The Equator Initiative today announced its global call for nominations for this year’s Equator Prize, an international award that recognizes exceptional local solutions for people, nature and resilient communities. Nominations are open through 8 March 2017.
This ninth cycle of the Equator Prize, which is a UNDP-led partnership, will focus on local and indigenous groups in rural areas that have developed innovative solutions to protecting, restoring or sustainably managing nature to achieve local sustainable development, including food security, water security, sustainable jobs and livelihoods, and disaster risk reduction. Crosscutting themes of the Equator Prize 2017 include advocacy for land and water rights, social and environmental justice, and gender equality. The selection of winners will highlight replicability and scalability of community initiatives to achieve progress on the Sustainable Development Goals.
Each winning group will receive USD 10,000 and will be invited to participate in a series of national and global policy dialogues and special events during the United Nations General Assembly in New York, in September 2017, culminating in an award ceremony at the beginning of Climate Week and Global Goals Week. Winning groups join a prestigious network of 208 community-based organizations from 70 countries that have been awarded the Equator Prize since 2002. Past recipients of the Equator Prize include community protected areas, agriculture and farming cooperatives, wildlife protection initiatives, local water committees, community-managed forests, and locally managed marine areas and seed banks.
For detailed information on nomination and selection criteria, and to submit nominations, please visit www.equatorinitiative.org
Contact information Jamison Ervin, Manager, Global Biodiversity Programme, Email: [email protected] Tel: +1 646 781 4023
Sangita Khadka, Communications Specialist, UNDP Bureau for Policy and Programme Support, Email: [email protected] Tel : +1 212 906 5043