Discover the winners of the #EyesOnEarth Contest

On 6 June the winners of the #EyesOnEarth Contest were announced at the closing event of the competition, which was the occasion to grant prizes to the winning projects, including a special "Coup de Coeur" prize for the Public Choice Award.

#EyesOnEarth closing event
Discover more about the closing event of the #EyesOnEarth Contest and learn more about the winners!

On 6 July, the #EyesOnEarth Regional Competition came to a successful conclusion with its closing event and award ceremony. Organised by DG NEAREU Neighbours South, SwitchMed/MedWaves programmeENI CBCMED, and the European Forest Institute Mediterranean Facility (EFIMED), the contest highlighted the importance of environmental preservation and promoted sustainable business models in eight countries in Southern Mediterranean (Algeria, Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, Palestine, and Tunisia).

Held in Cairo, Egypt, the #EyesOnEarth closing event gathered participants from across the Mediterranean to celebrate innovative ideas and solutions tackling concrete problems faced by the region, with a special focus on forests.

The #EyesOnEarth closing ceremony opened with a TEDxTalk, “Green Entrepreneurship 2024,” featuring an inspiring lineup of green entrepreneurs from the EU Southern Neighbourhood who shared their impactful stories and initiatives.

Watch this video recapitulating the TEDxTalk!

The event culminated with the award ceremony for the winners of the #EyesOnEarth Regional Competition.  Prizes were awarded in two different categories (Civil Society Initiatives and Eco-Innovators) to the two best projects among the eight finalists selected in March by a jury of international experts, including EFIMED’s head Michele Bozzano. A “Coup de Coeur” prize was also given to the Public Choice Award winner.

Civil Society Initiatives Category

First prize: Akkar Trail from Lebanon – Osman Taleb

Second prize : Association Affak from Algeria – Mehdi Bensira

Eco-Innovators Category

First prize: theOtherDada from Lebanon – Adib Dada

Second prize: Pistachio Grafts from Algeria – Dr. Kamel Firah

Coup de Coeur

Furange from Palestine – Saed Hanani

Have a look at this video to get an insight into the event!

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EFIMED is the Mediterranean Facility of the European Forest Institute. Based in Barcelona, Spain, it was launched in 2007.