Young Projects Award

For groups or organisations that are 1-5 years old.

This prize is for young groups and organisations that have a proven track record, and which are seeking more funding to expand or develop.

There were 3 prize winners in 2017, each being awarded £25,000.

Below are the winners, short-listed projects and other nominees.

 

Prize Winners for 2017

Indigenous Climate Action (ICA)

Indigenous Climate Action (ICA) is an Indigenous-led initiative that inspires Indigenous-led climate justice, supporting Indigenous communities to be drivers of climate solutions.

ICA is equipping Indigenous communities with tools, education and assets to ensure Indigenous knowledge is driving climate solutions that work for everyone.

Indigenous Knowledge is essential to mitigate and address climate change and our goal is to ensure that  climate change policies and strategies include the voices and knowledge of Indigenous peoples.

ICA believes that true climate justice ensures that solutions of the future honour the past while upholding the legal and cultural foundations of Indigenous people’s rights.

  • Community, Energy
  • 2017
  • Young Projects
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Mining Watch Romania

Mining Watch Romania is a monitoring network designed to organise civil society and local community actions on proposed mining projects in Romania.

Canadian mining company Eldorado Gold plans to open Romania’s first open-pit gold mine and desperately needs permits to advance their Certej project.

If ever realized, the Certej mining project would gravely infringe on local population’s fundamental rights to a clean environment and water resources.

It would also put an end to the naturally occurring regeneration of this historic mining region.

The unpolluted rivers of Certej and its 180 hectares of protected forests are now the main target of Eldorado.

Solid legal arguments and strategic actions would help protect them and prevent their irreversible destruction.

  • Community, Landscapes
  • 2017
  • Young Projects
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Soils, Food, and Healthy Communities

Soils, Food, and Healthy Communities (SFHC) is a  non-profit organization in Malawi working to support smallholder farmers to build healthy, equitable, and resilient communities using farmer-led participatory research, ecological approaches to farming, local indigenous knowledge, and democratic processes.

Farmers working with SFHC experiment with  agroecological approaches including legume diversification, agroforestry, and animal manure that have resulted in improved child nutrition, food security, and soil management. Farmers also engage in participatory educational activities related to nutrition, climate change, gender, and social equity.

At the core of our work is a dedication to  addressing economic, health and social inequalities at the household, community and national levels.

  • Community, Food
  • 2017
  • Young Projects
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Photo: Soils, Food, and Healthy Communities

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Also short-listed

ARCAH.org

ARCAH ‘The Association of Rescue of Citizenship Through Affection Towards Humanity’ – was founded in 2013 by a group of young people from the city of São Paulo that wanted to act at the root cause of homelessness, poverty and scarcity in urban centers.

After years of taking food and clothing to people living in the streets, the group decided to act at another level, bringing permaculture and other abundant based concepts to help create permanent change.

ARCAH is now building a new farm near the city, to rescue and shelter more homeless people, and creating new urban farms in downtown São Paulo, turning public and private spaces into organic permaculture farming spots inside the city.

ARCAH’s future plans is to expand both urban and rural farms, so that people that suffer the most from lack of employment, resources and quality of life can change their destiny into an abundant one.

  • Community, Food, Housing
  • 2017
  • Young Projects
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Photo: ARCAH.org

Project information

  • Portuguese
  • http://www.arcah.org/
  • Rua Francisco Dias Velho, 1008, São Paulo, São Paulo 04581-001, Brazil

Global Diversity Foundation North America

GDF-NA was established in 2013 to meet a specific demand among members of the GDF network for peer-to-peer exchanges among North American Indigenous environmental leaders engaged in revitalization and regeneration of their landscapes.

We carry out collaborative biocultural projects that build resilience, foster innovation and promote learning. Our work contributes to the growing global transition towards justice, respect and dignity for all beings.

At the grassroots, through our regional programmes, we support communities as they improve their livelihoods while respecting environmental processes and make autonomous, informed decisions regarding their lands, resources and futures.

At the global scale, we strengthen the knowledge, networking and communication skills of emerging environmental changemakers through the Global Environments Network.

  • Landscapes
  • 2017
  • Young Projects
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Photo: Global Diversity Foundation North America

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IALA Mesoamerica

IALA Mesoamerica (or Latin American Institute of Agroecology) is an educational initiative of the transnational peasant movement La Via Campesina to facilitate the training and scaling of agroecology in the territories of Central America and southern Mexico.

Agroecology, a regenerative form of agriculture based on ancestral knowledge and ecological principles, is seen by La Via Campesina as a pillar for realizing food sovereignty and cooling the planet.

IALA Mesoamerica’s educational philosophy is based in processes of formación, or transformational political education, in which students gain awareness not just to become agroecological farmers but also social movement cadre and rural leaders.

  • Food
  • 2017
  • Young Projects
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Photo: IALA Mesoamerica

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  • Spanish, English
  • Asociación de Trabajadores del Campo, Oficina Nacional, De la rotonda Ruben Darío, 120 metros abajo, 2o piso UTN, Complejo CIPRES, Managua, Nicaragua

London Grown Workers’ Co-operative

London Grown is a not-for-profit workers’ co-operative.

Our aim is to design, build and co-operatively run an ecological food growing and education hub that increases local access to fresh, healthy and affordable food and community space in London.

We are committed to the values of regenerative agriculture. We aim to restore and rejuvenate the natural resources we depend on, rather than just sustaining them.

Our primary site is 7 acres of previously derelict land. With a consortium of other groups, we have recently been awarded a 25 year lease of Wolves Lane Horticultural Centre, 2 acres of ex-council glasshouses.

  • Community, Food
  • 2017
  • Young Projects
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Photo: London Grown Workers’ Co-operative

Project information

  • English
  • Hornbeam Community Café and Environment Centre, 458 Hoe Street, Walthamstow, London, E17 9AH, UK.

Marrakesh Organics

Marrakesh Organics is an Organic Olive farm and Ecological training center in the Ourika Valley, near Marrakesh.

The project aims to tackle what we feel are the major issues of our times, Environmental health, Human health and intercultural understanding.

We are transforming a damaged arid landscape into a lush and abundant ecosystem, a space that promotes sustainable living, produces high quality, beyond organic products and through our programs & workshops, inspires many people to do the same.

The Farm is also a research site where important observations and successful experiments are documented and open sourced for the worldwide community and shared in special courses.

  • Community, Food
  • 2017
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Photo: Marrakesh Organics

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May Project Gardens CIC

May Project Gardens is an award winning grassroots organisation, working with communities across South London to make environmentalism affordable, accessible and enjoyable.

They believe in the personal, social and economic benefits of reconnecting with nature in urban environments and work primarily with marginalised groups, who have less resources and influence within the mainstream environmental movements.

They use the creative arts to engage people regardless of language, culture or knowledge of environmentalism, to come together and find collective, sustainable solutions to social hardships.

This might include building allotments on housing estates or turning youth centres into youth-led green enterprises.

  • Community, Food
  • 2017
  • Young Projects
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Photo: May Project Gardens CIC

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Monitoramento Mirim Costeiro

The youth monitoring Project is a leading initiative incentivating children to became environmental protectors and monitors of the coastal region of Santa Catarina State, South Brazil.

It started in 2012 objectiving offer to children a practical and live learning opportunity. The Project so far involved aproximately 1200 students from eight to eleven years old, 60 teachers and 14 directors from public schools.

Activities included more then 100 field-trips in nine monitored beaches, almost 200 participatory theorectical workshops and 22 educational outdoors, stimulating participant’s learning about local environment as well as reinforcing their feeling of territorial belonging and identity connection.

  • Community
  • 2017
  • Young Projects
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Photo: Monitoramento Mirim Costeiro

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Nutwood Farm

Nutwood Farm is a regenerative agroforestry nut farm in Western Massachusetts, USA.

We are cultivating a diverse array of edible perennial nuts, fruits, and grains for our local and regional foodshed while demonstrating the importance of growing more food in integrated regenerative agricultural systems.

By growing and selling hybrid hazelnuts and chestnuts and value-adding them into a variety of oil, flour, and nut butter products, we hope to introduce more perennial staple foods into our community food system as well as inspire deeper changes in how we relate to food and the ecological systems we are embedded in.

  • Food
  • 2017
  • Young Projects
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Photo: Nutwood Farm

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Oakmeal

The Oakmeal Acorn Initiative is a multifaceted project that encompasses resource regeneration, food sovereignty, community cohesion and agroecology.

We are helping farmers to rekindle the collection of acorn caps for exportation as well as establishing acorn flour based products in the local cuisine. Our activities have led to new hope and a shift in thinking that empowers farm families to save a natural resource and create sustainable income from the ancient Oak forest on Kea Island.

All ages and genders have the opportunity to benefit from the initiative, further fostering resilience and optimism at a particularly difficult time in Greece.

  • Food
  • 2017
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Photo: Oakmeal

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Rooting and Fruiting

Rooting and Fruiting is a social enterprise deeply rooted in mycology. Recognizing that no one system acts alone, we take an integrated systems approach to health and regeneration, and utilize strong community ties and creative facilitation to build from the bottom up.

We aim to grow nutrient dense mushrooms and medicines and embed fungi in regenerative agriculture, forestry and water health management, in order to support and strengthen ecosystems, along with the humans within it.

We are scaling up production by creating a locally attuned and responsive collaborative network of growers, in order to support local food sovereignty and create resilience for the future.

  • Food
  • 2017
  • Young Projects
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Photo: Rooting and Fruiting

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The Grange

The Grange is a family home and 10 acre permaculture smallholding in the East of England. We work with nature to support individuals and communities to build their own resilience and to develop sustainable solutions to their communities needs.

Since 2011 we have welcomed hundreds of people from more than 40 countries who have been forced to flee from persecution and have claimed asylum in the UK. At The Grange they work alongside volunteers and craftspeople from the local community and forge strong links which build community cohesion.

They learn and share skills including pottery, weaving, green woodwork, cooking and music.

  • Community
  • 2017
  • Young Projects
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Photo: The Grange

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The Natural Resilience Project

The Natural Resilience Project (NRP) has developed a new way of working with marginalised communities (in this instance destitute, undocumented migrant women) that promotes personal and social resilience through nature connection and community building.

Our project aims to:

  • provide a safe and nurturing place of respite for destitute migrant women
  • reduce social isolation and promote wellbeing through community connection
  • build personal resilience through connecting with nature
  • increase access to networks of support for the participants

We hope to develop a replicable model to support other marginalised groups in society, which can support existing networks and be implemented at a national level.

  • Community
  • 2017
  • Young Projects
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Photo: The Natural Resilience Project

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  • English
  • C/O Hackney Migrant Centre, Old Fire Station, 61 Leswin St, London, N16 7NX, UK.

Tropical Permaculture Guidebook

The Tropical Permaculture Guidebook International Edition is being developed by East Timorese NGO Permatil, xpand Foundation and Disruptive Media.

It can rapidly expand and accelerate the understanding and application of practical permaculture on a global basis, especially in tropical regions. Designed as a training, programme and project base for a wide range of organisations, its use will improve the results of all permaculture/non-permaculture projects and is a complete tool for farmers and communities.

2000+ instructional illustrations ensures easy comprehension, the information is created for and accessible to the most vulnerable, and proven through practice.

  • Food
  • 2017
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Photo: Tropical Permaculture Guidebook

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Other nominations

 

Austria

Belarus

 

Brazil

 

Bulgaria

 

Cameroon

Canada

Chile

 

Colombia

 

Croatia

Czech Republic

 

Democratic Republic of Congo

  • Mama Na Bana Batwa Pygmy Ecovillage

 

Ethiopia

 

France

 

Gambia

 

Germany

 

Ghana

 

Greece

 

Hungary

 

Indonesia

  • Animal Sanctuary Trust Indonesia (ASTI)
  • Yayasan Konservasi Sawah Bali sawahbali.org

 

Israel

 

Italy

Japan

  • Minami Soma Nouchi Saisei Org
  • Nakadai Co., Ltd
  • The Fukushima Organic Cotton Project

 

Kenya

 

Lithuania

 

Malaysia

 

Mexico

 

Nigeria

 

Peru

 

Phillipines
Center for Renewable Electricity Strategies (CREST)   https://www.facebook.com/phCREST/

 

Portugal

 

Romania

Sierra Leone

  • Network for Educational and Environmental Development for Women in Sierra Leone

 

Singapore

 

South Africa

 

Spain

 

Switzerland

Togo

  • ZION ECO VILLAGE

 

Trinidad and Tobago

Uganda

 

UK

 

USA

Zambia

 

Zimbabwe