The UNESCO – Greece has called for nominations for the Melina Mercouri International Prize for the Safeguarding and Management of Cultural Landscapes. Nominations are open, with the deadline for submission 30 April 2019.
The Prize rewards outstanding action to safeguard and enhance the world’s major cultural landscapes, which can contribute significantly to sustainable development and achieve a number of goals set out in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.
The prizewinner, who may be an individual, an institution or a non-governmental organization, will receive a monetary award of 30,000 USD.
The Prize was created in 1995 and named after Melina Mercouri, a distinguished actress and former Minister of Culture of Greece, who was a strong advocate of integrated conservation. It was renewed at the 202nd session of the Executive Board in October 2017 (the last Prize was awarded in 2011). The Prize is awarded every two years to one winner.
The nomination process takes place online through the UNESCO website. The online nominations should be received by UNESCO in English or French by 30 April 2019 at the latest (midnight Paris time, UTC+1).
The Open-Air Art Museum at Pedvale, Latvia (winner in 1999) © Ojars Arvids Feldbergs