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The Hildur Jackson Award winner is.....
Together with Gaia Trust, GEN developed the Hildur Jackson Award, a €3,000 annual prize that supports and honors projects around the world that demonstrate regenerative best-practices in all dimensions of sustainability.

The jury has had a challenging time deliberating, as we have received outstanding 25 applications from 18 countries and across all of the 5 regions. And here is the final result:

The Global Permayouth Project is the winner of the 2021 Hildur Jackson Award for Extraordinary Project

The Permayouth Project is based in Crystal Waters Ecovillage in Australia, as part of GEN Oceania & Asia. The Global Permayouth connects young people aged between 11-16 around the world – from Europe, Asia, Americas, Africa, Oceania and youth in refugee camps too. They gather together via zoom to explore what permaculture means in their local context, to learn about different ways of thinking about it and applying it.

This group is led by young people for young people, with Mentors from around the world too – Morag Gamble, Rosemary Morrow, Hannah Apricot Eckberg, Sierra Robinson, Charlie McGee, Fritjof Capra, Nora Bateson and many more to come.

They also organize a weekly newsletter, a monthly online festival, local camps, a youtube channel, and raise funds for the Permayouth clubs in refugee camps and villages. So far this year, around 1.000 young refugees across 10 camps and villages have received free permaculture training led by local teachers, and they have also been able to support the donation of tool and seed kits to start gardens, and/or seed-funding for local enterprises.

Here is the interview with several members as they share their journey and representatives of the jury highlight what made them stood out.

Watch the interview with the winners of the Hildur Jackson Award 2021

Hildur Jackson Award Runners Up

We also celebrate four other close contenders - two of them tied as third runner ups.
1st runner up: Khetee Regenerative Agroforestry Farm – India
 
Khetee restores land from monoculture practices to regenerative agroforestry where they plant around 24 types of crops grown together. Between 2020 and 2021, Khetee developed 2 acres of new Agroforestry farm in the village to best showcase the model and its benefits. Under their Agroforestry Fellowship program, 11 fellows successfully completed their fellowship. They started their new batch with 30 fellows  including 22 marginalized women to get trained in Agroforestry. Khetee was also able to reach out to remote and tribal areas of Bihar to distribute dry ration.
2nd runner up: Ayrumã Ecovillage – Brasil
 
Sustainable settlement created in 2012 in Cerrado, the Brazilian Savannah, the community has today 42 members. They carried a collaborative permacultural design aiming at the environmental regeneration and conservation of a large portion of the land, preserving waters and native species of the Cerrado biome, one of the most biodiverse regions of the world.
3rd runner up (tie): Eco-Clean Ghana
 
This Non Profit recycles waste into resources and creates entrepreneurial opportunities. During the pandemic, Eco-Clean Ghana was able to recycle over 1.5 tons of plastic waste. They also recycled over 6 tons of degradable waste such as sawdust and wheat bran into edible mushrooms. They have been able to directly organize livelihood empowerment training for 76 youth and women.
3rd runner up (tie): Boekel Ecovillage – Netherlands
 
Dutch-based project that acts as a Living Lab, a real-life test and experimentation environment for a sustainable future. The 47 members of the ecovillage are users and producers, co-creating innovation and fostering user-driven open innovation. Their lowtech innovative heat storage system is used to store summer heat into basalt and use that stored heat to warm their 36 houses for the rest of the year.  It allows allows them to balance out the top of energy production in the summer and energy demand in the winter!

Hildur Jackson Award Top Finalists

We highlight five projects and ecovillages that applied this year and were finalists of the award.
Green Village Calauan – Philippines
 
Since 2013, excluded young adults have participated in the creation and construction of Green Village Calauan in the Philippines. They became the real actors of their own development: they learned to work as a team, to manage a budget, to hold meetings with professionals such as engineers or suppliers. 2020 marked the end of the construction period, allowing them to start the second phase of the project: to become a Sustainable entrepreneurial hub.
Musu Runakuna Indigenous Community – Colombia
 
In March 2017, the Mocoa river flooded and destroyed the Musu Runakuna settlement. The Colombian government resettled them in a 69h degradeted land for the reconstruction of their territory. Joining forces, Musu Runakuna Cabildo and CASA Latina Chapter Colombia are working on the sustainable reconstruction of the community’s settlement. Today there are 145 members in the community, including the ones living there permanently and those who have to commute to generate income. 
Sonas Village – Cambodja
 
Sonas Village is a sustainable community development In Cambodia. Their first eco-village community was developed in the Takeo province of Cambodia. They have been applying the holistic eco-village model since 2013. During the pandemic, they started seven new projects in different parts of Cambodia, growing from 55 families to 250 families across 5 villages. They have also started working with the indigenous communities in Mondulkiri province to preserve their culture and create a sustainable living for the forest communities.
Inkiri Community Piracanga – Brazil
 
Founded in 2015, the community is made up of 43 adults and 15 children. They dedicate themselves to the expansion of consciousness, realizing and inspiring the transformation of the planet. Between 2020 and 2021, they distributed more than 100 baskets with basic supplies and food in 5 communities in their region, supporting more than 500 people.
Ecovillage Chitubu – Zimbabwe
 
Ecovillage Chitubu is a part of the Schools and Colleges Permaculture (SCOPE) Zimbabwe. Amidst COVID19 crisis, Ecovillage Chitubu was joined by 58 female youths and their households. Among these, 29 are female-headed households struggling to meet their daily dietary needs of the families, 27 of them are caregivers of orphaned children.
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