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UNEP Sasakawa Prize

Two exciting projects took joint honours in the 2011 Sasakawa Prize for grassroots sustainable development initiatives. Both projects won for their work in conserving forests and promoting sustainable development in remote rural communities of Latin America and Asia. The Asociación Forestal Integral San Andrés, Petén (AFISAP) in Guatemala and the Manahari Development Institute in Nepal (MDI-Nepal) are the co-winners of this year's award around the theme "Forests for People, Forests for Green Growth" in support of the 2011 International Year of the Forests. The winners were announced in February and each received a cash prize of US$100,000 to expand their groundbreaking initiatives.

Clean Up the World

Clean Up the World is a communitybased environment campaign held in partnership with UNEP. Clean Up the World inspires and empowers individuals and communities from every corner of the globe to clean up, fix up and conserve their environment. The tag line for 2011 is "Our Place. Our Planet. Our Responsibility", in keeping with the World Environment Day theme. To find out how you can help with Clean Up the World Weekend, 16-18 September, and learn more, visit www.cleanuptheworld.org

World Environment Day

World Environment Day (WED) takes place on 5 June. WED is a global day for positive environmental action and one of the United Nations key initiatives to stimulate worldwide awareness of the environment and encourages political attention and action. WED 2011 is expected to be the biggest ever and communities the world over are encouraged take action to care for their local environment. This year's global host for WED is India, and the theme is "Forests: Nature at Your Service" in keeping with the 2011 International Year of Forests.


Gren Awards for creativity and sustainability

The Green Awards highlight the best examples of green marketing and sustainability communications that have made a real difference in the fight against global warming. The Green Awards recognize excellence in 16 categories from Best Green International Campaign, for global entrants, to Best Green Campaigner, for individuals and small groups championing sustainability. The overall 2010 winner was the China Environmental Protection Foundation, by virtue of an innovative and effective outdoor campaign created by DDB China, urging people to walk more and drive less.


UNEP Young Environmental Journalist Award

Ugandan radio journalist, Patricia Okoed-Bukumunhe, won the prestigious new UNEP Young Environmental Journalist Award. Okoed-Bukumunhe won for her report Climate Change and Uganda, broadcast on Radio France International. Jury members described the entry as "original, cutting edge environmental reporting". Launched in November 2010, the UNEP Young Environmental Journalist Award aims to showcase excellence in the field of environmental reporting and to nurture new talent that will help to shape opinion on the environment in Africa, and beyond, in years to come.

SEED Awards 2010

Grassroots environmental projects in Burkina Faso, China, Colombia, Ghana, Kenya, Rwanda, Senegal, South Africa and Sri Lanka are winners of the 2010 SEED Gold Awards. The 2010 SEED Awards were presented in February this year by the SEED Initiative, whose mission is supporting entrepreneurs for sustainable development. The prize recognizes promising, locally-driven start-up enterprises that work in developing countries to improve livelihoods, tackle poverty and manage natural resources sustainably. The winners will receive individually tailored business and partnership support services, worth US$35,000 to help them become established and increase their impact.