Monday, May 25 2015
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.
Contributions have to 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 made by His Majesty Sultan Qaboos Bin Said of Oman.
This initiative is part of the Man and the Biosphere Programme (MAB), which develops the basis within the natural and social sciences for the rational and sustainable use and conservation of the resources of the biosphere and for the improvement of the overall relationship between people and their environment.
How to apply
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.
However other interested NGOs, as well as research institutions, universities and individuals, are not eligible to make nominations directly to UNESCO. Therefore, such bodies and individuals are invited to propose their candidate to their country National Commission for UNESCO, which may or may not select it as its formal candidature.
Candidatures should be prepared in English or French.
The deadline for submitting nominations for the 2015 Prize is 15 June 2015.
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