Entrepreneurs promoting a range of businesses � from community-based tourism in Brazil to Vietnamese bringing medicinal plants to the international market � are among 10 finalists announced today by the head of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) for a key sustainable development award.

The nominees are up for one of five Supporting Entrepreneurs for Environment and Development (Seed) Awards, an incentive scheme for local entrepreneurs to promote economic growth, social development and environmental protection will be announced at May’s session of the UN Commission on Sustainable Development in New York, UNEP said in a press release.

The announcement of the 10 finalists was made both in Switzerland at the World Economic Forum and also at the World Social Forum being held in Nairobi, Kenya. An international expert jury will now identify the five winning partnerships from among the finalists.