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Rewarding regeneration: The Lush Spring Prize 2018 shortlist is revealed

Regeneration projects from across the world have been shortlisted for the annual Lush Spring Prize 2018.

Over 300 nominations have been whittled down to just 53 by shortlisters from Ethical Consumer and Lush, the joint organisers of the second Lush Spring Prize.

The winners - who will share a £200,000 prize pot - will be chosen by a panel of 12 independent experts in regenerative fields, including permaculture, eco-village networks and food sovereignty.

The Lush Spring Prize, a joint venture with Ethical Consumer, celebrates innovative social and environmental regeneration projects from all around the globe, rewarding those who are tackling man-made problems with organic, human-scale solutions.

Ethical Consumer’s Anna Clayton says: “The Spring Prize rewards projects that are challenging social perceptions and working against all odds to actually heal the landscapes they are part of. We can’t have degenerative systems that take more than they can give back.”

The £200,000 prize fund benefits international environmental and social regeneration projects that go above and beyond sustainability, across four prize categories which include: Intentional projects, Young projects, Established projects, and Influence awards.

This year’s shortlisted projects include Project Planet Clean Up, Ecosystem Restoration Camps and African Biodiversity Network, which were all picked due to their holistic and regenerative approaches to overcoming ongoing environmental and/or social challenges.

The Ecosystem Restoration Camps, based in Spain, restores areas of degraded land through training people in ecosystem restoration, and has been shortlisted for the Young Projects prize category.

Project Planet Clean Up creates ‘Plastic Wood’ out of plastic waste, which not only cleans up the environment, but can then be used as a lightweight, water-resistant building material, reducing the need for deforestation. The project has been shortlisted for the Intentional Award.

Project Planet Clean Up

The African Biodiversity Network has been shortlisted for the Influence Award due to its efforts to empower local and indigenous communities, revive African bio-cultural diversity and strengthen rights, policy and legislation.

The Lush Spring Prize was launched as a pilot prize fund last year (2017). It challenges the idea that degenerative systems can carry on depleting resources and exploiting people.

Due to its roaring success, it has returned as an annual prize fund, with hopes to raise the profile of the regenerative movements and further inspire individuals, groups and communities to heal damaged environments.

The winners will be announced on 16th May 2018.

Further information on the previous winners, including MontBio, Indigenous Climate Action and La Via Campesina can be found here.

To keep up to date with this year’s nominations, find out more about the judging panel, and to get all the latest Spring Prize information, explore here.

Photos (from top): Sustainable Agriculture Tanzania; Project Planet Clean Up

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