SEED Initiative: 10 years old and growing

The SEED Initiative, a global partnership for action on sustainable development and the green economy, recently marked its 10th anniversary by celebrating numerous projects that are creating jobs while safeguarding the environment.

Community-based, sustainable and commercially viable Aloe vera products as alternative income for fisherwomen in Bar Reef Special Management Area in Kalpitiya

Founded by UNEP, UNDP and IUCN at the 2002 World Summit on Sustainable Development in Johannesburg, SEED supports innovative small-scale and locally driven entrepreneurships around the world which integrate social and environmental benefits into their business.

2012 was an exceptional year for SEED with 35 winners in 16 countries receiving one-on-one business support including a workshop tailored to their particular needs. They were profiled nationally and internationally.

The winners received their certificates from Hastings Chikoko, Head of IUCN South Africa and Mounkaila Goumandakoye, UNEP’s Regional Director for Africa at an International Awards Ceremony in South Africa which wrapped up a symposium on the Green Economy.

SEED also co-hosted the opening session of the Partnership Forum at Rio+20 in Brazil which brought together experts in finance, capacity building, employment, market access, reporting and policy to examine the challenges faced by entrepreneurs who operate on the basis of a triple bottom line — people, planet, profit.

Looking ahead, SEED will be working in several African countries: Ethiopia, Morocco, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, Tanzania and Uganda, as well as in Colombia, India and Vietnam in 2013 and 2014. The partnership between SEED and UN Women will continue with at least one gender equality award for any women-led social and environmental enterprise in a developing country.

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Work area: 
South America
North America
East and Southern Africa
West and Central Africa
West Asia
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