The Zayed International Prize for the Environment
Sheikh Mohammed established the Zayed International Prize for the Environment in 1999 in recognition of and appreciation for the environmental achievements of the UAE's first President, His Highness Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan.
The prize, now widely considered the most significant environmental award in the world, is presented biennially to individuals or organisations that have contributed to the improvement of the environment.
Sheikh Mohammed presenting an environmental award to the Korean President
The awards are open to anyone whose achievements have improved the environment, particularly in the following areas:
Protecting fresh water supplies and applying integrated concepts for developing, managing and utilising water resources
The conservation and development of biological diversity and wildlife
Protecting the marine environment, developing its biological resources and adopting integrated coastal zone management
Enhancing sustainable rural development
Enhancing sustainable development of industry and energy sectors, and controlling resultant pollution
Transferring and introducing environmentally sound technologies into the production and use of resources
Raising awareness through environmental education and community participation
Promoting regional and international cooperation in sustainable development
Enhancing the role of women in the development of the environment
Nominations can be made to the Higher Committee of the Prize and are assessed by this committee in conjunction with the United Nations and the International Jury of the Prize. The Prize may be awarded to more than one individual or organisation.
In the inaugural cycle of the Prize (1999-2001) the Jury divided the Prize into three categories:
For eminent international figures with a record of outstanding international achievements who have had a significant impact on international environmental policy.
For individuals or organisations who have made significant scientific progress in the field of the environment.
For non-government organisations or civil society organisations who have demonstrated long-term dedication or innovative approaches that have resulted in a significant improvement in attitude or performance in terms of the environment in their respective sectors or in society generally
The Prize is presented at a biennial ceremony held to coincide with the activities of the UAE National Environment Day on February 4th.
Winners receive the Zayed International Prize for the Environment medals and certificates of appreciation and prize money as follows:
Category 1 winner - US $500,000
Category 2 winner - US $300,000
Category 3 winner - US $200,000
On March 14, 2011 the Zayed International Prize for the Environment Awards were distributed by Sheikh Mohammed during a ceremony at Dubai International Convention Center.
Sheikh Mohammed in a group photo with the award winners
Zayed Prize for Global Leadership in Environment (Category 1 Winner): President Lee Myung-bak of Korea
Zayed Prize for Scientific/Technological Achievements (Category 2 Winners): Sir Partha Dasgupta
Zayed Prize for Environmental Action Leading to Positive Change in Society (Category 3 Winners): Dr Mathis Wackernagel and Prof Najib Saab
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