The WIN WIN Youth Award is an international award that aims to empower and reward young people who play an active role in the creation of a more sustainable future. We welcome contributions from individuals, organisations and movements from all over the world, with members between the age 13 to 29.
Applicants to the WIN WIN Youth Award should present a recent or ongoing project/work/initiative linked to the unique theme of the WIN WIN Award 2020 –Biodiversity. The winner will be announced on the International Youth Day on August 12, and will be invited to receive the award at the WIN WIN Award ceremony October 22 in Gothenburg, Sweden.
The online registration for WIN WIN Youth Award 2020 closed on June 5th.
Silvia Cauca in 360º is a virtual reality tour created by a youth-led group called “Get up and Go Colombia” to experience the biodiversity of a town called Silvia in Colombia, the second most biodiverse country in the world. Through the VR experience, the viewer is also allowed to “visit” local and indigenous communities and learn about how the armed conflict has affected a region that is finally in peace.
The jury nominates Silvia Cauca in 360º for its innovative use of virtual reality technology as a method to raise biodiversity awareness and spread knowledge of how social conflicts affect in the region both humans and nature.
Forested Food is an Ethiopian organisation founded by Ariana Yuen that partners with local communities to offer sustainably cultivate forest-based products. Deforestation for agricultural purposes and over-exploitation are two of the main factors contributing to biodiversity loss, while also accelerating the effects of climate change.
The jury nominates Ariana Yuen and Forested Foods for the inclusive and scalable agroforestry-model where the use of local and endemic flora reduces agriculture’s footprint, fights deforestation and promotes forest conservation.
The Kenyan Youth Biodiversity Network is a platform founded by Kevin Lunzalu and Maryanne Muriuki that aims to empower young people to lead initiatives focused on biodiversity and environmental conservation in Kenya. Through capacity building, the network has been able to strengthen the voice of young people in national and international policy spaces.
The jury nominates KYBN for the ability to mobilize young people and bridging the gap between policymakers and the future generation in order to halt biodiversity loss.
The Masungi Geopark Project is a restoration and rewilding project led by Ann and Billie Dumaliangin in a heavily degraded area in the province of Rizal, Philippines. By planting over thousands of native trees the project has had a positive impact on the ecosystem and also improved the local communities’ access to clean water.
The jury nominates The Masungi Geopark Project as it is a great example of how addressing biodiversity loss is an interdisciplinary issue that requires taking actions towards the restoration of ecosystems while also engaging the local community and providing environmental education.
Adarsh Ambati has designed a non-invasive, easy, in-field technique that is cheaper than the formerly used procedures, to detect the presence of the fungus Batrachochytrium Dendrobatidis, harmful for species of amphibians around the world The jury nominates Adarshi Ambati for the invention making it possible to effectively identify pathogens threatening endangered species, which is a fundamental aspect of species conservation, in an easy and accessible way.
The winners of the WIN WIN Youth Award 2019 were Mina Shabbaki, Görkem Ölmez and Nina Lam from Lindholmens Tekniska Gymnasium with the project ’Algea – food for a sustainable tomorrow’.
The jury’s decision: “Based on the three dimensions of sustainability, the jury has selected a winning contribution that aims to create a local solution to the global food production challenge in an innovative and concrete way. The winners have identified a number of important sustainability issues, from reduced meat consumption and transport to social and economic sustainability in rural areas. The proposed solution is a realistic example of how local initiatives can benefit the greater society and ultimately the entire world.”
The jury for our youth award consists of seven members with different experience and skills.
HEAD OF SUSTAINABILITY, AKADEMISKA HUS
Mia Edofsson has long and extensive experience in the field of sustainability, from several industries. She has worked as head of sustainability at Akademiska Hus since 2012 and is responsible for the development and execution of long-term sustainable strategies. Mia is a board member of the UN Global Compact Network Sweden and is deeply committed to contributing to the United Nations Global Goals and Agenda 2030
BIOLOGIST, GOTHENBURG UNIVERSITY
Alma Hodzic got her degree in Biology at Autonomous University of Madrid, Spain and came to Gothenburg to join the NABIS master program in Biodiversity and Systematics. Growing up as a scout, she was always close to nature and learnt from a young age the importance of living a sustainable life. As a biologist, she strives to pass those values on to other generations as she believes that communicating and raising awareness is a fundamental part of science.
HEAD OF PROGRAMME, UNIVERSEUM
The Universeum science centre is a public arena for lifelong learning, where children and adults can explore the world through science and technology. As a former teacher and headmaster, Kerstin embraces Universeum’s mission to create experiences that boost creativity and innovation, increase knowledge and activate critical thinking. She has worked at Universum for 10 years and is responsible for all of the activities that the centre arranges for its daily guests.
PROJECT ASSISTANT AT ENVIRONMENT FOR DEVELOPMENT, GOTHENBURG UNIVERSITY
David Reckermann recently completed his studies at Chalmers University of Technology where he studied mechanical engineering, pedagogics, and did his master’s thesis on people’s understanding of climate physics. His main field of interest is pedagogics for sustainable development and how knowledge, attitudes, and actions can interact to further sustainable development.
ADVOCATE MANAGER, SWEDISH OUTDOOR ASSOCIATION
Ahmed Al-Qassam has a bachelor’s degree in Environmental Science from Malmö University. He is the founder of the award-winning podcast Miljöpodden and has a long experience of working with strategic sustainability at different national and international levels. As a former youth representative at the United Nations Climate Change Convention’s and former president for youth climate organisation PUSH Sweden, Ahmed believes in the crucial role of the civil society to achieve systemic change on a global level.
HEAD OF SOCIAL SUSTAINABILITY DEPARTMENT AT VGR
Viveca Reimers has a master of science degree from Chalmers University of Technology and a long experience of working with social, economic and ecologic sustainability, from different sectors and fields. At Region Västra Götaland she works as head of department of social sustainability.Viveca thinks Win Win Youth Award is important because real participation is crucial in the work for a sustainable future, not least the participation of children and young people.
ACCOUNT MANAGER AT SEB
Lisa is responsible for the credit processes for a number of large corporate customers at SEB, where sustainable financing is one of the fundamentals.
Her responsibilities include identifying, analyzing and managing issues related to sustainability risks and considerations in conjunction with a credit request or review.