UNESCO Sultan Qaboos Prize for Environmental Preservation

Mr Adam Wasiak, Director-General of the State Forests National Forest Holding; Ms Irina Bokova, Director-General of UNESCO; H.E. Dr. Madiha Al Shaibani, Minister of Education, Sultanate of Oman; Harriet Davies-Mostert, Head of Conservation Science Endangered Wildlife Trust.

The purpose of the UNESCO Sultan Qaboos Prize for Environmental Preservation 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, i.e. environmental and natural resources research, environmental education and training, creation of environmental awareness through the preparation of environmental information materials and activities aimed at establishing and managing protected areas such as biosphere reserves and natural World Heritage sites.

The Prize is awarded every two years. As of 2015, the financial Prize reward is USD 70,000, a donation graciously made by His Majesty Sultan Qaboos Bin Said of Oman.

Sultan Qaboos Prize 2015

© Fabio A. Kalesnik, Horacio Sirolli and Luciano Iribarren

Irina Bokova, the Director-General of UNESCO, has named Fabio A. Kalesnik, Horacio Sirolli and Luciano Iribarren of the Wetlands Ecology Research Group of the University of Buenos Aires, Argentina, as the laureates of this year’s UNESCO Sultan Qaboos Prize for Environmental Preservation for their outstanding achievements in support of environmental preservation.

Issued every two years, the next Prize will be granted in 2017.


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