The winners of the CLIMTNA competition have just been revealed during the award ceremony organized on Thursday 20 January in Rabat, Morocco. The competition is organized by the Delegation of the European Union to Morocco in partnership with Hit Radio and the SwitchMed program and aims to raise awareness on the effects and visible impacts of climate change. Green entrepreneurs in Morocco had until 5 December to send a short video in which they presented their sustainable project and illustrated how they contributed to the protection of the environment and the fight against global warming.
After deliberations by a jury composed of members of each partner organization of the competition, and in particular the Regional Activity Centre for Sustainable Consumption and Production (SCP/RAC) for SwitchMed, the name of the CLIMTNA winner was revealed: Soumia Elouassouli with her app for detecting forest fires.
Soumia, and her co-worker Asmahan Ait Chattou, are electronic engineers. Their application is an IOT, autonomous and smart forest warning and remote supervision solution to prevent fires but also protect against deforestation and poaching.
The competition also rewarded two personal favourites:
– Bachir El Yafi for his project to produce bio-charcoal from waste generated during the olive oil extraction process;
– Yassine El Haddouchi for his project to sort and recycle IT equipment.
The winner of the contest is given 1,500 Moroccan dirhams. In addition, SwitchMed provides a coupon worth €2,000 that she can use to develop her project, according to her needs, access to the platform TheSwitchers.org and personalized supervision for navigating the platform. The personal favorites will be supported by SwitchMed’s partner in Morocco, the Centre for Very Small Socially Responsible Businesses (CTPES) by means of training to develop their sustainable projects.
Congratulations to the winners and to all the participants for their incredible projects!
For more information on the competition and to watch the videos sent in by the candidates, please see the official competition page: CLIMTNA Competition
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