More than 600 nominated projects from 120 countries were analyzed and “Mujeres y Ambiente SPR de RL de CV” was chosen on June 5, 2020 as one of the 10 winners for being, according to the Technical Advisory Committee, “an outstanding example of a local, nature-based solution to climate change and sustainable development.”
The Women and Environment association is a women-led initiative in the state of Querétaro in Mexico, with the support of the Autonomous University of Querétaro (UAQ), the Regional Centre for Watershed Training and Provital, to develop cosmetic products made from local plants in accordance with the Nagoya Protocol, which promotes fair trade and sustainable development.
The Women and Environment association promotes agricultural micro-businesses and is committed to the conservation of biodiversity and the recovery and regulation of crops and nurseries. These initiatives empower women to create jobs and improve life in their communities based on a traditional knowledge of medicinal plants and herbs. In addition to a commitment to social responsibility, these initiatives have become an essential part of the supply chain for the cosmetics industry and serve as an example of environmental conservation based on the sustainable use of natural resources.
The Women and Environment association will receive $10,000 and the prize winners will be celebrated at various events that will take place in September during Climate Week in New York, in parallel with the UN General Assembly and Nature Summit.
The prize received by the “Women and Environment” project, supported by Provital, highlights the value of careing for the environment and is a further example of the alignment of these values with those of society in terms of promoting equity, justice, social responsibility and sustainable development. Because, as Provital stated in its manifesto, “taking care is the force that moves us forward, and taking care is taking action.”