On the evening of 3 December, the UNCCD will recognize three winners of the first Land for Life Award at a Recognition Gala in Doha, Qatar. Ministers from countries attending the UNFCCC COP18 climate change meeting have been invited to attend.
The award will be presented to three civil society organizations from Haiti, Turkey and Uganda.
Sustainable Organic Integrated Livelihoods (SOIL), Haiti, will receive first prize with an award of USD40,000 and a medal. Haiti is one of the countries with the most degraded land, and scaling up of SOIL’s initiative has the potential to restore land by increasing carbon capture and strengthening the adaption and long-term resilience of the ecosystem and its people.
The organization Conservation Efforts for Community Development (CECOD), Uganda, tied as runner up with the Turkish Foundation for Combating Soil Erosion (TEMA), Turkey. Each takes home USD30,000 and a medal.
Equipping 38,000 students in rural areas of Uganda with hands-on land management skills, CECOD is a trend-setter in how broad inter-generational social transformation can occur promoting healthy soils.
With more than 450,000 volunteers, TEMA is a showcase of how to mobilize a nation in the making of environmental legislation.
The winners will be represented by Ms. Leah Nevada, Development Director, SOIL; Robert Isingoma, Country Director, CECOD, Uganda and Mr. Serdar Sarigül, Managing Director, TEMA. The event is co-hosted by Qatar National Food Security Programme.
More information on the Award is available here.