Dr. Ragnhild Sollund, an EFFACE partner and professor at the Institute of Criminology and Sociology of Law at the University of Oslo won the Energy Globe Award for Norway in 2015. The work for which she was awarded the prize studies illegal trade in wildlife, its motivations and consequences, and the efficacy of law enforcement in three geographical locations; Norway, Colombia and Brazil. The value and annual growth of illegal wildlife trade, the threat to many species, as well as its connection to organized crime, corruption and conflict in some source countries contributed to the Jury's decision to award Dr. Sollund for her outstanding work on the topic.
Dr. Sollund collects data about the motivations for people to engage in the trade, whether as consumers or traffickers, explores whether laws and the international treaty CITES are the right and adequate measures to preventing illegal wildlife trade or rather serve to legitimate and prolong this crime. She publishes the results from a non-anthropocentric perspective acknowledging the victimization of the innumerous animals that are subject to trade, whether turned into products or alive.
The Energy Globe Award is one of the most prestigious environmental prizes with more than 170 participating countries and 1500 annual submissions. The Award seeks to acclaim outstanding work on environmental topics and submissions cover a wide range of issues ranging from climate change, to resource use, to wildlife crime. The objective of the Award is to present successful sustainable projects to the public.