The Prize recognises significant contributions to environmental conservation and, since its launch by the Rt Hon. Alistair Darling MP in 1998, has attracted entries from more than 50 countries each year on a range of diverse topics. Some of those topics from previous years include.
- Reducing human animal conflict
- Water issues including sanitation
- Air quality
- Solar power
- Food supply
- Community regeneration
Submissions for the annual prize are assessed by a panel of eminent trustees representing science, industry and government with the award going to the project the Trustees consider displays the best combination of good science, economic realism, political acceptability and sustainability.
Applications are sent in by individuals, multi-disciplinary teams and community groups. The winner receives $100,000 USD and each of the other two finalists receive $25,000 USD.