The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) invite nominations/applications for the 2021 Pathfinder Award for Innovation in Nature Conservation.
This is the second iteration of the award and it aims to recognize exceptional solutions around protection and conserved areas carried out by individuals, groups or organizations.
The Pathfinder Award seeks innovative solutions with an integrated approach that can successfully conserve nature while pushing gains in relation to:
- Sustainable land management
- Human health
- Climate change mitigation and adaptation
The award is set to:
- Adapt and replicate these solutions on a global scale
- Reward individuals and groups that have achieved outstanding success
- Showcase the work of global partners and leading agencies in achieving these solutions
- Call for more support and investment in deploying more successful approaches
- Throw more light on the profile of protected and conserved areas and systems
- Strengthen policy messages related to the performance of protected and conserved areas within global frameworks
- The applicant/nominee(s) must be an individual or group/organization that works within or represents a protected or conserved area and their constituents and stakeholders
- Innovation and initiative must be completed with clear results, or under implementation with a certain level of accomplishment
- All categories of protected and conserved areas are eligible including community and private conservation areas, and areas conserved by indigenous peoples and local communities
- Any person or a group can be nominated by those who are sufficiently familiar with their work and with the full approval of the nominee(s). Self-nominations are welcome and encouraged
NB: Innovative ideas that are not yet fully developed and/or implemented are not eligible for the award
Benefits of participation
- US$ 10,000 prize award to each of four winners within the set categories
- A Pathfinder Award certificate and a plaque
- Possibility of participating in a training or mentorship program
- Opportunity to receive in-kind technical support or membership of a network, including IUCN WCPA and IUCN Green List
- Potential opportunity for keynote participation in a global, regional, or digital PANORAMA event
You can visit here for nomination or application.
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