A school in Iraq that plans to save thousands of litres of water over three years with its greenhouse and a Jordanian enterprise that delivers energy to Syrian refugees are among the winners of the 2023 Zayed Sustainability Prize.
The 10 initiatives chosen from 30 finalists competing in five categories — health, food, water, energy and global high schools — were announced on the opening day of Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week.
President Sheikh Mohamed congratulated the winners.
“Consistent with the commitment of the UAE to support impactful, innovative and inspiring sustainability solutions around the world, I am proud to congratulate the winners of the Zayed Sustainability Prize 2023 and to honour their achievements in this vitally important field,” he said on Twitter.
بمشاركة عدد من قادة الدول الصديقة، كرمنا الفائزين "بجائزة زايد للاستدامة 2023"..بجهود كوادرنا الوطنية وشركائنا أصبحت الإمارات مركزاً عالمياً رئيسياً للبحث في الحلول المبتكرة لدعم أجندة الاستدامة في العالم. pic.twitter.com/9Q2MCred05
— محمد بن زايد (@MohamedBinZayed) January 16, 2023
This year, the prize received a record 4,538 applications from 152 countries.
In the health, food, energy and water categories, each winner receives $600,000 (Dh2.2 million).
The global high schools category has six winners, with each receiving up to $100,000.
The $3 million annual prize, which was launched in 2008, supports sustainable projects that are kind to the environment.
Winners in the health, food, energy and water categories were:
Associação Expedicionários da Saúde (EDS), a non-profit organisation that provides specialised medical and surgical care for indigenous communities geographically isolated within the Amazon through its Mobile Hospital Complex.
Based in Brazil, EDS has a complex equipped with operating rooms and state-of-the-art medical appliances. To date, EDS has performed more than 1,900 operations and provided healthcare services to 35,000 people.
Ynsect, a small French business, has improved the lives of 30 million people by producing sustainable nutrition products and natural fertilisers for fish farming and human consumption.
Ynsect has Europe’s first-of-its-kind insect factory that is equipped with vertical farming and integrated biorefining set-up which produces insect protein and natural insect fertilisers.