Irina Bekmirzaeva: Six International Projects Request CAREC to Nominate for Prince William Earthshot Prize

Publication date: 10 February 2023

“Representatives of six environmental projects from Austria, Germany and the United Kingdom requested the Regional Environmental Centre for Central Asia (CAREC) to nominate them for The Earthshot Prize. Let me emphasize CAREC was selected and received the honor to be a nominator for Prince Willian Earthshot Prize. Such decision was announced at the UNFCCC COP26 in Glasgow in 2021 at the final meeting of the national delegations at the Central Asian Pavilion “5 countries – 1 region – 1 voice,” said Irina Bekmirzaeva, Climate Change and Sustainable Energy Program Manager and CAMP4ASB AF Project Coordinator.

The Royal Foundation and Prince William launched The Earthshot Prize, the prestigious global prize designed to find and grow the solutions that will repair the planet pursuing the five Earthshots: protect and restore nature, clean our air, revive our oceans, build a waste-free world, fix our climate.
In 2023, CAREC nominated six projects that met such criteria as relevancy, innovation, scale and reproducibility:

1. PHANTOR (Austria) developed an atmospheric water generator that surpasses everything that has gone before. More

2. Sustain credits (UK) grants sustain credits to anyone who takes direct action to reverse human damage to nature through individual actions like litter picking, planting trees, regenerative agriculture, improving biodiversity, conservation and more are all ways to heal the world. More

3. Growing Plant Protein on Non-Arable Land (UK). The goal of the project is to grow 1 million tons of plant protein on non-arable lands using 20 times less water to solve the problem of food security and reduce greenhouse emissions in the world. More

4. Honey Bees and 3D Printed Wood Log Hives (UK) aims at the preservation and protection of honeybees by reforestation. More

5. Ardingly Ifield Solar Car Project/ Solar Utility Vehicle (UK) produces solar cars to power the future in a cleaner, more sustainable way. More

6. SPACEWHALE for the Climate Giants (Germany-UK) uses a novel method for detecting whales in very high-resolution (VHR) satellite imagery which can monitor regions in the high seas where traditional boat or aerial-based surveys are difficult to execute. It merges the latest in space-based and Deep Learning assets with a team of expert biologists to offer clients a range of products including abundance and distribution estimates. More

CAREC urges environmental projects from Central Asia to actively participate in The Earthshot Prize.

“It would be our pleasure to be a nominator of projects and organizations from Central Asia for this prestigious global environmental award. We are ready to assist Central Asian projects to apply for The Earthshot Prize,” said Irina Bekmirzaeva.

CAREC invites innovative projects, breakthrough technological ideas or eco-solutions from expert and partner networks and communities in the region that are designed to stimulate changes and help restore our planet over the next ten years.

Please send your suggestions, questions, and requests to

More about The Earthshot Prize 2023 at

Additional information - Irina Bekmirzaeva, Program Manager “Climate Change and Sustainable Energy”/ CAMP4ASB AF Project Coordinator,   



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