Winners & Finalists

2018 Finalist

CASSA – Sustainable Social Housing

CASSA builds sustainable social housing that provides users with clean water, clean energy and sanitation.

2018 Finalist

Revolutionary tropical weather forecasting for small-scale farmers

Ignitia has developed a highly accurate weather model.

2018 Finalist

EkoLakay: Household Ecological Sanitation for Cities

SOIL designs, tests, and implements social business models to increase access to cost-effective full-cycle household sanitation services in urban communities. Over 1 000 families currently rent an EkoLakay household toilet.

2017 Winner

Sustainable Low-Water Horticulture Farming for Sub-Saharan Africa

This social entrepreneurial initiative intends to improve the produce supply in Sub-Saharan Africa through an aquaponic system. Aquaponic systems are more resource-efficient than drip irrigation and create employment opportunities for local farmers.

2017 Finalist

Local Production and Distribution of Ceramic Water Filters in Uganda

This social entrepreneurial initiative produces and distributes ceramic water filters to improve access to clean water. By reducing the need to boil water for drinking, the project will cause less wood to be burned and lower CO2 emissions.

2017 Finalist

The Vetiver System for Soil and Water Conservation in Trinidad and Tobago

The Vetiver System (VS) makes use of vetiver plants, with their strong, deep and fibrous root system, as a “soft engineering” approach to slope stabilisation, erosion protection and soil and water conservation.

2016 Winner

Pump for Life - Subscription based delivery of water point maintenance services

The social entrepreneurial initiative intends to further validate and regionally scale a subscription based system for water point maintenance, branded Pump for Life.

2016 Finalist

Farmer's Life Environmental Credit and Loan-Scoring Kenya

Providing agricultural loans to smallholder farmers, which specifically incorporate soil and water management requirements into loan terms.

2016 Finalist

Sanergy

Providing access to affordable and hygienic sanitation to the residents of urban slums in Nairobi, Kenya.
Riparian zone resotration by rural school students. Photo credit: © WCS Brazil

2015 Winner

Scaling up protection and restoration of key Pantanal headwaters

To protect and restore watersheds and biodiversity in Brazil’s Pantanal region, the Wildlife Conservation Society is scaling up its proven approaches to promoting sustainable land use on individual properties to whole rural municipalities.
F3 Life clients who live in the catchment can apply for Farmer's Life loans

2015 Finalist

Farmer’s Life

F3 Life is a start-up company trialling the Farmer’s Life Service for smallholder farmers in Kenya. The Farmer’s Life Service consists of provision of appropriately designed agricultural loans and high quality technical farming advice.
The riet river, a critical fish sanctuary in the Kouebokkeveld

2015 Finalist

Cape Critical Rivers: a multi-stakeholder approach to enhance sustainable water use and agricultural practices

The Western Cape region is predicted to suffer severely under future climate change. Many emerging farmers in the region are dependent on irrigation agriculture. Irrigation water use efficiency (IWUE) is therefore critical.
participantory_planing

2015 Finalist

Building Resilience of Solu Watershed and Enhance Economic Benefits for Local Livelihoods

This project proposes to increase the resilience of the local communities in the Kalpa micro-watershed by augmenting their adaptive capacity to climate change and by providing economic benefits for local livelihoods.
Mobilizing local institutions for sustainable management of watershed services in Nepal 1

2014 Winner

Mobilizing local institutions for sustainable management of watershed services in Nepal

The main objective of the project is to scale up payments for a watershed services (PWS) system for sustainable management of biodiversity and natural resource in order to improve livelihoods of the rural poor in the mid-hills of Nepal.
Empowering communities – Participatory management of Lake George Landings for improved sanitation and livelihoods 1

2014 Finalist

Empowering communities – Participatory management of Lake George Landings for improved sanitation and livelihoods

This project targets sustainable management of water resources at 8 landing sites in the Lake George basin.
Community-based watershed management, conservation, and sustainable livelihoods in Wolyaita, Ethiopia 1

2014 Finalist

Community-based watershed management, conservation, and sustainable livelihoods in Wolyaita, Ethiopia

This project aims to rehabilitate 620 ha of degraded land in Offa Woreda, Wolyaita Zone, for 525 extremely poor households (2,825 people). These households are further supported in starting income generating activities such as honey production.
Manganjo - A community embedded water company 1

2014 Finalist

Manganjo - A community embedded water company

The Manganjo Water Development Project aims to provide 15,000 people in the villages of Mabonji, Nganjo Nene and Nganjo Titi, situated in the Southwest Region of Cameroon, with a sustainable source of safe and affordable drinking water.
Sustainable agricultural and husbandry systems in the Manakaravavy watershed, the breadbasket of the Mahafaly Plateau

2013 Winner

Sustainable agricultural and husbandry systems in the Manakaravavy watershed, the breadbasket of the Mahafaly Plateau

The project put forward by WWF Madagascar and Western Indian Ocean Programme Office (WWF MWIOPO) aims to improve farmers' access to water for production and to better technologies and production resources, thereby enhancing food security, access to income and pasture while taking pressure off the surrounding natural environment by developing and implementing a holistic watershed management plan.
Integrated management for Sensunapan watershed protection.  A win-win human-river alliance 1

2013 Finalist

Integrated management for Sensunapan watershed protection. A win-win human-river alliance

The project aims to improve living condition of 15 informal settlements of Sonsonate, Sonzacate and Nahuizalco Municipalities (Sonsonate District) by promoting sustainable and participated management of the Sensunapan watershed.
Using Micro-hydels For Improved Sub-watershed Management in Swat 1

2013 Finalist

Using Micro-hydels For Improved Sub-watershed Management in Swat

According to the government’s Water Challenges, in the Pakistan Report released in 2010, per capita water availability has dropped to an alarmingly low level.
Revitalization of Ozama Watershed Rural Farming Communities, Dominican Republic 1

2013 Finalist

Revitalization of Ozama Watershed Rural Farming Communities, Dominican Republic

This project aims to train communities in the upper Ozama River sub-watershed of the Dominican Republic in order to improve their land and water supply and safeguard natural resources for the well-being of people and the environment.
Kibera Productive Public Space 1

2012 Winner

Kibera Productive Public Space

The Association "Kounkuey Design Initiative“ (following KDI) partners with residents of slums in Nairobi/Kenya to create low-cost, high-impact built environments called Productive Public Spaces (PPS).
Community and Ecosystem based Approaches to restoration of Sironko river catchment 1

2012 Finalist

Community and Ecosystem based Approaches to restoration of Sironko river catchment

Sironko Valley Integrated Projects (SVIP) was established in 1993 as a Non- Governmental Organisation and operates in the Sironko and Mbale district of Eastern Uganda.
Catbalogan Watershed and Forest Reserve Rehabilitation and Protection Project 1

2012 Finalist

Catbalogan Watershed and Forest Reserve Rehabilitation and Protection Project

Philippine Business for Social Progress (PBSP), the Philippines’ largest corporate-led foundation, is dedicated to the promotion of business sector involvement in social development.
Community-ecosystem approach for adaptive watershed management in drought-prone tribal areas of West Bengal 1

2012 Finalist

Community-ecosystem approach for adaptive watershed management in drought-prone tribal areas of West Bengal

The South Asian Forum for Environment [SAFE] works towards the sustainable development of natural resources for poverty alleviation as a social catalyst through a community-based participatory programme and global partnership.
Integrating PES and REDD in Central Asia 1

2011 Winner

Integrating PES and REDD in Central Asia

The Regional Environmental Centre for Central Asia (CAREC) was established in accordance with the decision of the 4th Pan-European Conference held in 1998 in Aarhus (Denmark).
Integrated Ecocyclofarming for Watershed Rehabilitation 1

2011 Finalist

Integrated Ecocyclofarming for Watershed Rehabilitation

Yayasan Hubungan Swiss Indonesia is an independent Indonesia development foundation according to Indonesian Law. It was founded in 2007 under tutorship of Swisscontact, Swiss Foundation for Technical Cooperation.
Conservation Farming for Watershed Management 1

2011 Finalist

Conservation Farming for Watershed Management

SECARD is dedicated for the sustainable development through optimal utilization of available resources along with its conservation and promotion for the improved livelihood of the inhabitants.
Capitalizing five Municipal Water Funds to improve livelihoods in the Santa Cruz Valleys 1

2010 Winner

Capitalizing five Municipal Water Funds to improve livelihoods in the Santa Cruz Valleys

Fundación Natura Bolivia was created in 1997 and is recognized as a private civil non-profit organization. Its mission is to conserve critical ecosystems and improve the quality of life of the Bolivian people through alternative and innovative mechanisms of conservation and sustainable development. It specializes in the development of financial mechanisms for conservation, particularly those which compensate local communities for the opportunity-cost of protecting environmental services.

There are no finalists in this year.

Sustainable and productive management of degraded watersheds in Kahmard district 1

2009 Winner

Sustainable and productive management of degraded watersheds in Kahmard district

Helvetas was founded in 1955 as the first private organization for development co-operation in Switzerland. Helvetas is a denominationally and politically independent association, supported by approximately 43’000 members, 40’000 sponsors and 15 regional groups.

There are no finalists in this year.

Voices and Choices for the Chivoko Community 1

2008 Winner

Voices and Choices for the Chivoko Community

The LLCTC is an umbrella organisation representing all of the communities of Choiseul Island (Lauru). The organization was formed in 1988 and has, over nearly a decade, built up a considerable network and supportive alliances. The LLCTC is an associated body registered in Solomons.
Participatory Community Watershed Management for a Clean Safe Water Supply for Shangri-la 1

2008 Winner

Participatory Community Watershed Management for a Clean Safe Water Supply for Shangri-la

TMI was established in 1972 in West Virginia, where its work focused on experiential and leadership education for West Virginia's youth. This work was based at a 400-acre nature preserve on the slopes of West Virginia's highest mountain, Spruce Knob. TMI formally expanded into an international organization in 1987, when it assisted in the establishment of two new protected areas in Nepal and the Tibet Autonomous Region of China. Regional TMI offices were established in Nepal and Peru a few years later.

There are no finalists in this year.

Water Harvesting to Improve Livelihoods in Southern Ethiopia: From Pilots to Mainstream 1

2007 Winner

Water Harvesting to Improve Livelihoods in Southern Ethiopia: From Pilots to Mainstream

ERHA is an Ethiopian non-governmental organisation founded in 1999 by Ethiopian citizens who recognised the imminent challenges resulting from water shortage at global and local levels. ERHA works to promote rainwater harvesting (RWH) in Ethiopia through advocacy, networking, research and capacity building of its stakeholders, and importantly the local organisations implementing RWH projects. In 2005, ERHA was selected as Rainwater Harvesting Capacity Centre (RHCC) of the RAIN programme, to coordinate and manage the widespread implementation of RWH in Ethiopia.

There are no finalists in this year.

Compensating local people for their upstream activities 1

2005 Winner

Compensating local people for their upstream activities

REECS is an all-Filipino consultancy firm on environmental and resource economics. It services a broad base of clients and is composed of professionals who are committed to the advancement of sustainable economic development. The firm traces its roots to the Natural Resources Accounting Project, the pioneering venture that laid the groundwork for institutionalising the use of accounting for economically viable natural resource-based services. It has since developed a wide range of expertise and looks at environment-economic interactions within a holistic and multi-disciplinary framework.

There are no finalists in this year.

Water quality improvement through utility leadership 1

2004 Winner

Water quality improvement through utility leadership

ETAPA is the public municipal company for telecommunication, water supply and sanitation of the canton of Cuenca. The overall goal of ETAPA is the long-term provision of sufficient water of outstanding quality in the City of Cuenca. Therefore ETAPA’s environmental management department has an annual budget of some million USD. Its activities focus on an integral protection program in all water-sheds around the City of Cuenca.
Clean water for the Pearl River through eco-sanitation 1

2004 Winner

Clean water for the Pearl River through eco-sanitation

The Yunnan Environmental Development Institute is a local environmental NGO in Kunming, China, registered under Kunming Civil Affairs Bureau in 2003, focusing on supporting activities aimed at improving the environment in Yunnan Province as well as the neighboring areas in western China and the adjacent countries to the south, as part of the overall drive for a more sustainable development in the region.

There are no finalists in this year.

Introducing regulatory reforms in the A’Vuong watershed 1

2003 Winner

Introducing regulatory reforms in the A’Vuong watershed

WWF is a non-profit (charity) foundation with its Secretariat based in Gland, Switzerland. Currently there are more than 1300 WWF conservation projects underway around the world. The vast majority of these focus on local issues. They range from school nature gardens in Zambia, to initiatives that appear on the packaging in your local supermarket. From the restoration of orang-utan habitats to the establishment of giant panda reserves.

There are no finalists in this year.

Water users become biosphere conservers in a water funding scheme 1

2002 Winner

Water users become biosphere conservers in a water funding scheme

The Fundación Defensores de la Naturaleza is dedicated to conservation and preservation of the natural capital of Guatemala. The work of the organisation is contributed to develop the social and economic capital of the central American region based on the sustainable use of the natural resources. It is estimated that the work of the Defensores has contributed 75 % to the conservation of the flora and fauna in Guatemala.

There are no finalists in this year.