The SEED Prize is part of an international program that recognizes innovative and environmentally friendly start-ups in developing countries and helps them grow their businesses and lead by example.
This year it awarded projects such as banana bags in Kenya, school benches made from plastic waste in Burkina Faso, improving livelihoods for coffee farmers and protecting gorillas. mountain in Uganda. Selected from more than 300 applications, the selected activities relate to the fields of agriculture, waste management, energy, manufacturing, biodiversity conservation and tourism.
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As Erik Solheim, head of UN Environment, points out, the winning initiatives see environmental protection not as a cost or a burden, but as an opportunity.
The winners of this award, founded in 2002 by the United Nations Environment Program, the United Nations Development Program and the International Union for the Conservation of Nature, were announced on July 13 at a Forum high-level politics in New York.
They will benefit from personalized business and financial advice, marketing and advertising services, and referrals to funding bodies, policy makers and other support. They also join the network of 200 award winners from Africa, Asia and Latin America).
“In the context of perhaps our biggest global challenge – responding to growing consumer demands while managing increasingly stressed natural resources, many eco-inclusive businesses, such as those recognized by the SEED award this year, turn challenges into opportunities and, in doing so, are an integral part of an important sea change in the way we do business, ”Inger Andersen, IUCN Director General.
Source: UNEP press release