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:
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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