Trees, Water & People (TWP) has been honored by the United Nations Environmental Programme (UNEP) with the 2009-10 Sasakawa Prize for their work collaborating with local NGOs to distribute fuel-efficient cook stoves to communities in Honduras, Guatemala, El Salvador, Nicaragua and Haiti. TWP shared the prize with Nuru Design, a company bringing rechargeable lights to villages in Rwanda, Kenya and India.
The UNEP Sasakawa Prize, worth $200,000, is presented each year to sustainable and replicable grassroots projects around the planet. The winners received the prestigious Sasakawa Prize at an award ceremony in Bali on February 23rd attended by dozens of Environment Ministers during the 11th Special Session of the UNEP Governing Council.
The 2009-10 theme for the Sasakawa Prize is “Green Solutions to Combat Climate Change.” The winners, selected by a panel of four people including Nobel Peace Prize Laureate and UN Messenger of Peace Wangari Maathai, will receive $100,000 each in order to expand and develop their grassroots projects.
Achim Steiner, UNEP Executive Director and UN Under-Secretary-General who chaired the Jury Panel, said, “Combating climate change is not just up to governments: it starts at the grassroots level, as communities tap into the power of renewables and sustainable technologies. Through pioneering green ovens and sustainable lighting, Nuru Design and Trees, Water & People are changing the lives of thousands of schoolchildren, housewives and villagers across Latin America, Africa and India. This is the Green Economy of tomorrow, in action today.”
For more information about the prize please visit http://www.unep.org/sasakawa/info_materials.asp .