Climate Action Awards East Africa

ICPAC launches East African Climate Action awards on the run-up to COP26

26 Apr, 2021 Announcement 666


Why now?

This regional Climate Action Awards aim at giving visibility to local mitigation and adaptation solutions from Eastern Africa. In a context of a global Climate Emergency, there is a need to give visibility to viable and scalable solutions. The Awards aim at recognizing innovative East African initiatives that are already contributing to #NetZero and supporting resilience building.


The campaign builds on the UNFCCC Climate Action Awards (Climate Neutral Now) and aims at showcasing successful solutions that can accelerate the transition to low carbon economies in Eastern Africa.

The campaign is part of a wide effort to mobilize climate action and ambition, as governments work toward implementing the Paris Climate Change Agreement and the Sustainable Development Goals and to increase the visibility of African solutions.

Participants to the Climate Action awards will submit their solution to a category:

  • Climate Neutral Now (Smart Cities, Smart Agriculture, Nature-Based Solutions, Transport and Energy, Software and Data)
  • Financing for Net Zero
  • Women for results
  • Youth for Climate
  • Media for Climate (Radio, TV, multimedia, web, Art, Music)


The winners of the Climate Action Awards will become Earth Ambassadors in the East Africa region. The winner in each category will be featured in a video documentary to be presented during COP26. In the category “Youth for Climate” and “Media for Climate”, the winners will be awarded a Podcast kit.

How do I submit my initiative?

Submit your initiative to, and publish it on Twitter under the Hashtag #EarthChampionAfrica before the 15th of September tagging @icpac_igad.

What should I submit?

  • Summary of your solution and how it contributes to climate neutrality and resilience in the region
  • Hyperlinks to your solution or your work
  • A short video of yourself explaining your solution (optional)


Submissions have to be sent before the 15th of September, 2021. Winners will be announced on September 30th, 2021.

Criteria to select winners

Initiatives will be evaluated by an international advisory panel, who will evaluate the submissions based on:

  • Contributions to Net Zero carbon emissions
  • Innovation and creativity
  • For the Youth and Media, periodicity, consistency in reporting, and the capacity to engage audiences and lead change
  • Scalability






Climate Action Awards Acknowledgements

Tags: East Africa , Climate Action , Awards , Earth Ambassadors , COP26