Alternate Environment, Energy and Climate Change Minister Nikos Sifounakis will be in Hamburg on Nov. 15 and 16 to represent Greece as a formal guest in the award ceremony of the Aristotle Onassis International Prize for the Protection of the Environment 2010.

The prize, which is accompanied by a 250,000-euro monetary award, is bestowed for the first time and will be awarded to the organisation “Friends of the Earth Middle East” (FoEME).

FoEME is an environmental organization in the Middle East within the framework of which Israelis, Palestinians and Jordanians cooperate on the protection and management of water resources.

The prize, launched by the Alexander S. Onassis Public Benefit Foundation, will issue rewards on a biannual basis to individuals or organisations for “outstanding contributions towards protecting and improving the environment, including sustainable use of energy”.