The United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) reported on Tuesday that a Peruvian environmentalist was awarded in the 2022 Champions of the Earth contest, where they present “innovative projects to support the extraordinary capacity for renewal that characterizes nature.” .
The award corresponding to Latin America was obtained by the Co-founder of the Association of Andean Ecosystems and president of Acción Andina, Constantino Aucca Chutas, who restored 30,000 hectares of land in Peru and managed to plant more than three million trees.
Similarly, the international agency awarded a Lebanese company, a British economist, a Cameroonian women’s rights activist and an Indian biologist.
According to the UN, the awards pay tribute to an ecologist, a business, an economist, a women’s rights activist and a wildlife biologist for their transformative action to prevent, stop and reverse the degradation of ecosystems.
Conservation became a necessity,’ said Aucca in an interview scheduled by the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP), who pointed out that the Peruvian environmental activist’s call to defend nature was strengthened at the request of his grandparents , indigenous Quechua farmers.
“They told me, look, your name is Aucca, it means warrior. Try to do something for us, the farmers,” said Constantino Aucca Chutas.
“The initiative helped Indigenous communities, a traditionally marginalized group, to guarantee legal rights to their lands and establish protected areas for their native forests,” the UN said.
For her part, the executive director of the Program, Inger Andersen, stated that “healthy and functional ecosystems are essential to prevent the climate emergency and the loss of biodiversity from causing irreversible damage to our planet. This year’s Champions of the Earth give us hope that our relationship with nature can be mended.”
The annual Champions of the Earth award is the UN’s highest environmental award and since its creation in 2005 it has been awarded to people who coordinate and defend initiatives to care for nature.