forest Coalition represents a network of 86 NGO's from 58 different countries whose mission is to defend against deforestation, counter forest biodiversity loss and assist indigenous peoples who call the forest home.
Friends of the Earth Europe is delighted that Andrey Laletin's fantastic work is being recognised.