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UNCCD Newsletter Highlights Land for Life Award Winners

August 2012: The Secretariat of the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) has released issue 4.2/4.3 of UNCCD News. The latest issue features stories on the three winners of the UNCCD's first Land for Life Award.

Sustainable Organic Integrated Livelihoods (SOIL), Haiti, received the first prize, while Conservation Efforts for Community Development (CECOD), Uganda, and the Turkish Foundation for Combating Soil Erosion (TEMA), Turkey, received the second prize. The three winners, selected from 110 applications, were presented during the global celebrations of World Day to Combat Desertification held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on 17 June 2012. The criteria for the contest focused on innovation, inspiration, impact and replicability of the projects and approaches. Nominations for the Land for Life Award 2013 will open in October 2012 and can be submitted via the UNCCD website.

SOIL uses compost gained through ecological sanitation to regenerate the country's soils. CECOD is introducing primary school pupils to sustainable land management practices. And TEMA pursues its goals through a variety of activities, including education from pre-school to university, publishing books and teaching materials, and hosting one of Turkey's largest environmental libraries. [Publication: UNCCD News]