Influence Award

For local, national or international organisations and networks that have a core focus on campaigning or lobbying to influence policy, regulation or public opinion in support of regeneration.

It is aimed at supporting those who are changing the context in which we are all working; who are helping to build and strengthen the regenerative movement.

There are at least two prizes in this category, with each being awarded up to £25,000. We aim to award one prize to a small scale project in this category.


Short-listed nominations for the 2021 Prize:

Associação de Jovens Guerreiros Guardiões da Floresta

Associação de Jovens Guerreiros Guardiões da Floresta, was founded in 2011 in Marechal Thaumaturgo, Brazil, to work on the training and qualification of young leaders and workers in agroforestry systems, combining the diversity of plants, fruit trees and hardwoods, balancing natural resources and protecting nature for future generations.

Historically there was no difficulty in finding food in the region; everything was abundant. But as time went by, species of wood and animals and fish began to disappear. The destruction of the forest, gradually caused by human consumption, led to a food crisis that, they explain, “worries everyone who lives in close contact with nature.”

The association focuses on the regeneration of these degraded areas, with planting and reforestation of species of fruit plants and wood from the region. They also focus on investing in diversified ecological productions, such as beekeeping and the management of wild animals. They have developed ecological planning for the present and future of their municipality and our planet.

  • Community, Food, Landscapes
  • 2021
  • Influence Award
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Bloom Network

Bloom Network is an international community of people and projects working toward regenerative cultures. Through meetups and hands-on actions, local Bloom chapters build capacity and relationships across diverse movements for positive social change. They also help the general public find these movements and participate. Together they are creating social equity, food security, climate restoration, and using the arts as a way to find common ground.

The organisation was established in 2016, forming a peer-led organization, so that leaders on the ground who have real relationships with communities could co-direct how they work together and share resources toward regeneration.

They have gathered over 30,000 participants and started over 50 local chapters on six continents. Over 50 initiatives have been incubated through Bloom chapters. Specific local achievements include several public festivals for local food and local regenerative/holistic entrepreneurship that bring together over 10,000 participants each time they happen, to build better connectivity in a region and celebrate local economies.

  • Networks
  • 2021
  • Influence Award
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Commonland

Commonland was founded in 2013 by international experts and investors with the ambition to kick-start the development of a landscape restoration economy. Commonland aims to provide a practical framework to make the transition towards an economy that is based on the restoration of natural and productive landscapes.

Commonland aims to create 4 returns, in 3 landscape zones, over a period of 20 years. The 4 Returns Framework transforms degraded ecosystems by focusing on four measurable returns: healthy soils and biodiversity, security and jobs, Inspiration and hope, and sustainable financial income. It is a flexible approach that works in any ecosystem, taking the full local context into account, restoring biodiversity and scaling sustainable business cases.

Commonland does this through providing support in key areas such as practical implementation, policy influencing, fund mobilization, and working with all stakeholders to co-create a long-term landscape vision.

  • Landscapes
  • 2021
  • Influence Award
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Photo: Commonland

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Extinction Rebellion Youth Solidarity

Extinction Rebellion Youth Solidarity fights for liberation as a youth-led environmental group actively practising solidarity. They resist white supremacy, heteropatriarchal dominance, imperialism, speciesism and all forms of oppression, in solidarity with Indigenous and local communities.

The group has emerged through working together for a youth mobilisation based on solidarity. They have created actions, events and campaigns: their work is their answer to the question of how to live and resist well, while taking on the journey of unlearning oppressive mindsets and learning how to embody non-violence.

Spaces and sparks created include:

  • Exploring decolonisation in Education and Environmentalism with grassroots educators and Maasai leaders
  • Collaborated on a 5-day educational event at Imperial College London, calling to Decolonise, Decarbonise, and Democratise.
  • Influenced landmark judicial land rights case in Brasil supporting Guaranì Mbya community, organizing an open letter to the judge.
  • Produced and disseminated Climate Crisis is a Racist Crisis within XR UK.
  • Organized The Future of Conservation: COP26 and Beyond, involving 5 Indigenous and local-community leaders from Africa and Abya Yala.
  • Networks
  • 2021
  • Influence Award
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Fambidzanai Permaculture Centre

Fambidzanai Permaculture Centre (FPC) was established in 1988 in Zimbabwe to pioneer climate sensitive multifunctional agriculture in the region such as permaculture, agroecology and other sustainable practices.

FPC interventions over the past 25 years have facilitated skills in and the expansion of: agroecology and certified organic farming, food security, value-addition and processing, and farmer agency consolidation.

FPC notable achievements include:

  • The diploma in Agroecology programme at FPC, which has begun training government staff on Agroecology and contributed to the development of agroecology policy in Zimbabwe;
  • Development of an Agroecology and Organic Farming Policy for proposed transformation of food systems for Zimbabwe.
  • The Renewable Energy Empowering Women Farmers project, which has empowered more than 12,000 direct and indirect beneficiaries.
  • Development of key institutions that foster the Permaculture gospel namely SCOPE, PELUM, NFN and AfFOREST.
  • Part of Zimbabwe Seed Sovereignty Program (ZSSP) that has influenced policy and raised awareness on conservation of heirloom seeds.
  • Development of niche agroecology literature and Master of Agroecology Farmer Guide Practices for specific regions in Zimbabwe;
  • Establishment of Zimbabwe Alliance for the Promotion and Practice of Agroecology (ZAPPA).
  • Food
  • 2021
  • Influence Award
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Gaza Urban and Peri-Urban Agriculture Platform (GUPAP)

Gaza Urban & Peri-Urban Agriculture Platform (GUPAP) enhances resilience, builds institutional capacity and supports collaboration amongst its eighty member Community Based Organisations; including advocacy and policy influencing campaigns and sharing of knowledge, success stories and experience at local, regional and global levels.

GAPUP’s work responds to the challenging urban protracted crisis context of the Gaza Strip; where economic opportunities are very limited and urban agriculture is not officially recognised by policy makers and planners.

GUPAP is an active member of at least 6 national, regional and global networks and working groups including representation of West Asia and the Arab Network for Food Sovereignty in the Civil Society Mechanism (CSM) of the UN-CFS.
Over the years, GUPUP has:

  • Facilitated five policies relating to local market-oriented urban and peri-urban agriculture development. This included an advocacy campaign to advocate rights of urban women agripreneurs. GUPAP succeeded in facilitating and consolidating a safe influencing and exchange space, the first of its kind in Palestine called Urban Women Agripreneurs Forum (UWAF);
  • Promoted urban family farming and food sovereignty as strategies to enhance resilience of farming communities in protracted crisis conditions;
  • Worked with governmental and non-governmental institutions to consider market oriented urban farming within the national strategies and function of the national institutions;
  • Facilitated participation of value chain actors, including small scale women/men producers, to provide input into these strategies.
  • GUPAP has recently become (June-July 2021) a member of the Coordination Committee of the Global Network for the Right to Food & Nutrition
  • Community, Food
  • 2021
  • Influence Award
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Photo: Gaza Urban and Peri-Urban Agriculture Platform (GUPAP)

Project information

Karambi Group of People with Disabilities

Karambi Group of People with Disabilities (KaGPWD) empowers persons with disabilities, their families, and communities in Kasese district by ensuring inclusion and fighting for fairness in driving sustainable community development. It was founded in 1995 by a group of people with disabilities (PWDs) in response to both the discrimination, isolation and exclusion faced by PWDs and the environmental management crisis within Uganda.

They use inclusive holistic community development approach as a pathway to:
Empower communities with permaculture ethics, principles and practice;
Ensure that children and youth with disabilities acquire formal education to break the cycle of illiteracy and poverty;
Ensure that PWDs access affordable rehabilitation, are cared for and fully participate in developmental activities fairly;
Ensure access to affordable clean water for drinking, sanitation and irrigation;
Support the empowerment of PWDs through entrepreneurship.

Achievements include training 2450 people in permaculture design, agroforestry and regeneration, with 85% of trainees already practicing permaculture, agroecology and regenerative agriculture; constructing four community boreholes benefitting 2300 households; restored 59 acres of land; and continuing to produce organic food through their six-acre food forest.

  • Community, Food
  • 2021
  • Influence Award
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La Junquera

La Junquera is an organic farm and village that is being transformed into a beacon of regenerative agriculture in Southern Spain. At the heart of La Junquera farm is a community of entrepreneurs, dedicated growers, students and academics. The aim is to develop La Junquera into a regenerative farm by implementing regenerative practices, reviving the village and local community, generating economic activity, and restoring the degraded natural zones taking into account soil fertility, water management and biodiversity.

The 1100 hectare farm of La Junquera and its Regeneration Academy (running workshops and courses) coexist in symbiosis: the farm facilitates land and infrastructure, while the Regeneration Academy helps the farm make better decisions on restoring landscape, biodiversity and sustainable profit.

They have rebuilt the ruins in the village and make space for entrepreneurs and young people to live, learn and work to restore the degraded ecosystems both on the farm and in the neighbouring communities.

  • Food, Landscapes
  • 2021
  • Influence Award
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Landworkers’ Alliance

The Landworkers’ Alliance (LWA) is a grassroots, democratic, member-led union of farmers, growers, foresters and land-based workers founded in 2012 in the UK. Set up to fill the gap in the representation of small-scale agroecological landworkers in the UK, their mission is to improve the livelihoods of their members – creating a better food and land-use system for everyone based on agroecology, food sovereignty and sustainable forestry that furthers social and environmental justice.

At a policy and governance level, they develop and defend legal and policy instruments that protect and advance the changes necessary for the society they are building.

Achievements include:

  • Leading policy changes at local and national level, including ensuring that agroecology was recognised and included in the recent UK Agriculture Bill.
  • Providing advocacy support for members and delivering several farmer-to-farmer training and exchange events, mentoring and traineeship opportunities.
  • Membership of the Climate Justice collective at previous COP events, and representing La Via Campesina (of which they have been a member since 2013) internationally.
  • Food, Landscapes
  • 2021
  • Influence Award
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Permayouth

Permayouth recognises the multiple crises we face globally and consciously creates places for youth to connect and learn the thinking and skills required for one-planet living and regeneration, and celebrate this emerging culture.

Since its origins with the 2019 Climate Marches and Extinction Rebellion actions, Permayouth has grown from a youth-led permaculture learning community into a global movement connecting and inspiring young people (and their allies) on six continents, talking with politicians, influencers, authors, scientists, celebrities and community leaders around the world. Members are diverse – from cities to refugee settlements, ecovillages to Indian Reservations in the Global South and North.

Permayouth are determined that youth have access to permaculture education, be supported to create localised responses, and be part of reimagining the future through a permaculture lens. Permayouth offers: monthly festivals, arts programmes, meet-ups, workshops, a global community platform and podcast, regional chapters and local hubs amongst other things. They have fundraised for over 300 refugee youths to receive Permaculture Certificates, seeds and tools.

  • Networks
  • 2021
  • Influence Award
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