Nigerian institute wins Sultan Qaboos Prize - Environmental protection has been among the priorities of HM since the start of the Sultanate’s Renaissance - MUSCAT — The Co-ordination Office of Unesco’s Man and Biosphere Programme (MAP) announced a Nigerian forestry institute the winner of the Sultan Qaboos Prize for Environment Protection.
The prize, this time won by the Nigerian Institute for Forest Research, reflects the attention accorded by His Majesty the Sultan to the conservation of the environment and its protection against all hazards, said Dr Madeeha bint Ahmed al Shaibaniyah, Minister of Education.
Dr Madeeha pointed out that the Sultan Qaboos Prize for Environment Protection continues to be an ongoing donation by His Majesty to researchers and individuals, groups and institutions contributing to the conservation of the environment in line with the goals and policies of the Unesco. The two-yearly prize was first announced when His Majesty the Sultan visited the Unesco’s premises in 1989 or 22 years ago.
The decision of the Director General of the Unesco to offer the prize to the Nigerian institute was based on the recommendations of the international organisation’s Co-ordination Office. She took the opportunity to express the Unesco’s gratitude to His Majesty the Sultan. She noted that environment protection has been among the priorities of His Majesty the Sultan since the start of the Sultanate’s Renaissance.
The Nigerian Institute for Forest Research, which lies in the city of Ibadan, has 10 centres and four training units affiliated to it in the country. The institute played a major role in the management of biosphere in Nigeria and contributed greatly to combating climate change through research in bio-fuel, the setting up of farms and the introduction of techniques for the production of seeds.
The prize presentation to the Nigerian institute will take place on November 17 in Budapest, Hungary, on the sidelines of an international forum on global sciences at a time the Sultanate will be celebrating the 41st anniversary of the Sultanate’s National Day.
The MAP Office’s recommendations came in the context of the UN General Assembly’s 2011 International Year for Forests. The MAP’s initiative seeks to raise awareness about the importance of management and conservation of forests in the world. — ONA