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Sultan Qaboos Prize for Environmental Preservation

Sultan Qaboos Prize for Environmental Preservation
  • Koïchiro Matsuura (Director-General of UNESCO) and H.E. Yahya Ben Saud Al Sulaimi (Minister of Education, Oman) with the 2009 Laureate.

2009 Prize Laureate – UNESCO’s Sultan Qaboos Prize for Environmental Preservation for 2009 has been awarded to the Autonomous Authority for National Parks (OAPN), which operates under the Spanish Ministry of Environment, Rural and Marine Areas.

According to the Bureau of the International Coordinating Council of UNESCO’s Man and the Biosphere (MAB) Programme, which acts as jury for the Prize, OAPN is a model for biosphere reserve management. It works to conserve Spain’s natural heritage through efforts to save endangered species and their habitats, eliminate non-native species, restore degraded areas and monitor air and water quality, in addition to supporting environmental education and training. OAPN has also helped countries in Ibero-America and the Caribbean, in Northwest Africa and in South-East Asia identify and fund subregional strategies for protecting biodiversity in biosphere reserves through South–South cooperation, technology transfer and training.

OAPN received the Prize diploma and a US$30,000 Prize cheque from the Director-General of UNESCO and the H.E. Yahya Ben Saud Al Sulaimi, Minister of Education, Oman, on 5 November 2009 at the World Science Forum, Budapest (Hungary).

Organized by Oman, a scientific seminar was held on 7 November 2009 in Budapest to mark the 20th anniversary of the Sultan Qaboos Prize for Environmental Preservation at which OAPN, the 10th winner of the Prize, together with several previous Prize winners were present.

OAPN has decided to dedicate the Prize funds of USD 30,000 to a biosphere school called "Escuela de la Biosfera de Eticoga", located in the Bijagos Biosphere Reserve (Guinea Bissau). It will be the first school receiving funding within a new OAPN project on environmental education to create 5 schools for the biosphere in Africa, Iberoamerica and the Caribbean. The objective of this initiative is to promote environmental education of young children and populations living in Biosphere Reserve in the framework of sustainable development and biodiversity conservation.

More about the Sultan Qaboos Prize for Environmental Preservation

This prestigious Prize has been made possible through a generous donation to UNESCO by His Majesty Sultan Qaboos Bin Said Al-Said, Oman. The objective of the Prize is to afford recognition to outstanding contributions by individuals, groups of individuals, institutes or organizations in the management or preservation of the environment, consistent with the policies, aims and objectives of UNESCO, and in relation to the Organization's programmes in this field. The Prize, which is provided on a biennual basis, consists of a diploma together with a financial reward.

Nominations for the Prize

Nominations for the Prize can only be made by UNESCO Members States and by International Organizations or by Non-Governmental Organizations which have consultative status with UNESCO, each of which may make only one nomination in any biennium. Individuals or universities, as well as organization which do not have consultative status with UNESCO, can therefore not submit nominations.

Nomination forms for the 2011 Prize will be made available in early 2011.

- Complete list of Prize laureats
- Prize statutes (English/ French)
- Financial regulations for the Prize (English/French)

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