Igu laureat d`Honneur 2008

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IGU Laureat d`Honneur 2008
Prof. M.S. Abulezz , Egypt
Prof. Dr. M.S. Abulezz is one of the most prominent geographers of the Arab World and his services to the communities of geography all over the Arab World have gained him wide fame, esteem and respect.

He encourage and instigate Arab geographers and Arab Geographical Associations in the Arab World to associate themselves with the activities of the IGU, and he also established wide contacts with the IGU and succeeded in incorporating many Arab geographical societies with our Union.

Despite the collapse of the union of Arab geographers 1990, which was founded in 1961 with its seat and head quarters in Cairo, Prof. Dr. M.S. Abulezz's efforts to revive its activities, succeeded in substituting its functions with a periodic biennial meeting of Arab geographers to be held in an Arab Capital during each session (the 1st of these meetings convened in Sanaa in 1998, the 2nd in Cairo 2000, the 3rd in Riyadh in 2003, the 4th in Rabat in 2006 and the 5th is scheduled to be held in Kuwait during the fall of 2008). Such coordination shows explicitly to what extend the Meetings of Arab Geographers have become incorporated with ongoing IGU activities.

Prof. Dr. M.S. Abulezz spared no efforts in participating in the ongoing two prominent projects of the IGU namely : "Mediterranean Renaissance Program" and "Culture and Civilization for Human Development". As regards the first, a regional meeting was held in the premises of the Egyptian Geographical Society with the attendance of many participants from several Mediterranean IGU Committees and representatives of the IGU EC and the Home of Geography.

The International activities of Prof. Abulezz are also reflected in his being a member of the advisory board of the United Nation University Program of Human and Social Development and in being the advisor to the Arab delegation to the Euro-Arab Dialogue (from 1973-1979).

Prof. Abulezz is the founder of the geography departments in Cairo University branch in Khartoum, the Arab University of Beirut, Kuwait University, the United Arab Emirates University, in addition to being the external examiner of post-graduate dissertations in a number of Arab Universities.

He is also the editor of many encyclopedias published during the last three decades namely:" the Encyclopedia of the Islamic World (Kuwait)," "The World Encyclopedia of geography (Beirut)," the Encyclopedia of Palestine"," the Reference Book of the Arab World".

He carried out a large number of researches and scientific works relevant to geomorphology, development, political geography and geopolitics pertaining to Egypt and many other parts of the Arab World.

On the light of all the above mentioned academic activities and his painstaking efforts to disseminate the IGU achievements amongst Arab geographers, in addition to his wide scientific experience and expertise, the IGU is proud to confer the Lauréat d'Honneur to Prof. M.S. Abulezz.

Hartwig Haubrich, Germany
Prof. Hartwig Haubrich has made his greatest contribution to the IGU through the preparation of the Charter on Geographical Education.

The 1992 International Charter on Geographical Education was endorsed and proclaimed by the IGU General Assembly in Washington, D.C. The Charter recognizes the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the constitution of UNESCO, and relates these to key questions and concepts that Geography addresses. The Charter notes the contribution of Geography to education, and outlines curriculum content. It deals also with curriculum implementation, research and international co-operation.

The need for the Charter had been recognized by an IGU Executive commission in the 1988 IGU Congress in Sydney. Prof. Haubrich was appointed Chair of the Commission on Geographical Education, and assumed the responsibility for constructing the Charter. He drew on his extensive background in geographical pedagogy. Prof. Haubrich was the driving force behind the Charter development and this document has subsequently been extremely influential in the development of teaching and learning in Geography internationally. It has been the translated into 21 languages. The effectiveness of the Charter is also reflected in the strength of the Commission on Geographical Education which has had a corresponding membership of more than 300 since 1992.

Hartwig retired in 1998, but remains an active member of the Commission on Geographical Education. The idea of addressing the UN Decade of Education for Sustainable Development was strongly supported by Hartwig, and he contributed significantly to a meeting in Lucerne in July 2007. The outcome of this meeting will be the Lucerne Declaration that will be brought to a General Assembly meeting of the IGU Congress in Tunis.

The International Geographical Union formally acknowledges his contribution through the award of Laureat d'honneur.
Hartwig Haubrich: biographical details

26 May, 5.1932

geboren in MarienrachdorfBorn in Marienrachdorf


Abitur am Kaiser-Wilhelm-Gymnasium in MontabaurGraduation at the Kaiser-Wilhelm Gymnasium in Montabaur


Studium an der Katholischen Pädagogischen Akademie in TrierStudied at the Pedagogical Academy in Trier


Erstes LehrerexamenFirst Teacher Exam


Zweites LehrerexamenSecond teacher exam


Lehrtätigkeit an verschiedenen Grund-, Haupt-, Real- und Berufsschulen im ländlichen und städtischen Raum im WesterwaldTeaching in various primary, main, and vocational schools in rural and urban areas in the Westerwald


Studium an der Johannes-Gutenberg-Universität MainzStudied at the Johannes Gutenberg University of Mainz


Promotion in den Fächern Geographie, Geologie und PädagogikDoctorate in the fields of geography, geology and education


Abgeordneter Lehrer im Fach Geographie an der Erziehungswissenschaftliche Hochschule in KoblenzDeputy Geographer in the Department of Education in Science, University of Koblenz


Professor für Geographie und ihre Didaktik an der Pädagogischen Hochschule Freiburg (hier 8 Jahre Leiter der Forschungsstelle)Professor of Geography and Didactics of the Pedagogical University of Freiburg (Eight years Director of the Research Center)

Prof. Gyorgy Enyedi, Hungary

For decades, Prof. Gyorgy Enyedi has been the voice and the face of Hungarian geography in the worldwide community of geographers. This position was built first and foremost on the quality of his own work, but also on his skills at team building. Conversely, because of his untiring efforts at maintaining international academic contacts, he has brought many colleagues from abroad in contact with their Hungarian counterparts and this cross-pollination has born rich fruit. During his long and distinguished career, he thus made a major contribution to the international standing of Hungarian geography.

He built contacts with many groups across the world. He used his positions in Hungarian academe very effectively to disseminate knowledge and insights at a worldwide scale. But also at the individual level, directly and indirectly, he has stimulated many people to make, maintain and expand contacts and to share its benefits with others. Both as a person and as a mentor, he has similarly touched the professional lives of numerous colleagues across the world of geography.

 György Enyedi has played a major role in the long-term development of regional science. In the second part of the XX. Century due to the rapid development of integrative spatial sciences, regional science became an independent discipline - György Enyedi is a decisive figure in this process.

  • Vice-President of the International Geographical Union (1984-1992)

  • President of the Hungarian committee of UNESCO (1998-2002)

  • Chief redactor of the periodic "Hungarian Science". He was visiting scholar in various leading US and French universities and has spent altogether seven years lecturing in different countries.

  • He is an honorary member of seven foreign geographical societies, member of the Academia Europaea in London and member of the editorial board of several international journals; he is the recipient of several Hungarian and international awards and honors.

The proposed honor will provide the deserved recognition of the numerous important contributions of this giant to our discipline.

Prof. Leszek Antoni Kosinski, Poland

Professor Kosinski is one of the world’s most influential population geographers and, more generally, social science leaders. His contributions to the literature on population processes, distributions and development have been both prolific and highly influential. He has published over 30 books as an author and/or editor, and has made wide-ranging contributions to both profession and popular understandings of population issues through journal articles, reviews and maps.

His contribution to the profession of geography has been enormous, both as a leader in his discipline (as evidenced by his election to Fellowship of the Royal Society of Canada), as well as his discipline’s major international union (a member of an IGU Commission since 1967, Chair of a commission for almost decade, and Secretary-General and Treasurer of the IGU for 8 years). He has also led the International Social Science Council as Secretary-General for almost a decade, and made important contributions to the activities of the International Union for the Scientific Study of Population and the International Human Dimensions Programme.

Professor Kosinski merits the award of Laureat d’honneur on the grounds of an outstanding contribution to leadership in the discipline of geography, in the Academy, in the Canadian national context, in the IGU and in other international organizations where population geography intersects with demography and other social sciences (IUSSP, ISSC, IHDP).

Leszek Kosinski giving the thanking speech on behalf on the new Laureat (in the foreground: Hartwig Haubrich, Vladimir Kotlyakov, Herman Verstappen)
Prof. Dr. Herman Th. Verstappen, The Netherlands
Dr. Verstappen has made a tremendous, extra-ordinary contribution to Geography, as a science and as an institution, both in very substantive and practical ways.

He has contributed in very concrete ways to the capacity development in the young Geography Faculty of the first university established by the government of Indonesia, just after independence. The contribution of ‘Pa’ Verstappen to the development of geography all over Indonesia has been crucial and successful. Herman Verstappen is still remembered and appreciated by his many (former) students.

He was elected in Paris in 1984 to the Executive Committee of the IGU. He lead the organization of the IGC on "Land, Sea and the Human Effort' in TheHague (1996). It was particularly challenging, at the request of the Executive Committee, to work out a different format for the IGC's. The efforts Prof. Verstappen made to strengthen and renew the IGU and to ensure the success of the IGC in The Hague have left a great impression on all who have met him and worked with him in those years. His sense of direction and the pleasant and effective ways in which he relates to people were crucial to ensure success.

Prof. Verstappen made substantial contributions to the development of geomorphology

and its applications to further development, in particular in Southeast Asia and in Latin America.

In the context of the UN Year on Deserts and Desertification Herman Verstappen displayed a wide range of high quality activities, particularly in the study of dry lands, of natural hazards and disaster mitigation. These are all topics, crucial to the sustainable future of humankind and his early contributions are most appreciated. These

issues are now, very much at the heart of the efforts to mitigate climate change and reduce its impacts.

The contributions Herman Verstappen has made to Geography do qualify him, indeed, as an excellent candidate to receive the IGU Laureat d'Honneur.

Vladimir Kotlyakov, Russia
Vladimir M. Kotlyakov is a world-leading specialist in the field of geography and glaciology. Among his main achievements are the following: substantiation of the laws of Antarctic Ice Sheet existence and ice cover in general (1961), the determination of the ice cover of the Earth and its changes in space and time (1968), the formation of the content of space glaciology (1973), the application of isotope and geochemical methods to the study of ice and its evolution (1982), the interpretation of the ice core studies from the deep drilling at the Vostok station in the Antarctica and on this basis the study of the Earth climate for four glacial-interglacial cycles (1980-s), the substantiation of global and regional problems of interaction between society and environment in conditions of changing climate (1990-s), the analyzing and development of geographic terminology (2006).

V.M. Kotlyakov developed the conception of systematic glaciological mapping, realized in the World Atlas of Snow and Ice Resources (1976-1997 – the editor-in-chief), he suggested the approaches to the study of nival-glacial hazards and principles of glacial forecast (1980-s).

In 1983-87 V.M. Kotlyakov was elected vice-president of the International Association of Hydrological Sciences, and in 1987-91 – the President of the International Commission of Snow and Ice, in 1987-93 he was the member of the Special, and later Scientific Committee of the International Geosphere-Biosphere Programme, in 1990-94 – the member of the Steering Committee of the Human Dimensions of Global Environmental Change Programme, in 1988-96 – the vice-president of the International Geographical Union. In 1990s he have been a member of the Earth Council leaded by Maurice Strong.

V.M. Kotlyakov is elected a member of the Academia Europea, a honorary member of the American, Mexican, Italian, Georgia, and Estonian Geographical Societies, foreign member of the French and Georgia Academies of Sciences. In 1989-91 he was elected the People’s Deputy of the USSR and was the vice-chairman of the Parliament Committee on Ecology.

V.M. Kotlyakov is a member of the Russian Academy of Sciences (from 1991), director of the Institute of Geography, Russian Academy of Sciences. He is the Honorary President of the Russian Geographical Society (elected in 2000).

V.M. Kotlyakov is a laureate of the State Prize of Russia for 2001, Russian Independent Prize “Triumph” (2004), receipt of Great Gold Medal of the Russian Geographical Society (2004) and other medals of RGO: Litke Gold Medal (1985) and Przhevalsky Gold Medal (1996), as well as L.S. Berg Gold Medal of Russian Academy of Sciences (2005).

V.M. Kotlyakov is the author of many scientific articles, more than 100 of them were published in English, French, Spanish, Czech and Polish languages; his is also the author of 30 scientific monographs, the majority of them were written personally.

For his outstanding contributions to Geography, the IGU proudly confers the Laureat d`honneur to Prof. V.M. Kotlyakov.
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