The Eco-Logic Awards identify individuals, organisations and communities that positively contribute towards a sustainable world – and encourage consumers to support them by purchasing their products and services. The Enviropaedia established the Annual Eco-Logic Awards in 2011.
These Awards have since grown into South Africa’s most glamorously green eco-calendar event, receiving extensive TV, radio, print media and online coverage.
Each year, they invite individuals and organisations to submit their eco-logical products, services, projects or initiatives under 13 environmental categories to be evaluated by a panel of highly respected and environmentally aware judges. Finalists are invited to join an exclusive group of Green VIPs and thought leaders at the annual Eco-Logic Awards Gala event. All finalists and guests are encouraged to dress in Glamorously Green or, for the more bold and brave, to dress as their Alter-Eco Ego to show how they connect with nature including: eco-warrior, eco-angel, hiker, diver, rider, on safari or any other exciting nature based activity.
The Awards event begins with a lively networking session, enabling finalists and guests to meet, be inspired by and exchange ideas with other eco-logical leaders, professionals and innovators. After the networking comes the formal presentation of Awards to South Africa’s top eco-champions, culminating in the announcement of the prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award winner.
LifeScanner in partnership with ACDB was selected as a finalist for the Eco-Logic Awards Biodiversity category, based on the joint project with DEA regarding the LAB IN A BOX initiative.
Eco-Logic Awards 2018: Spreading the Word
Ryan D. Rattray, along with the founder of the Eco-Logic awards, was interviewed on “Real Talk with Anele” on 30 May 2018 regarding the awards and the contributions towards biodiversity in South Africa.
LifeScanner and ACDB managed to scoop the Bronze Award for the Biodiversity category, at the award ceremony held on Tuesday, 05 May 2018 at Time Square, Menlyn Pretoria.
The Importance of the LifeScanner Kit
Biodiversity in Africa faces many challenges on a daily basis. Threats such as wildlife crime, the illegal trade and poaching of endangered species pose serious consequences on the sustainability and longevity of both native flora and fauna. The African Centre for DNA Barcoding (ACDB) at the University of Johannesburg in partnership with LifeScanner have implemented a solution that could potentially curb biodiversity threats and better understand biodiversity sciences in South Africa. Many threatened animals and plants are trafficked out of developing countries, which do not have adequate resources to combat these crimes.
The aim of LifeScanner LAB IN A BOX is to improve the situation by addressing two challenges: rapid detection, and successful prosecution. It does this by, first, reducing the cost of adopting DNA analysis infrastructure and, second, by simplifying usage of DNA analysis tools. It builds on the monumental work by the iBOL initiative in advancing DNA barcoding. The first implementation of LAB IN A BOX is in South Africa’s ports of entry. The LifeScanner App and Kit is generating interest as a management tool for routine biosensing programs, which in South Africa includes: invasive species detection through a collaborative project between ACDB, LifeScanner, The South African Biodiversity Institute (SANBI) and The Department of Environmental Affairs (DEA) through coordinated research, monitoring and reporting on the state of biodiversity in South Africa. Furthermore, DEA piloted a study in April 2016 using LifeScanner to improve sample preservation, confidence in identification and robust chain-of-custody in efforts to mitigate wildlife crime in South Africa.
The LAB IN A BOX uses a space of 1m² and can be utilized in the most remote parts of the world. The aim of the LAB IN A BOX is to be used in combating wildlife crime by assisting officials with rapid, cost-effective and efficient DNA barcode-based species identification.