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Global SolutionSearch Contest names 10 finalists

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solutionsearch awardSolution Search announced the ten finalists for the worldwide contest in sustainability, conservation and development. Solution Search is an innovative contest created by Rare an international environmental organization.  This global contest is designed to reward and disseminates ideas working in sustainability, conservation and development.

The list of its 10 finalists for the 2017 “Farming for Biodiversity” contest is released now. This year’s theme showcases innovative ideas that make farming more sustainable, and promote behaviors that strengthen biodiversity across the agricultural sector, explains IFOAM Organics International.

A panel of experts from conservation, development, media, finance and other professions narrowed a field of 338 entrants down to 10 based on entrants’ proven success in implementing biodiversity-friendly approaches to farming, and the potential for scaling their solutions to achieve positive and broad spread environmental, social and economic outcomes.

Interested parties are invited to read, analyze and ultimately vote for their favorite of the finalists at solutionsearch.org by 7 July 2017.The grand prize winner will receive $30,000, with four additional category prizes of $15,000 awarded for specific excellence in Social/Community Impact, Biodiversity Impact, Food Security/Nutrition Impact and Water Impact. All finalists are invited to attend a workshop and awards ceremony at the November UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) Conference of the Parties (COP) in Bonn, Germany, alongside some of the biggest names in conservation and development.

“In communities around the world, people are coming up with innovative and inspiring ideas to tackle huge environmental challenges, which directly impact people’s health and livelihood,” said Brett Jenks, CEO of Rare, the organization that founded Solution Search. “Many of these ideas can be replicated and their positive impact can spread—if other practitioners learn about them. Solution Search shines a spotlight on proven successful approaches, and brings their benefits to more communities around the world.”

"The entries for this competition have shown us that farmers are amongst the greatest innovators in the world with firsthand knowledge of the solutions food and farming needs. We should to listen to them more." added André Leu, President of IFOAM – Organics International, a partner organization in Solution Search.

The 10 Solution Search Finalists


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