SEKEM was selected to be the winner of the 2015 Land for Life Award for its outstanding commitment to combating soil erosion and protecting soil fertility through sustainable agriculture in Egypt. The award ceremony was held in Inner Mongolia with a large number of high-level decision makers and politicians from all over the world.
“We are impressed by your organization’s achievement in revitalizing dry lands thorough biodynamic agriculture methods”, the Land for Life committee said. “Your continuous contribution to sustainable land management as well as the contribution your organization has made towards human development is imposing.” SEKEM received the Land for Life Award on 28 July on the occasion of the 5th Kubuqi International Desert Forum in Inner Mongolia. SEKEM representative Maximilian Abouleish-Boes, Chief Sustainable Development Officer, accepted the Award. He pointed out that SEKEM is proud to be selected and to be able to demonstrate that a part of a more sustainable life on earth lies in working with nature and not against it on the basis of a new and different approach to doing business. “We need fertile land not only for ecological reasons but also to implement societal and cultural development as well as an economy of love”, he said during his speech in China.
The Kubuqi International Desert Forum focused on approaches to combat Desertification, Land Degradation and Drought (DLDD). High-level decision makers, planners and experts from a number of continents participated to highlight the urgency of the topic. Aside from Maximilian Abouleish-Boes, former British Prime Ministers Tony Blair also gave a speech and Ban Ki Moon, Secretary General of the United Nations, contributed through a video message.
Helmy Abouleish sent his greetings and expressed his gratitude from Egypt by saying that receiving the Land for Life Award is supporting SEKEM to combat Egypt’s key problems, such as its dependence on food imports, water scarcity, widespread poverty, as well as the lack of appropriate education. “We accept this award with deep gratitude and as further motivation for our efforts to preserve and develop “land for life” in Egypt”, the SEKEM CEO said. At the same time he expressed his appreciation of all SEKEM partners and supporters who have contributed for more than 38 years to creating SEKEM, a “miracle in the desert”.