tvebiomovies 2017

Global Youth Video Competition | Short Films – Invasive Species | Short Films – Protected Areas

tvebiomovies 2017 linked competition categories to the Sustainable Development Goals



Global youth video competition on climate change

The UN Framework Convention on Climate Change and the UNDP/GEF Small Grant Programme teamed up once again with tve to launch a video competition for the best youth climate projects happening around the globe.  Entrants sent us an inspiring video diary, a maximum of three minutes long, in one of two categories:

Entries were received from 94 countries with a total of 247 videos submitted – the shortlist of 40 vlogs received over 400,000 views on You Tube.  View a compilation of the shortlisted entries here:

The two winners were flown to Bonn, Germany to attend the COP23 Conference and work with the UNFCCC media team.

Adarsh Prathap from India won the Oceans and climate change category

Younes Lamsaoui from Morocco won the Climate friendly and resilient cities category

Short film proposals competition


GEF Prize for Invasive Alien Species

Invasive alien species are organisms which are non-native to a certain environment that cause, or could cause harm to the environment, economy and human health. The globalization of trade, travel, and transport is increasing the rate at which these species move around the world. The estimated damage from invasive species worldwide totals 5% of the global economy. IAS impact human health through disease, and pathogens and parasites may be IAS or may be introduced because of the existence of IAS.

Islands are particularly affected by the impacts of IAS. Islands are recognized as having exceptionally high numbers of native species, with 15% of bird, reptile and plant species on only 3% of the world’s land area. IAS are the primary cause of extinctions on islands and if not controlled can damage important ecosystem services on islands, such as providing fresh water.  Films in this category will address these questions:

  • How widespread are IAS and what are their effects on native local species?
  • What are projects doing to prevent, detect and manage the problems of IAS?
  • What are some compelling stories of people affected by IAS?
  • How can we encourage people to act and help in the fight against IAS?

WINNER: ‘Invasive Species and Islands’ – Joshua, UK

FINALIST: ‘Water hyacinth’ – Roland, Benin

FINALIST: ‘Enemy of the Crops’ – Ubwiza, Zambia


GEF Prize for People and Protected Areas and Parks

Protected areas can take many different forms, such as national parks, wilderness areas, community conserved areas, nature reserves and privately-owned reserves. According to IUCN these areas:

  • provide drinking water to one in three of the world’s 100 largest cities;
  • store the same amount of carbon as the tropical rainforests;
  • keep us healthy by being the source of clean air and water, as well as new medicines;
  • help reduce risks and consequences of extreme events such as floods, drought and sea-level rise;
  • enhance food security by boosting fisheries and preserving wild relatives of crops; and
  • provide homes, jobs and livelihoods to millions of people around the world.

The Global Environment Facility (GEF) defines a sustainable protected area system as one that:

  • protects representative samples of the country’s ecosystems which are ecologically viable and climate-resilient, and provides adequate coverage of threatened species at a high enough level to ensure their long-term survival;
  • has enough finances in place to support the costs of managing the protected area; and
  • has the ability and resources to manage protected areas to meet their conservation objectives. Managing protected areas is a good investment in biodiversity conservation and sustainable use – it also provides significant additional economic and environmental benefits beyond just the existence of biodiversity.

Films in this category will address these questions:

  • What are the fundamental aspects of protected area sustainability: finance, representation, and capacity building leading to effective management?
  • How do projects include indigenous peoples and local communities, especially women, in the design, implementation, and management of protected area projects?
  • What are the economic benefits for people touched by protected area systems and parks?
  • How can we show the cultural value of these areas and encourage people to help protect them?

WINNER: ‘Bedoin’ – Zahra, Egypt

FINALIST: ‘Senkele Wildlife Sanctuary’ – Solomon, Ethiopia

FINALIST: ‘The Spirit of the Forest’ – Max, Canada

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