Celebrating Mediterranean biodiversity and culture with the #MedStoryPrize
By Pommelien da Silva Cosme, GDF Mediterranean Programme and Communications Coordinator
9 May 2019
It’s been an exciting few months since the start of #RootedEveryday, a recently launched campaign aimed at raising awareness about the value of biodiversity and traditional practices in the Mediterranean.
At the beginning of April, #RootedEveryday launched the very first Mediterranean environment-themed writing competition to celebrate the rich culture and nature found in Mediterranean ecoregions. #MedStoryPrize is calling on writers to submit inspiring stories about the richness of nature and urgency for preserving it, including relationships between planet and people, especially those whose livelihoods depend on traditional and sustainable practices.
To kickstart the campaign, we joined the Morocco Library Project (MLP) at their book fair in Marrakech during the first weekend of April. Since 2014, the Morocco Library Project has been creating libraries in different schools in Morocco and established a wide network of inspiring teachers that are passionate about books and storytelling. At the book fair, we introduced #MedStoryPrize to 30 teachers from all over Morocco and talked about both the adult (3000 words) and children’s (500-1000 words) writing competitions. During the event, we met two of our readers, Larbi and Ali, who will support the competition by reading stories and collaborating with Brahim El Boukhari, our national judge in Morocco.