Polish and South African institutions awarded with 2013 UNESCO Sultan Qaboos Prize for Environmental Preservation
The State Forests National Forest Holding of Poland and South Africa’s Endangered Wildlife Trust were recognized during the opening of the World Science Forum on 24 November in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, with the UNESCO Sultan Qaboos Prize for Environmental Preservation. Delivered by the government of Oman in partnership with UNESCO the Prize consists of a certificate and $70,000.
The State Forests National Forest Holding of Poland manages more than 75 per cent of the country’s forests. The holding plays a major role in ensuring the sustainable management of forests while raising public awareness of environmental concerns and the need for ecological conservation. Most of the forests situated in Poland’s ten biosphere reserves are managed by the holding.
The Endangered Wildlife Trust of South Africa develops and implements innovative environmental protection projects. In close cooperation with local communities, the trust works for the preservation of ecosystems and endangered species through research, environmental education, training and awareness-raising.