The Heiveld Co-operative in South Africa has been awarded the prestigious Equator Prize for Sustainable Land Management in Sub-Saharan Africa, awarded by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) for initiatives in developing countries that demonstrate sustainable development.
There were 1 234 entrants for this prize and the Heiveld, which produces rooibos tea, is one of the ten winners. The members of the Heiveld are honoured that their efforts have been recognised in this way.
The criteria for awarding the prize include improved community wellbeing and local livelihoods through sustainable natural resource management, enduring institutional, operational and financial sustainability, innovation and transferability, leadership and community empowerment, empowerment of women and social inclusion, resilience, adaptability, and self-sufficiency.
Two members of the Co-operative will travel to Nairobi, Kenya, from the 12th to the 18th of June this year to receive the award. As a prize winner the Heiveld will now be considered for the global Special Recognition Award, which will be presented in the course of the UN Secretary-General’s Climate Summit and the World Conference on Indigenous Peoples in New York in September 2014.