The award was presented by H E Dr Madeeha bint Ahmed al Shaibaniyah, Minister of Education and chairperson of the Oman National Commission for Education, Culture and Science, stated a press release.
The award was given at the World Science Forum ‘Science for Peace’ in Jordan. Congratulating the winner, H E Dr Madeeha said, “The National Parks Board of Singapore was named by the Director-General of Unesco, Irina Bokova, as the laureate of the 2017 Unesco Sultan Qaboos Prize for Environmental Preservation.
“The award is in recognition of its significant contribution to environmental preservation. In addition, it is promoting biodiversity in highly urbanised environments through the restoration of habitats and species, and for supporting the incorporation of biodiversity into all levels of the education system, as well as managing the World Heritage site of the Singapore Botanical Gardens alongside 350 other parks and four natural reserves.
In a speech delivered at the forum, she said, “This year the World Science Forum, ‘Science for Peace’ addresses major global issues related to energy, water, food security, climate change and other environmental and scientific aspects of sustainability.
“Thereby, highlighting the necessity of harnessing the potential of science and knowledge to enhance the role of young people in scientific innovation and entrepreneurship. Additionally, it enhances cooperation between our countries to achieve the UN 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, in order to build stronger societies, capable of providing a decent life for all.”