It's better late than never. The Mediterranean Ecologist Group (GEM), which presented its 2019 and 2020 DUNA Awards on Monday night, was unavoidably postponed to 2022 by the coronavirus crisis.
There are some awards that recognize individuals, groups or companies for their contributions to the protection of the environment, sustainable development, and the proper management of natural resources.
Santiaga Sanchez Porcel was the 2019 recipient of the Ecofarm and Rancher Award. She was unable to attend due to health reasons but was honored for her efforts in producing and for her environmental education and defense activities in the Los Velez area.
Pepe Cespedes also awarded Onda Cero a prize for its nature photography contest. This has helped to build a formidable documentary bank on Pachamama as well as the natural environments in the province. It runs through several municipalities in Almeria.
The Experimental Station Las Palmerillas de Cajamar Caja Rural was also recognized in the above edition. It was awarded for developing agricultural research projects that aim to optimize the use of natural resources, adapt crops to new climate conditions, or develop more sustainable models for the provincial agricultural production system.
The GEM decided to recognize individuals or entities who are committed to the circular economy as well as those that care about the environment when determining the 2020 winners. Thus, he awarded a prize to Frutilados del Poniente S.L. Recognizing the contribution of this society in which 25 companies from fruit and vegetable sectors of the region participate, he awarded Frutilados del Poniente S.L. a prize. The company already collects product waste from warehouses that was left in landfills and converts it into livestock feed. It plans to include plant remains in its livestock feed to enrich it further. The company's goal for the short-term is to process 65,000 tonnes of waste annually.
Award presentation. / IDEAL
Celine Feutry was another winner for her dedication to Cabo de Gata-Nijar and her active involvement in rallying against the plans to open a Genoves hotel. It started by itself and then teamed up with several organizations to gather more than 200,000 signatures in Spain, Almeria and other European countries to oppose a project that threatens a sensitive and emblematic space like the Bay of Genoveses.
Isabel Jimenez, an Almeria journalist who is currently the presenter for Tele5's news, was honored for her contribution to all of her activities, professional or personal. She has a strong environmentalist character and a dedication to caring for the environment. Not only does she collect information to improve natural environments, but she also supports the Slow Life philosophy and the No Plastic movement. Her book, "And you, what would your actions be to save the Earth?" was also published. She explains her strong commitment to the circular economy in her book 'And you, what would you do to save the planet?
The DUNA Awards always include the counterpoint of the Carbon' mentions. In 2020, the Junta de Andalucia and their Minister of Agriculture, Livestock, Fisheries and Sustainable Development were awarded and the Nijar City Council, in its person, was awarded the DUNA awards. "For trying to implement the project to transform an old farmhouse into 4-star hotel within a special protected area like the bay of Genoveses", and "for authorizing or permitting wild pruning in times of breeding of birds species or the absence of care in most of the green areas."