We are delighted to announce that the winner of the 2021 St Andrews Prize for the Environment is Snowchange Cooperative, for their project Landscape Rewilding Programme. Snowchange will receive a $100,000 cash prize to further their efforts in the Arctic and the boreal.
Runners-up Planet Indonesia and Cities Without Hunger Brazil will each receive a cash prize of $25,000 to enable them to expand and scale their projects.
Watch the 2021 final
Snowchange Cooperative - Winner
Landscape Rewilding Programme
Originally founded in 2000, Snowchange Cooperative is a network of Indigenous and local-traditional communities working on cultural, environmental and science issues. They primarily support programmes in the boreal and the Arctic to advance Indigenous cultural issues and wellbeing, rewilding and ecosystem restoration, as well as landscape-scale restoration of community lands.
Using Indigenous and traditional knowledge alongside the latest science and research, their Landscape Rewilding Programme rebuilds community- and Indigenous-relevant lands, forests and waters into biodiversity hotspots, carbon sinks, carbon stores, and healthy environments.
The Arctic and the boreal ecosystems are hardest hit by rapidly advancing climate change, yet the northern peatlands and associated forests contain at least one third of the world's soil-based carbon. Using Indigenous and traditional knowledge alongside the latest science and research, the Landscape Rewilding Programme restores and rewilds landscape-wide degraded ecosystems, especially peatlands, in the boreal back to health. Biodiversity issues are immediately alleviated, carbon sinks start to refunction, and water pollution is reduced, improving the health and wellbeing of the communities.
Planet Indonesia - Runner up
Conserving Mangroves and Restoring Coastal Fisheries through a Community-led Integrated Landscape Initiative
Planet Indonesia was established in 2014 and is dedicated to the conservation of at-risk ecosystems through village-led partnerships. They have pioneered a model of community-based conservation by partnering with local communities living around the remaining vestiges of intact forests and at-risk seascapes in West Kalimantan, Indonesia.
Low incomes, a degrading natural resource base, and poor access to social and financial services have led coastal communities to increase unsustainable exploitation of surrounding mangroves and their fisheries in order to meet basic needs. Planet Indonesia addresses these issues through a Conservation Cooperatives (CC) model, which supports the development of resilient livelihoods, creates access to health and education services, and develops local capacity to manage mangrove resources sustainably. These community-led cooperatives operate as self-reliant natural resource governance institutions while simultaneously delivering a variety of services to change the social-ecological trajectory of the ecosystems they reside in.
By unlocking the potential for protecting the surrounding environment, the Conservation Cooperatives have strengthened socio-ecological resilience by reducing rural poverty, improving food security, and engaging communities in resource management to catalyse conservation outcomes.
Cities Without Hunger Brazil - Runner up
Organic Urban Gardens São Paulo
Cities Without Hunger Brazil was founded in 2004 with the aim of reducing poverty and inequality through the introduction of large-scale sustainable organic agriculture within cities.
They have regenerated large expanses of abandoned land and provided employment for marginalised groups, while also improving nutrition by giving the local population access to healthy, pesticide-free food.
Their 27 urban gardens produce organic food using sustainable agricultural planting and water management techniques and are located close to consumers in order to reduce food waste and fuel emissions caused by transport. The gardens employ 471 workers and generate income for more than 3,000 people. The variety of food, trees and plants within the gardens helps to boost biodiversity by attracting insects, birds and other animals into the city.