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Energy Globe Award

With more than 187 participating countries and over 2000 project submissions annually the Energy Globe Award is today's most prestigious environmental prize worldwide. It distinguishes projects regionally, nationally and globally that conserve resources such as energy or utilize renewable or emission-free sources. Award ceremonies are held all over the world. Prominent personalities as well as Energy Globe Ambassadors in 90 countries support the mission of Energy Globe. The activities of Energy Globe attract worldwide media attention - international TV stations report each year with approximately 1,000 hours of broadcasting time. The aim of the Energy Globe is to raise global attention on sustainable, everywhere applicable environmental solutions and to motivate people to also become active in this area.

National ENERGY GLOBE Award Republic of Moldova 2019

Submitted by: Moldovan Environmental Governance Academy (MEGA)
MEGA Game: Connecting People for a Sustainable Future

MEGA Game is a map-based project management tool with elements of gamification and e-learning designed for environmental organizations and Green Tech companies. This platform helps them to manage environmental projects and fieldwork collaboratively within a global community. Since 2015, the MEGA Game enabled 17 environmental organizations from Europe, Asia, and the US have used the platform to implement 30 environmental and educational projects.

Initial situation
MEGA team’s experience in Moldova, there is a multitude (about 50-100 per year) of environmental projects organized by NGOs in the country. The majority of them are focused on raising awareness and educating youth about existing environmental problems, elaborating policy proposals, cleaning up and recycling waste, and planting trees. For these activities, the NGOs altogether spend approximately 500 000 EUR in grant money per year. Unfortunately, in spite of all this grant support and multiple projects and campaigns, the scientific data on practically all aspects of the natural environment in Moldova show a continuous decline

Solution
The aim of this project management tool was to address organizational internal issues by engaging youth into MEGA’ projects and in reporting on the projects’ results and impact to stakeholders. To alleviate these "pains", in 2013, the MEGA team initiated the first "experiments" in using maps and gamification to engage youth into nature conservation, to coordinate the fieldwork of volunteers, and to make the "fruits" of their work visible to project partners. The long-term vision was that volunteers registered in MEGA Game would be able to engage with organizations’ projects posted on the platform.

Innovation
The MEGA Game platform allows environmental organizations (called Mission Providers) to connect with volunteers (called Green Agents) and other NGOs, engage and educate them on various environmental topics, research existing environmental issues, manage their projects, monitor progress, display positive impact achieved, and report to stakeholders. All this is done in a collaborative space and in a fun, engaging, and motivating way due to elements of gamification integrated into the platform.




Capital: Chişinău
Official language: Moldovan, Romanian
Total area: 33.846 km²
Population: 3.559.500
GDP/Capita/Year: $2.022
Source: Wikipedia 2012