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Jack Dangermond to receive UN top environment award for pioneering geo-spatial technology for conservation and development

18 September 2013

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An environmental scientist and entrepreneur who revolutionised the use of geo-spatial technology for conservation is to receive the 2013 Champions of the Earth Award, the UN's highest environmental accolade.

Jack Dangermond - who founded the Environmental Systems Research Institute (ESRI) with his wife Laura in 1969 - pioneered the use of Geographic Information System (GIS), which enables people to collect, visualise, model and manage geographic data in a way that is quickly understood and easily shared - thus enhancing conservation efforts and natural resources management.

For the last three decades, ESRI has provided scientists and environmental managers with tools to study and model how the environment is responding to natural and man-made factors.

Source: United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP)