Kerstin Forsberg, Founder and Director of the non-profit Planeta Océano, based in Peru, was recently awarded with the prestigious Rolex Award for Enterprise at the iconic Dolby Theater in Los Angeles, USA, home of the Academy Awards. The Rolex Awards for Enterprise recognize individuals with a unique spirit of enterprise that seek to improve lives or protect the world’s natural and cultural heritage.
As part of the 40th Anniversary of these Awards, an international eminent jury of experts selected 5 Rolex Laureates and 5 Young Laureates, from among 2,322 applicants representing 144 nationalities. Laureates each received 100,000 Swiss Francs to advance their projects, a Rolex chronometer and access to the Rolex Awards for Enterprise Network as well as media publicity. Forsberg received her award from renowned oceanographer, Dr. Sylvia Earle, who mentioned “I’m delighted to be here to honor a woman who shares the same unique passion that I do for marine life”. Kerstin was acknowledged for her pioneering efforts to engage coastal communities in Peru to protect Giant Manta Rays.
Through her organization, Planeta Océano, she engages coastal communities in marine conservation since 2007, through research, education and community development initiatives. These efforts have included the formation of a ‘Marine Educator’s Network’ in Peru, strengthening youth leadership in coastal communities, and promoting game-based education for ESD, among others.
Planeta Océano is a UNESCO GAP Partner Networks 3 member.