Singapore’s NParks to receive Unesco-Sultan Qaboos Environmental Preservation Award

October 25, 2017

Unesco director-general Irina Bokova announced on Tuesday that the National Parks Board of Singapore (NParks) has won the Unesco-Sultan Qaboos Environmental Preservation Award, 2017, upon the recommendation of the Jury of the Unesco’s Man and Biosphere Program Secretariat.

The award will be presented to NParks at the World Science Forum to be held in Jordan from November 7-11. The award has been given to NParks for its commitment and diligent work to support environmental preservation. NParks promotes the conservation of biodiversity in urban environments and rare natural areas, improves the environmental conditions of habitats and species and supports the teaching of biodiversity at all levels of education.

NParks manages Singapore’s first World Heritage Site - the Singapore Botanic Gardens, 350 parks and four nature reserves. NParks, in cooperation with the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity, has developed the Singapore City Biodiversity Index, an important self-assessment tool for urban biodiversity conservation efforts.

The Unesco-Sultan Qaboos Prize for Environmental Preservation is a reward for the outstanding contributions of individuals, groups of individuals, institutes, non-governmental organisations or others. Winners have made outstanding contributions to the management and preservation of the environment, consistent with the policies of Unesco and its goals and objectives related to the preservation of it.