Malaysian Forest Research Institute and University of International Cooperation
This year’s UNESCO Sultan Qaboos Prize for Environmental Conservation will be awarded to the Forest Research Institute of Malaysia (FRIM), Malaysia and the University for International Cooperation (UCI), Costa Rica, on the recommendation of the international prize jury. The award ceremony will take place at UNESCO Headquarters in Paris, France, on November 17 as part of the celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Man and the Biosphere (MAB) Program during the 41st General Conference of UNESCO.
Malaysian Forest Research Institute (FRIM), Malaysia
In recognition of initiatives to monitor and conserve threatened species of national interest, produce publications such as the Malaysian Plant Red List as part of efforts to monitor the conservation of critically endangered species and document traditional knowledge of indigenous peoples and local communities.
FRIM is one of the world’s leading tropical forest research institutions. It has developed important research activities on biodiversity, management and restoration of forest ecosystems and sustainable forest products, while contributing significantly to the conservation of biodiversity at the national level. FRIM also contributes to the inclusion of environmental education in the curricula and to the training of teachers in Education for Sustainable Development.
University for International Cooperation (UCI), Costa Rica
In recognition of the support for the creation of new biosphere reserves in Latin America such as Sumaco (Ecuador), Cabo de Hornos (Chile) and Agua y Paz (Costa Rica) and the promotion of regeneration practices in biosphere reserves.
The main areas of UIC action are biodiversity conservation, territorial management, local development, farm-to-table food security, regenerative agriculture and livestock, sustainable tourism and management. of projects, in a transversal approach to regenerating ecosystems. Through its Latin American School of Protected Areas (ELAP), the UCI has contributed to capacity building in Latin America and the Caribbean to train managers of protected areas. The UCI also contributes to reversing the effects of climate change and biodiversity loss on ecosystems through its initiatives in the network of regenerative communities.
The jury also recognized the exceptional public awareness and awareness initiatives of both institutions, such as outdoor activities for students and the development of community farms and ecotourism.
Awarded every two years since 1991, the UNESCO Sultan Qaboos Prize for Environmental Conservation was established through a generous donation from Sultan Qaboos Bin Said Al Said of Oman. The winners each receive US $ 50,000, a diploma and a medal.