Climate Governance Malaysia (CGM) has designed The Hornbill Award Competition 2021, with the support of partners such as corporate sponsors (Areca Capital, Astro, Better Malaysia Foundation, CIMB Foundation, Tenaga Nasional, Yayasan Hasanah, Yayasan Sime Darby), audit and consulting firm (PwC), as well as leading content and media houses (Eco-Business, IslamicMarkets.com).  

 

The winner of The Hornbill Award will walk away with prize money of RM105,000 which judges will award to one Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) or Civil Society Organization (CSO) to fund an innovative proposal in response to the theme identified for the competition. The selection will culminate during Climate Week New York (CWNY), which is the largest climate event of the year, and this decision will take into account audience voting as well. 

 

We invited NGOs to focus on the area of Conservation, dealing with the preservation and management of biodiversity and natural resources. It is a discipline that is emerging rapidly as a result of the accelerating deterioration of natural systems and the worldwide epidemic of species extinctions.

 

This initiative would be aligned to the National Biodiversity Policy's Target 17 which anticipates that by 2025, there is a significant increase in funds and resources mobilised for the conservation of biodiversity from both government and non-government sources and specifically, Action 17.1 which recognises the need to develop coordinated partnerships with the private sector to channel funds to priority biodiversity conservation projects.

 

In addition, The Hornbill Award will provide an opportunity for businesses to support:

  • Sustainability and climate resilience; 

  • Malaysia’s commitment, under the Paris Agreement, to reduce Greenhouse Gas (GHG) emissions by 45% by 2030 in relation to our 2005 emissions intensity of GDP, and in addition, to maintain at least 50% level of forest & tree conservation; and 

  • Commitment to UN Sustainable Development Goals, namely SDG13 (Climate Action), SDG14 (Life Below Water), SDG15 (Life On Land) and SDG17 (Partnership for the Goals). 

 

In turn, during an extremely difficult and challenging pandemic, CGM will provide the shortlisted entities access to a global platform to showcase their work, giving them an opportunity to promote their good work and attract funders for projects in climate action and biodiversity conservation.

 

This initiative will allow different stakeholders to form a collective towards concerted action on climate change and biodiversity conservation. 

 

CGM’s aspirations are that the funded project will deliver long-term benefits on biodiversity, which in turn will impact the environment, the health and livelihoods of the communities in the areas defined by the project.

Congratulations to our 6 finalists who will be competing in the grand finale at the Climate Week New York!

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