Okayama Award 2020 winners: From zero food waste to preserving maritime cultural heritage

From climate change to loss of biodiversity and poverty, the world is facing unprecedented interconnected crises. In September 2015, world leaders adopted the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda in order to tackle these challenges and build a sustainable future.

Since the establishment of the ‘Okayama Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) Project’ in 2005, diverse stakeholders have been working together to promote ESD in the region. Ever since, Okayama has played a leading role in accelerating collaborative actions among the ESD community and rewarded outstanding projects and practices in local communities around the world.

Each year, two winners are selected to receive the ‘Global Prize’. Previous award winners include projects such as: Strengthening Capacities of Communities for Inclusive Community-based Disaster Risk Reduction (Philippines, 2019), Water Kiosk at School (Kenya, 2016), and Sustainable Development through Protection and Conservation of Forests and Biodiversity, Education, Society, Economy and Environment by Addressing the Negative Impacts of Climate Change' (Bangladesh, 2015), have received the Okayama Award.

This year, 83 applications were submitted from 33 countries in the first-round of selection. In the end the winners were selected by a jury from a pool of 14 nominated projects. The 2020 ‘Global Prize’ winners cover topics from zero food waste to preserving maritime cultural heritage.

Empowering Communities for Food Waste Recycling and Sustainable Urban Farming

Submitted by the University of Malaya in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, this zero food waste project converts more than 300 tons of food waste into compost. The composting method contributes to the reduction of carbon dioxide emissions by more than 5,000 tons. The project also provides training and agricultural programs on composting food waste for more than 10,000 individuals in the local community.

The project has not only directly led to cost effective food waste disposal, but has also contributed to urban agriculture, waste management, energy conservation, and helped promote sustainable food production and healthy lifestyles among the community members.

Furthermore, the project aims to increase income through the sale of agricultural products, while implementing an economically effective system by minimizing food waste, leading to improved livelihoods for urban farmers and low-income people.

Check out this video to learn more about the project.

Formentera Project: Conservation and integration of Maritime Cultural Heritage in the island community

Submitted and led by the Instituto Balear de Estudious en Argueologia Maritima(IBEAM)/ Balearic Institute of Maritime Archaeology Studies(IBEAM) in Spain, this project protects, preserves and disseminates the Marine Cultural Heritage (MCH) of the Balearic Islands, Spain.

IBEAM was established in 2012 with the participation of various stakeholders to research. The project aids in significantly reducing environmental risks and impacts by working with government agencies and local companies to promote advanced educational programs through education and research. It also protects coastal and marine cultural heritage. IBEAM aims to improve social equality, strengthen social cohesion, promote mutual understanding, and improve economic benefits.

Take a looks at this video to learn more about the project.
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