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Selection criteria

​In selecting the winner, the Jury will consider the following:

Innovation: fresh thinking and practical solutions to the problems of land degradation

Inspiration: shows leadership and inspires others to change behavior

Impact: measurable improvements to the land, soils and livelihoods

Replicability: lessons learned for sustainable land management can be reproduced by others

Applications should demonstrate results in any of the following areas:

Technical implementation

* Outstanding sustainable land management practices
* Enhancement or regeneration of lands leading to improved soil health, fertility and yield
* Reduction or mitigation of land degradation and the negative effects of drought

Policy Measures and Leadership

* Creative policy measures fostering sustainable land management, soil regeneration, or drought mitigation through soils enhancement
* Policy incentives for the private sector that facilitate improved sustainable land management and/or direct enhancement of soils
* International cooperation for combating desertification, land degradation and drought

Business Practices

* Business practices that regenerate and preserve soil health, fertility, and human livelihood in the drylands
* Business practices which lower energy consumption and reduce greenhouse gas emissions in land and soils related processes
* Business practices which enhance the concentration of soil organic matter and increase soil capacity to act as a carbon sink in the drylands

Advocacy, Education and Empowerment

* Community mobilization for sustainable land management
* Advocacy, communication or information initiatives which focus attention on people in the drylands 
* Advocacy, communication or information initiatives which generate heightened awareness about the global benefits of soil regeneration and protection as an opportunity and as an imperative of our time
* Advocacy, communication or information initiatives which promote better understanding about the situation in the drylands, making the public and decision-makers aware that dryland areas are not a global liability but an asset and a potential solution to some of today's most pressing global problems
* Educational activities which increase understanding and knowledge of desertification and land degradation, as well as drought, and heighten knowledge of effective sustainable land management practices

Scientific Finding and Knowledge Sharing

* Scientific research or innovations which contribute to improving the health of soils and land management, and generate biological, environmental, social and economic benefits in the drylands, with possible effects in other parts of the world as well.


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