For the second consecutive year, the British brand of hand-made products Lush, along with the Ethical Consumer Research Association – specialist in research and consultancy work on environment, animal rights and human rights issues – will hold the Lush Spring Prize, which seeks to reward initiatives that disseminate social and environmental regeneration.

The proposal for this year’s award was to find solutions to problems related to indigenous land rights, land degradation, natural disasters, access to water, loss of biodiversity, sanitation, conflict and refugees, oceans and marginalization. The projects will be awarded in four different categories: foreign projects, new projects, established projects and influence prizes.

There were more than 300 entries for this year’s award, and 53 initiatives were chosen to be part of the competition. Participants come from six continents and 29 different countries, including Malaysia, Zimbabwe, Palestine, Greece and Brazil, which has four selected projects.

Selected Brazilian projects

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Quilombas Florestais – Vale do Ribeira

– Quilombola Forest Agents, to recover the ciliary forest of the Quilombo St. Rosa dos Pretos, in Maranhão, with the planting of native trees of the Igarape Samauma River.
– Cupulate of Acará, a type of chocolate developed from cupuaçu, a an Amazonian fruit. The project, based on regenerative agriculture, should generate additional income for the Amazonian village.

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– Guaracy, of syntropical agriculture (agroforestry farming system) that connects rural producers from the Settlement of the Ho Chi Minh Landless Movement to organic markets and fairs in Minas Gerais.
– And the Thydêwá project, which has existed for 18 years, competes for the award of established projects. It promotes intercultural dialogue between indigenous and non-indigenous peoples on the value of diversity, cultures and traditional knowledge.

The awards will be held at Emerson College, Sussex, England, from 14 to 16 May. The winners will be chosen by a panel of 12 judges predominantly engaged in social regeneration and announced on the evening of May 15.

Additional information and application form: http://springprize.org/the-prizes/