One of the key success factors in the work of the Earth Champions is their highly participative approach, which creates ownership.

Dr Zurcher said “That it is recognised at international conferences that it is important to foster local involvement of communities so they know how to act on issues of internationally recognised concern.”

Mr Daniel Zurcher (Director, Environment Technology Services, Swiss Agency for the Environment)

Dr Jenny gave his full support to the programme pointing to the positive impact it brings about for the economic development of Canton de Vaud. Alternative technologies offer hope to our youth with future jobs and people the world over.

Dr Alain Jenny, Director General of the Granit Group, Lausanne:

The Earth Champions Quest can help courageous Swiss innovators connect with an ever-growing pool of mind and money dedicated to environmental improvement.

Mr Jean-Marc Buchillier – Mayor, ADNV, Yuerdon Les Bains.

In ten months this Foundation has discovered more environmental solutions in this region than we have in 30 years. I recommend that we work with them.

Madame Sorgho-Mouliniere Director United Nations Development Programme Europe

Dr Anthony Taubman concluded that “This programme brings in the search for environmental solutions from the high level international conferences to the grass root level. This really does bring about change.”

Dr Anthony Taubman, A Director of the World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO):

I was surprised and inspired to see how many individuals and organizations are working for a sustainable future on our own doorstep in the Canton Vaud. The Earth Champions Award is a wonderful initiative that spotlights a grass-roots movement that can mobilize the local community to action for sustainability,

​Sally Jeanrenaud, Deputy Director of International Union for Conservation of Nature IUCN. Switzerland.