Applications Invited for UNCCD Land Heroes Campaign

Applications Invited for UNCCD Land Heroes Campaign

Organization: UNCCD

Apply By: 29 Feb 2024

Grant Amount: 1000 USD

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About the Organization

The UNCCD is the global voice for land. We promote practices that avoid, reduce and reverse land degradation and are the driving force behind Sustainable Development Goal 15 and Land Degradation Neutrality.

About the Grant

The UNCCD Land Heroes campaign recognizes and supports young individuals and youth-led/based organizations making positive impacts against desertification, land degradation, and drought. Through online engagement, we raise awareness, share success stories, and empower youth as change agents in sustainable land management, engaging them in implementing the convention. Building on the success of the inaugural 2020 cohort, the second cohort of Land Heroes continues to inspire and mobilize youth to promote the UNCCD's objectives.

Part of the Land for Life Programme, #LandHeroes showcases youth's dedication to sustainable land management. These organizations and individuals share transformative journeys through social media, videos, blogs, and our dedicated website, amplifying their contributions and recognizing both young men and women as critical forces for positive change. Join us in celebrating these remarkable land champions.


The Land Heroes campaign aims to identify, celebrate, and support youth aged 18-35 engaged in sustainable land management, raising awareness of land's link to biodiversity and climate. By sharing stories, we inspire change, unite youth, provide mentorship, and showcase the transformative power of collective efforts.

Campaign goals:

  • Raise awareness of land's connection to biodiversity and climate
  • Spotlight diverse ways youth positively impact the land
  • Share inspiring stories showcasing collective progress
  • Empower youth to spread campaign messages and take action
  • Provide mentorship in sustainable land management
  • Share success stories to foster understanding and awareness

Categories of Land Heroes:

  • Drought resilience
  • Land restoration
  • Inclusivity and equality
  • Science and innovation

Key features of Land Heroes:

  • Youth engagement (18-35) in addressing land challenges
  • Role models inspiring peers through dedication
  • Inspirational leadership mobilizing youth for collective responsibility
  • Passionate and dedicated to combating desertification and degradation
  • Vision for change: Clear understanding and innovative strategies
  • Collaboration with stakeholders for effective partnerships
  • Strong communication: Effective online presence to inspire action

Benefits for Land Heroes:

  • Grant of US$1,000 for top finalists in each category
  • Attendance at high-level UNCCD meetings
  • Publicity and recognition through interviews, media, and social platforms
  • Mentorship for leadership, communication, and project management
  • Opportunities to support UNCCD through advocacy, workshops, and content creation
  • Participation in challenges and innovation forums
  • Coordination with other Land Heroes for workshops and collaborative projects

How to Apply

Deadline extended: 29 February 2024

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