The purpose of the UNESCO Sultan Qaboos Prize for Environment 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 2013, the financial Prize reward is USD 70,000, a donation graciously made by His Majesty Sultan Qaboos Bin Said of Oman.
The deadline for submitting nominations for the 2013 Prize is 10 September 2013.
The Prize will be awarded for the 12th time at a ceremony that will take place during the World Science Forum in Rio de Janeiro (Brazil), from 24 to 27 November 2013.