Equator Prize

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The Equator Initiative is pleased to announce the call for nominations for the Equator Prize, which recognizes 25 outstanding local initiatives that are working to advance sustainable development solutions for people, nature and resilient communities.

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

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
  • Before submitting a nomination for the Equator Prize, please review the complete list of eligible countries, eligibility requirements and selection criteria.

    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.

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