The Republic of Palau has been announced as the winner of the Future Policy Award 2012. Palau receives the Award in recognition of two outstanding marine policies, Palau’s Protected Areas Network Act, initiated in 2003, and its Shark Haven Act from 2009. The two Silver Awards will be given to the Philippines for the Tubbataha Reefs Natural Park Act (2010) and to Namibia for its Marine Resources Act (2000). According to the international jury the three winning policies contribute most effectively to the sustainable management of the world’s oceans and coasts for the benefit of current and future generations. The awards ceremony on 16 October will take place at the eleventh meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity in Hyderabad, India.