The Albertine Rift Conservation Society (ARCOS), a Regional Conservation and Development NGO, longlisted for prestigious Ashden Award 2021

ARCOS has been longlisted for a prestigious Ashden Award for Natural Climate Solution. Ashden, a UK charity, has been supporting transformative climate solutions for 20 years. More than 800 organisations applied for the 2021 Ashden Awards, and ARCOS is one of just 38 to have made it to the longlisting stage.

ARCOS has been longlisted for a prestigious Ashden Award for Natural Climate Solution. Ashden, a UK charity, has been supporting transformative climate solutions for 20 years. More than 800 organisations applied for the 2021 Ashden Awards, and ARCOS is one of just 38 to have made it to the longlisting stage. Award winners will be announced this autumn – after a rigorous assessment and judging process involving on-the-ground visits and input from sector experts.

ARCOS is a regional Conservation and development NGO created in 1995 with the mission to enhance biodiversity conservation and sustainable management of natural resources in the Albertine Rift Region through the promotion of collaborative conservation actions for nature and people.  

“Over the last 10 years, one of the fast growing and transformational programmes has been the Nature-Based Community Development Programme, aimed at building partnership with a network of community groups across the Albertine Rift region. Engaged through an integrated approach, these communities play a key role in promoting sustainable nature-based solutions to climate change, as well as sustainable livelihoods. “Over the last 12 months, the network of community groups supported by ARCOS in the Albertine Rift region increased from 32 to 280 group members, involving 50,000 people as immediate beneficiaries. We expect to reach 100,000 people as direct beneficiaries working from over 900 community groups by 2025 as we continue to engage more stakeholders and initiatives in the region”. Said Dr Sam Kanyamibwa, the Executive Director of ARCOS 

Ashden’s CEO Harriet Lamb said: “In the year that governments, climate innovators and activists gather at the COP26 global climate summit in Glasgow, these inspiring climate champions demonstrate the many solutions that can be replicated at scale and speed. 

“The Ashden Awards focus on cutting-edge initiatives that are both green and fair – that deliver climate justice, create good jobs, train people in green skills, and cut carbon. 

“This year we have an amazing array of initiatives to choose from and judging is going to be tough! We cannot wait to showcase their outstanding innovations to the world when we announce the winners this autumn.” 

Through its awards and ongoing networking and support, Ashden spotlights and supports climate and energy innovators around the world – including businesses, non-profits and public sector organisations delivering proven, ready-to-scale climate solutions.  

Dr Sam Kanyamibwa, The Executive Director of ARCOS Said: “ARCOS is very much humbled to figure among the winners of the Ashden Award 2021. This is a very good sign of the recognition of the hard work of ARCOS community, including our Board members, our staff, and the community we serve. ARCOS will continue to support the governments and the communities to face the growing challenges we have, with accelerating climate change, economic inequality as our environment and its precious ecosystem services deteriorate. Our strategy has worked so far, and our immediate focus now is to build on our success”.