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The Award is destined to encourage and stimulate interest in joint environmental action in the Islamic world and openness to global experiences in the protection of the environment from an Islamic perspective, while working towards preserving its resources and addressing sustainable development issues in general, through recognizing the merits of the efforts of individuals and institutions concerned with the management of natural resources for the benefit of present and future generations alike.


The Award is dedicated to outstanding works carried out by individuals and public as well as private institutions and organizations operating in the various fields of the environment and sustainable development, in recognition of their substantial contributions to reconciling the environment and socio-economic development through a holistic and integrated approach that advances the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals, in line with the Islamic principles calling for the sustainability of the world’s resources to fulfill Man’s needs, prosperity and lieutenancy on earth.
The Award is also aimed at consolidating and adopting the broad concept of environmental management in the Islamic world, which calls for making good use of natural resources and protecting them from depletion and pollution, through instituting and disseminating the principles and methods of sound environmental governance in public, private and non-governmental development sector institutions and organizations in the Islamic world.

Other objectives include stepping up the efforts to achieve human and environmental security, improving the quality of life in Islamic World and beyond, preserving the right of all generations to clean environment, mobilizing the efforts of the Ummah and institutions to come up with scientific and practical innovative solutions to current and future environmental problems, and fostering scientific and legal interaction at the global, regional and national levels in addressing environment and sustainable development issues and adapting them to the reality of the Islamic world.


The Award is granted every two years and the date shall be determined when opening of nominations is announced with the deadline for reception of submissions. The Award shall be presented at the opening session of the Islamic Conference of Environment Ministers, which is organized by the Islamic World Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (ICESCO), in cooperation with the Ministry of Water Environment and Agriculture of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.


The Award of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia for Environmental Management in the Islamic  World covers four categories:

  • Best individual or collective research, achievement or practice in the environment and sustainable development, particularly those addressing specific environmental issues of concern to or may potentially benefit the Muslim world.

  • Best leading practices or activities in the environment and sustainable development in non-governmental organizations that can be replicated in the Member States.

  • Best Women’s leading activities in environmental action. This branch allocates to women three awards in the basic areas of environmental management:

    • Award for Women in Research, Achievements and Successful Practices;

    • The Women’s Award in Public Benefit Associations and NGOs;

    • Women’s Leadership Award in private or government sector institutions;

  • Best environmentally-friendly Islamic city that meets the conditions and commitments to achieve environmental, social and economic sustainability.