The SDSN-Amazon Award aims to encourage innovation, creativity and initiatives of solutions already implemented to face the most challenging problems of sustainable development in the Amazon. The award is promoted annually and is one of SDSN-Amazon's initiatives. This initiative seeks to recognize and give visibility to existing sustainable development solutions and aims to stimulate and disseminate successful practices and recognize them as possible solutions for the sustainable development of the Amazon.
During the Amazon Solutions Day, at COP 21, the SDSN Amazon Award announced its winners. The award, which was launched in 2014 at COP 20 in Lima, identified and recognized the best socioenvironmental solutions related to the sustainable development in the Amazon.
The initiative was opened to actions carried out and implemented by private, public, academic and third sector organizations in the Continental Amazon: Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, Guyana, Peru, Suriname and Venezuela. Three organizations in the categories of Education, Management of Protected Areas and Infrastructure were considered as the best solutions for the socioenvironmental issues related to the sustainable development of the continental Amazon. In the 2014 edition, the three winners were the Association of Rural Family Houses of the State of Pará (Arcafar / Pará), the Coca-Cola Brazil Institute (Amazonas) and Ikiam University (Ecuador).
A committee of experts judged ten finalists from the following evaluation criteria: forward thinking, replicability potential, originality and innovation of the project, use of participatory methodologies, networking and intersectoral partnerships and relevance of the project to the specificities of the Amazon.