Deadline: October 15, 2023
Applications for the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) Land Heroes Campaign 2023 are now open. The UNCCD Land Heroes campaign recognizes and supports young individuals and youth-led/based organizations making positive impacts against desertification, land degradation, and drought.
Through online engagement, they raise awareness, share success stories, and empower youth as change agents in sustainable land management, engaging them in implementing the convention. Building on the success of the inaugural 2020 cohort, the second cohort of Land Heroes continues to inspire and mobilize youth to promote the UNCCD’s objectives.
About the Land Heroes Campaign
Part of the Land for Life Programme, LandHeroes showcases youth’s dedication to sustainable land management. These organizations and individuals share transformative journeys through social media, videos, blogs, and our dedicated website, amplifying their contributions and recognizing both young men and women as critical forces for positive change. Join them in celebrating these remarkable land champions.
Categories of Land Heroes
- Drought resilience:
- Early warning systems: Implementing proactive measures to anticipate and respond to drought conditions effectively.
- Mitigating the effects of drought: Innovative strategies for drought impact mitigation and ensure water availability.
- Adopting scalable and inclusive approaches: Promoting strategies that can be expanded to larger scales and inclusive of vulnerable populations to enhance drought resilience.
- Land restoration:
- Large-scale land restoration: Leadership in restoring degraded land on a large scale, contributing to ecosystem restoration and biodiversity conservation.
- Community-level land restoration: Impactful initiatives restoring degraded land at the community level, enhancing livelihoods and resilience.
- Inclusivity and equality:
- Gender equality and women’s empowerment: Initiatives promoting gender equality in land ownership, decision-making, and conservation efforts
- Social equity: Initiatives promoting poverty eradication, social cohesion, etc.
- Indigenous knowledge: Amplifying indigenous knowledge and practices, recognizing their vital role in sustainable land management
- Science and innovation:
- Innovation: Innovative approaches in sustainable land management
- Technology: Harnessing technology for land monitoring, data analysis, and knowledge-sharing on sustainable practices
- Science and Research: Contributions to scientific research and evidence-based decision-making in land management
- Grant of US$1,000 for top finalists in each category.
- Attendance at high-level UNCCD meetings.
- Publicity and recognition through interviews, media, and social platforms.
- Mentorship for leadership, communication, and project management.
- Opportunities to support UNCCD through advocacy, workshops, and content creation.
- Participation in challenges and innovation forums.
- Coordination with other Land Heroes for workshops and collaborative projects.
- Open to youth between 18-35 years, engaged in addressing land challenges;
- Role models inspiring peers through dedication;
- Inspirational leadership mobilizing youth for collective responsibility;
- Passionate and dedicated to combating desertification and degradation;
- Vision for change: Clear understanding and innovative strategies;
- Collaboration with stakeholders for effective partnerships;
- Strong communication: Effective online presence to inspire action.
For more information, visit Land Heroes Campaign.