Land for Life Award

The Land for Life Award was initiated by the UNCCD and its partners in 2011, launched at the UNCCD COP10 in the Republic of Korea as part of the Changwon Initiative. 

The Award recognizes the excellence and innovation of individuals, groups, institutions and businesses whose work and initiatives have made a signicant contribution in achieving Land Degradation Neutrality.

Between 2012 and 2014, eight winners were awarded from around the world. In March 2015, the Land for Life Award was revised. The new Land for Life Award will be awarded to two winners biennially. One of which will be the Land for Life Special Award to honour outstanding actions by individuals/groups in China which will be selected by the Kubuqi International Desert Forum Steering Committee according to the same selection criteria as global Land for Life Award.  

Starting from 2015, the Award does not carry a monetary prize. Award winners will however, receive an individually-tailored support package from the UNCCD secretariat to highlight their success stories, which includes: networking with interested organizations, profiling their initiatives nationally and internationally, and opportunities to showcase their award-winning actions at national and international events. 

The winners will also be requested to act as a “spokesperson” for achieving Land Degradation Neutrality at selected high-level policy-making sphere.

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