UNEP Awards

UNEP is the United Nations system’s designated entity for addressing environmental issues at the global and regional level. Its mandate is to coordinate the development of environmental policy consensus by keeping the global environment under review and bringing emerging issues to the attention of governments and the international community for action.

The UNEP Sasakawa Prize recognizes laureates with a proven record of achievement, as well as the potential to make outstanding contributions to the environment consistent with UNEP's policy and objectives. This international award is a partnership between UNEP and The Nippon Foundation.

The search is on for the most innovative, groundbreaking and sustainable grassroots environmental initiatives in emerging and developing countries!

Nominations for the UNEP Sasakawa Prize 2011 are now open with the theme “Forest for People, Forests for Green Growth”, in support of 2011 as the International Year of the Forests.

The winner will receive $200,000 cash prize at an Award Ceremony and Reception to be held in February 2011, in Nairobi, Kenya.

We’re looking to recognize and reward the project that has the most significant socio-environmental impact as framed by the theme, such as projects that:

* Promote the conservation and sustainable management of forests
* Contribute to a meaningful reduction in carbon emissions caused by deforestation and forest degradation
* Maintain forest ecosystems to improve resilience to climate change
* Support pro-poor development, especially among forest-dependent communities
* Conserve biodiversity and help secure ecosystem services

The Champions of the Earth Award recognizes outstanding environmental leaders, whether individuals or organizations, that have exemplified inspiration, vision, innovation, leadership and action for the environment. This international award was established by UNEP in 2004.
Visit: http://www.unep.org/champions

The UNEP International Photographic Competition recognizes artists who use photographs to reflect the diversity of the planet and its people. Started in 1991, the competition aims to showcase participants' talent as well as their concern for our environment.
Visit: http://www.unep.org/ourplanet/imgversn/112/focus.html

The SEED Award recognizes innovation in local, environmentally-responsible and sustainable entrepreneurship. This international award is the flagship programme of the SEED Initiative, a partnership founded by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), UNEP, and the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN.
Visit: http://www.seedinit.org

The Green Star Awards recognize those who have made remarkable efforts to prevent, prepare for, and respond to environmental disasters around the world. This international award is a joint initiative between UNEP, the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs and Green Cross International.
Visit: http://www.unep.org/greenstar
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