UNDP’s Equator Prize 2012

Nominations invited from local initiatives working towards poverty reduction

The Equator Initiative is a partnership that brings together the United Nations, governments, civil society, businesses and grassroots organizations to build the capacity and raise the profile of local efforts to reduce poverty through the conservation and sustainable use of biodiversity.

The Equator Initiative has announced the call for nominations for the Equator Prize, which will recognize 25 outstanding local initiatives that are working to advance sustainable development solutions for people, nature and resilient communities.

Nominations are accepted in 16 languages from local initiatives in 146 countries.

Equator Prize Winners

The 25 recipients of the biennial Equator Prize will each receive $5,000 (USD), with 10 selected for special recognition and a total of $20,000 (USD).

Representatives of winning communities will participate in the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20), which will be held in Brazil in June.

Eligibility and Selection Criteria

In order to be eligible for the Equator Prize, nominees must:

  • Have been in operation for at least 3 years.
  • Be a community-based or local group, operating in a rural area.
  • Be located within a country receiving support from the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), excluding countries with a high level of development.
  • Eligible Initiatives.

    Community-based organizations; Community-based enterprises and cooperatives; Indigenous groups; Non-governmental organizations; Community-based initiatives associated with conserved areas or other biological reserves; Women’s groups; Youth groups

    Selection Criteria

    Equator Prize winners will be selected based on the following criteria:

  • Impact: Initiatives that have improved community wellbeing and local livelihoods through sustainable natural resource management and/or environmental conservation of land based and/or marine resources.

  • Sustainability: Initiatives that can demonstrate enduring institutional, operational and financial sustainability over time.

  • Innovation and Transferability: Initiatives demonstrating new approaches that overcome prevailing constraints and offer knowledge, experience and lessons of potential relevance to other communities.

  • Leadership and Community Empowerment: Initiatives demonstrating leadership that has inspired action and change consistent with the vision of the Equator Initiative, including policy and/or institutional change, the empowerment of local people, and the community management of protected areas.

  • Empowerment of Women and Social Inclusion: Initiatives that promote the equality and empowerment of women and/or marginalized groups.

  • Resilience, Adaptability and Self-Sufficiency: Initiatives demonstrating adaptability to environmental, social and economic change, resilience in the face of external pressures, and improved capacity for local self-sufficiency.

    Last date for submission of nominations is October 31st.

    For more information and application, see: UNDP’s Equator Prize 2012

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