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    LAC Projects Receive 2009 SEED Award

    By Keith R | May 13, 2009

    Topics: Environmental Protection, Extractive Sectors | No Comments »

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    This year’s recipients of the SEED Awards were announced yesterday by the SEED Initiative at a reception linked to this year’s session of the United Nations Commission on Sustainable Development (CSD), and several of the recipients were from Latin America.

    What is the SEED Award and who is the SEED Initiative? you ask.  The Initiative was founded in 2002 by two UN organs, the UN Development Programme (UNDP) and the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), and the World Conservation Union (IUCN) to contribute to achieving the UN’s Millennium Development Goals and commitments made at the World Summit on Sustainable Development (Rio+10).  Since then the governments of Germany, India, the Netherlands, Norway, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, UK and US have joined the Initiative.  Each year the Initiative hands out awards to those projects that an international panel of judges finds to best represent innovation in local, environmentally responsible and sustainable entrepreneurship.

    As they put it:

    The SEED Awards are distinctive in the growing field of environment and development awards in that they identify, profile and support promising, locally-driven, start-up enterprises working in partnership in developing countries to improve livelihoods, tackle poverty, and manage natural resources sustainably.

    Rather than a traditional monetary prize, applicants compete for a individualized package of capacity development that will help the winners to grow their business idea and establish lasting partnerships across sectors.

    Of the 20 projects worldwide receiving the Award in 2009 out of 1140 submissions, six recipients are from Latin America — three from Brazil, two from Colombia, and one from Panama.  They are:

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