The three Awards for 1999 were presented by the President of Costa Rica at the opening ceremonies of the 7th Meeting of the COP in San José, Costa Rica. Each award was accompanied by the Evian Special Prize, generously provided by the Danone Group (France), of US$ 10,000
For the 1999 Awards, the Ramsar Standing Committee chose to share the Awards in the Individual and NGO categories. The announcement of the 1999 Wetland Conservation Award winners, with brief descriptions of the contributions for which these individuals and groups were honored, was made on World Wetlands Day, 2 February 1999.
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