The UNESCO Sultan Qaboos Prize for Environmental Conservation is a biennial award “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”.
Candidates must have made an outstanding contribution in one of the following fields:
- Environmental and natural resources research;
- Environmental education and trainin;
- Creation of environmental awarness through the preparation of environmental information materials;
- Establishment and management of protected areas, such as biosphere reserves and natural World Heritage site
This prestigious Prize has been made possible through a generous donation to UNESCO by His Majesty Sultan Qaboos Bin Said Al-Said of Oman in 1989.
Awards:- Initiated in 1989 as the ‘the UNESCO Sultan Qaboos Prize for Environmental Preservation’, it is awarded since 1991 every second year for outstanding contributions by individuals, groups of individuals, institutes or organizations in the field of the environment. It consists of a diploma and a financial reward of US$100,000 and it is awarded during the World Science Forum(link is external). In-line with a decision of the UNESCO Executive Board, the title of the Prize is since 2019 slightly modified to read ‘The UNESCO Sultan Qaboos Prize for Environmental Conservation’ to better reflect its interdisciplinary nature.