Going for gold: winners of 2009 SEED Award announced

Outstanding social and environmental projects from Zimbabwe, Bangladesh, Colombia, Southern Africa, India and Niger are the winners of the 2009 SEED Gold Awards for entrepreneurship in sustainable development.

The prize recognizes promising, locally driven start-up enterprises that work in developing countries to improve livelihoods, tackle poverty and manage natural resources sustainably.

The five 2009 Gold Winners, selected by an international jury from this year’s 20 SEED Award winners, are: an association of small-scale women farmers in Zimbabwe who are striving to reverse severe land degradation through organic farming; a Bangladeshi NGO that has developed a low-cost solar lantern made from recycled parts of the kerosene lantern; an association in Colombia that has set environmental standards for local miners; civil society organizations in Southern Africa and India that are developing bio-cultural protocols; and institutions in Niger that have developed sustainable solid waste management systems to keep cities clean.

All the SEED Gold Winners will receive individually-tailored business and partnership support services, worth US$ 35,000, for up to one year to help them become established and increase their impact. This includes access to relevant expertise and technical assistance, meeting new partners and building networks, developing business plans and identifying sources of finance.

The SEED Initiative is a global network founded in 2002 by IUCN, the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) to contribute towards the Millennium Development Goals and the commitments made at the Johannesburg World Summit on Sustainable Development.

For more information contact SEED Programme Manager, e. constance.hybsier@see...

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