The fourth edition of the Lalla Hasnaa Sustainable Coast Awards took place last 28th May at the Hassan II International Center for Environmental Training in Bouknadel, attended by Her Royal Highness Princess Lalla Hasnaa, Chair of the Mohammed VI Foundation for Environmental Protection.
The Lalla Hasnaa Sustainable Coast Awards recognized 35 initiatives, across five categories, that, each in its own way, contributed to protecting the coastline and ocean.
The 2022 edition of the event was held after a forced delay imposed by the Covid-19 pandemic. The event drew considerable interest, with a substantial increase in the number of applications from the previous edition: 157 projects, up from 120 in 2018, were entered by different contestants, associations, academics, municipalities, companies, public bodies, etc., across all five award categories.
Entries addressed current issues such as the impact of climate change, plastic pollution, and biodiversity protection. Others displayed great creativity in the development of pollution mitigation mechanisms, while university research rallied to study and protect our natural heritage. Creativity and, above all, interactivity were hallmarks of initiatives to raise environmental and ocean awareness among young people. Corporations and organizations engaged citizens in deploying social responsibility charters and developed partnerships with civil society organizations for tangible results.
The Awards were presented by HRH Princess Lalla Hasnaa, a longtime advocate for coastline and ocean protection. In 2021, HRH committed her Foundation to the United Nations Decade of Ocean Sciences for Sustainable Development (2021-2030), coordinated by UNESCO’s Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission. HRH Princess Lalla Hasnaa became the Patron of the Alliance for the Decade, and the Foundation, a founding member of the Alliance, is now acting on this commitment.
The Lalla Hasnaa Sustainable Coast Awards expanded in scope to include oceans in this fourth edition and are now an officially registered full-fledged Decade of Ocean Sciences activity.
This is a testament to the Foundation’s commitment to ocean preservation in Morocco and in Africa, under HRH‘s leadership.
An art exhibition entitled ‘A Second Life’ has been organized by the Foundation, showcasing the artworks of its partners. These pieces, all of which are equally original, create a unique and thought-provoking atmosphere through the commitment of the artworks. The flagship material used is plastic, which gives up its ‘commonplace’ role as an everyday item whose life cycle ends in our trash, to become a true artwork to be admired with elegance and refinement. Therefore, the exhibition investigates the various possibilities this material offers to be ‘upgraded’. Such a process involves weaving, blow molding, assembling, welding, etc. to finally produce attractive items that above all do not harm the ocean and its ecosystems.