Call for Congo’s Natural Climate Solutions Applications to the Ashden Prize

By Adelyn Wangusi

 

A Climate charity organisation, Ashden is calling for nominations for the 2021 Ashden Prize for Natural Climate Solutions. The award will stimulate the growth and reproduction of exceptional innovations, honouring works that contribute to climate justice and defend a crucial global resource in the fight against climate change.

The winner will receive a grant of 20,000 euros, while all finalists will benefit from marketing support and access to Ashden’s network of funders, investors and expert partners – as well as opportunities such as pro-bono legal support. Ashden will also fund a powerful promotional film about the winner’s work. Admission is free and the deadline for submissions is March 3, 2021.

“Forest ecosystems are a vital defence against climate disasters. But the communities that call them home are threatened—often without rights and economic power, and now vulnerable to coronavirus. When the prudent stewardship of forests by indigenous peoples and their neighbours is threatened, we are all at risk,” said Harriet Lamb, CEO of Ashden.

The Ashden Prize for Natural Climate Solutions will highlight initiatives in the Congo Basin, as well as in the Amazon rainforest and Southeast Asia, making forest communities more resilient through improved livelihoods, inclusive business models, or better governance and land rights. It will also focus on innovation in popular resistance, cultural preservation and support for young leaders.  “We are looking for these examples that can inspire others to follow in their footsteps,” said Lamb.

Forest ecosystems are a vital defence against climate disasters. But the communities that live there are threatened – often devoid of rights and economic power, and now vulnerable to coronavirus. When the good management of forests by indigenous peoples and their neighbours is threatened, we are all at risk.

The Ashden Award for Natural Climate Solutions will highlight initiatives in the Amazon, Congo Basin and Southeast Asian rainforests making forest communities more resilient through improved livelihoods, inclusive business models or improved governance and land rights. It will also highlight innovation in grassroots resistance, cultural preservation, and support for young leaders.

Nominations will be evaluated on the basis of criteria such as reducing inequality, building resilience, participation and democratization, contributing to decarbonisation, and social benefits in the broader sense – such as improving health or income.

Submit your application on the Ashden.org website. For more information or to receive an application form in languages other than English, contact  apply@Ashden.org

 

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