A Rocha International is thrilled to announce we have been nominated for the prestigious 2024 Earthshot Prize. The Earthshot Prize, founded by Prince William and The Royal Foundation, seeks to identify and reward innovative solutions addressing the world’s most pressing environmental challenges. A Rocha’s nomination in the Protect and Restore Nature category is a testament to our commitment to advance biodiversity conservation globally.
A Rocha put forth our faith-based conservation solution which mobilizes Christians to protect and restore nature across six continents by operationalizing our 5 Commitments (5Cs) in landscapes and seascapes (‘scapes) around the world:
- CONSERVATION: We develop or support a vision for ‘scapes, implementing conservation science and action.
- COLLABORATE: We engage with a variety of organizations, governments, and individuals who share the vision for the ‘scape.
- CHRISTIAN: We inspire churches to become agents of change, connecting faith with environmental stewardship.
- COMMUNITY: We foster positive relationships, run educational programmes, and initiate livelihood projects in local communities.
- CULTURE: We draw on insights and skills from diverse cultures, locally and globally.
Our solution actively protects vital marine and terrestrial sites, restores degraded areas, and reduces impact on important conservation areas.
The local anchoring, cultural diversity and varying capacity of our network offer an adaptable approach based on local context. We start our nature conservation journey from where people are at in each ‘scape, nurturing their momentum, leadership, and long-term ambitions.
Presently, this model benefits 45,500 hectares of land, impacting over 20,000 people and churches across four continents. With aspirations to expand, we aim to safeguard an additional 90,000 hectares and involve over 30,000 people and churches on six continents within the next three years.
An expert advisory panel will rigorously evaluate the nominated solutions, narrowing down the Top 15 candidates to become Earthshot Prize Finalists, and then ultimately name the five Earthshot Prize Winners toward the end of 2024. Please pray for A Rocha as our nomination is considered for the 2024 Earthshot Prize. Learn more about the Earthshot Prize, its impactful mission, and previous winners and finalists.