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The Director-General of UNESCO, Irina Bokova, awarded the 2011 Sultan Qaboos Prize for Environmental Preservation to the Forestry Research Institute of Nigeria, in accordance with the recommendations of the Bureau of the International Coordinating Council of UNESCO’s Man and the Biosphere Programme, in recognition of its contributions to forest and environmental management and biodiversity conservation.

The Jury acknowledged also the Institute’s key role in establishing and managing nature reserves in the country -- including the Omo Biosphere Reserve recognized under the Man the Biosphere Programme.

The Director-General of UNESCO, Irina Bokova, had the pleasure to congratulate the Forestry Research Institute of Nigeria for the award of the 2011 Sultan Qaboos Prize for Environmental Preservation. (Unesco source)

The Institute has played an important role in the establishment and management of nature reserves in Nigeria. FRIN carried out the baseline research activities and the development of innovative process technology to convert wood wastes into useful products. The Institute has contributed also to the development of technologies for the stabilization of sand dunes, desertification and erosion control, research for national forestation programmes and development of permanent sample plots for seed orchards. Through its four training colleges, FRIN has contributed over the years to the training of technical manpower needs in the forestry sector as well as other agro-allied sectors of the economy.

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