World Economic Forum Names Courageous Land Winner of 2022 Amazon Bioeconomy Challenge

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Courageous Land, a Brazilian agroforestry company, has been selected by the World Economic Forum as a winner of the prestigious 2022 Amazon Bioeconomy Challenge. 

Courageous Land designs, plants and manages biodiverse productive reforestation projects that transform previously deforested land, such as degraded pastures, into agroforests that sequester CO2 while also producing organic and regenerative crops. Key products include carbon credits, açai, cocoa, coffee, spices, fruits, beauty ingredients and native hardwoods. 

Courageous Land is accelerating its work to recover landscapes in the Amazon in an area where illegal deforestation, mostly driven by conventional agriculture, has reached a devastating 2% per year. The loss of tree cover is amplifying CO2 emissions and climate change.

"Courageous Land's mission is to reverse climate change while creating health and abundance for all of life on Earth," says Philip Kauders, CEO and Co-Founder of the company. "We do this by planting agroforestry systems that regenerate forest ecosystems and are scalable. Our goal is to achieve over 10,000 hectares of productive reforestation by 2030, generating thousands of full-time green jobs for local communities, sequestering vast amounts of carbon and transforming the old degenerative agricultural model into a new regenerative one that society increasingly demands."

The Trillion Trees: Amazon Bioeconomy Challenge is a joint initiative of the World Economic Forum innovation platform Uplink and The challenge called for innovative projects in the Amazon Forest that protect and restore biodiversity and ecosystem functions.

Gilberto Terra, Head of Agroforestry and Co-Founder, refers to Courageous Land as a "boots on the ground company," and says, "We are working towards scaling a solution that can not only help mitigate climate change, but also prepare for it by installing agroforestry systems that can outperform monocrop agriculture during the increasingly common extreme weather events. All participating community members will share in the profits, and we prioritize working with women, minorities and refugees. Finally, a percentage of the food production will be donated to children in need."

Gianluca Gygax, Impact Specialist at the World Economic Forum's Uplink Platform, said, "We are delighted to honor Courageous Land given its amazing work and vision for a more sustainable and regenerative future in the Amazon. We wish to see more companies on the ground inspired by Courageous Land's example to drive the change needed to reverse the deforestation of the Amazon, a subject that is of relevance to all of the world."

Kauders adds, "A regenerative and inclusive economy in the Amazon biome is urgently needed, and the support of the World Economic Forum not only validates the work we've been doing, but also helps us drive our mission forward."

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The world's best skateboarders are performing their newest tricks this week at the massive Aljada Skatepark in Sharjah, UAE. Designed and built by California Skateparks, Aljada is hosting the World Skate 2022 World Championships for both Street and Park disciplines. After the new Champions are named next week, Aljada will remain as a permanent skatepark serving local youth.

"The facility is unique and has beginner, intermediate, and elite competition-level Street and Park courses and covers almost 90,000 square feet (8,360 square meters)," said California Skateparks VP Bill Minadeo. "This is an amazing opportunity for local youth to interact with the world's best skaters and host incredible events, like the World Championships."

The World Skate 2022 World Championships is a key qualifying event for the Paris 2024 Olympics. While the Street skaters have already competed in one qualifier in Rome last Summer, Sharjah will be the first chance for the Park skaters to earn important points to qualify for Paris.

This weekend the Street skaters have their chance to earn the World title, with the Finals in the Men's and Women's competition taking place. The Street course at Aljada features a mirrored core section, with identical elements such as stairs and rails providing equal opportunity for both goofy- and regular-stance skaters to perform. The outer perimeter of the course includes more free-form features, allowing skaters to explore opportunities for unique tricks and combinations.

Next week, the Park competitors have their turn and attention will shift to the massive bowl, which differs from recent competition bowl designs. The traditional single deep end is replaced by two nearly 10-foot (3-meter) deep ends on opposite sides of the bowl. To take full advantage of that, a long, sloping channel flows into the bowl from the deck, allowing skaters to begin their routines with maximum speed. The volcano flyover feature included in the Olympic Park course has been replaced by a hip/transfer section extending into the bowl from the side, instead of being the bowl's centerpiece.

Both the street course and competition bowl are the result of the California Skateparks design team's nearly two-decades experience creating elite competition courses. In consultation with many athletes competing in Sharjah, the designers modified traditional contest elements and complemented them with new features that match the skaters' growing level of competitiveness and evolving style of tricks. From early practice footage seen from Sharjah, evidence suggests that the California Skateparks design team got it right, including social-media posts showing how much fun visiting pros are having at Aljada. Which is great news for Sharjah's local skaters.

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