Regeneration celebrated at awards

Indigenous peoples, refugee teams and small-scale farmers from throughout the globe have been awarded a share of £236,000 prize cash on this yr’s awards by campaigning cosmetics model Lush.

Greater than £200,000 has been awarded to 17 initiatives demonstrating responses to the local weather emergency, the Covid-19 pandemic and the affect of the Ukraine conflict within the world south. 

The prize, which has been awarded each two years since its launch in 2017, seeks to rejoice and reward initiatives that handle challenges holistically and regeneratively.


At the very least 14 totally different nations and 5 continents are represented among the many prize-winners. This consists of three nations represented amongst Spring Prize recipients for the primary time – Colombia, Nepal and Madagascar.

Judges are drawn from a various vary of actions that signify regenerative design, permaculture design, meals sovereignty, transition cities, biomimicry, eco-village networks and numerous social justice actions. Lush additionally appoints a choose from its employees and buyer base for every prize cycle. 

They awarded prizes throughout six classes: intentional; younger; established and affect awards, the Permaculture Journal Award; and the traditional and indigenous knowledge award run in partnership with Be The Earth Foundation. The prize fund of £236,000 was shared between winners. 

One of many winners beneath the award for established initiatives was the Himalayan Permaculture Centre in Nepal. 

The grassroots NGO is run by farmers and operates in distant and poor farming communities in Western Nepal. Its initiatives are regenerative and combine meals safety, well being, training, livelihoods and coaching in order that individuals are not compelled to go away villages attributable to poverty. 


The Taniala Regenerative Camp in Madagascar was a winner within the intentional class. It goals to assist forest regeneration by selling sustainable agriculture methods. 

In 2022, it arrange its first regenerative camps in Lambokely, a village the place migrants reside after fleeing famine and drought, and the place slash-and-burn cultivation is frequent and in consequence, resulting in deforestation. 

The Instituto Janeraka in Brazil gained the traditional and indigenous knowledge award for its work with the Awaete individuals, whose inhabitants had been involved with the worldwide society for lower than 50 years. 

Consequently, they confronted quite a few psychological and ecological challenges, which have worsened with the development of hydroelectric energy vegetation and mining actions. 

The institute has launched a number of initiatives, equivalent to a information trade program between indigenous and non-indigenous peoples, and artwork and media initiatives.

This Writer

Catherine Early is a contract environmental journalist and chief reporter for The Ecologist. She tweets at @Cat_Early76. For the total listing of winners, and extra details about initiatives, see here.


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