The first-ever annual UNEP Kipepeo Awards recognize teams and projects that exhibited exceptional performance and dedication to achieving the goals of UNEP.
The Environmental Impact Award category aims to celebrate programmes, initiatives or projects that demonstrated outstanding impact to advance the environmental agenda at the local, national, regional or international level. This category showcases the achievements of UNEP’s work striving to tackle environmental challenges with measurable impact and that contribute to advance our mandate and objectives.
13 initiatives were nominated under the Environment Impact Award category reflecting the hard work and effort put toward achieving UNEP’s goals of positive environmental impact. Relevance, scalability, replicability, and measurable impact were some of the evaluation criteria to review the submissions. The project, which has been implemented also by one of the CTCN members, was the winner.
This project aims to increase the climate resilience of small-scale farmers through innovative financial mechanisms, enabling adaptation of the bottom of the pyramid through market approaches. The project encourages investments in ecosystem-based adaptation alternatives, providing benefits for both families and ecosystems, reducing potential productive losses due to weather events, and promoting practices that use ecosystems in a more sustainable way.
The project originally started in two Latin American countries (Colombia and Peru), expanding to other parts of the region (Central America and the Caribbean), and was later implemented in two African countries (Benin and Senegal) through a South-South cooperation approach.
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Team members: Piedad Martin, Marta Moneo Lain, Gustavo Manez Gomis, Laura Ortega, Evelyn Madrid, Agustin Matteri. There were three additional key people that are no longer working for UNEP: Jacinto Buenfil, Jessica Zapata, Ramiro Salinas (CTCN)
CTCN network member Frankfurt School was the implementing partner at the early stages of the project.