Equator Prize Awarded to Local Sustainable Development Solutions

equator prize logoThe Equator Initiative works with the United Nations, governments, civil society, businesses and grassroots organizations to advance local sustainable development solutions. The Initiative shares good practices, promotes policies that encourage local and indigenous community action, and develops the capacity of such local actions to scale up their impact. The Equator Prize is part of the Equator Initiative and recognizes successful local and indigenous solutions that create sustainable livelihoods and reduce vulnerability for people, nature and resilient communities. The Equality Prize measures:

  • Impact
  • Sustainability
  • Innovation and transferability
  • Leadership and community empowerment
  • Empowerment of women and social inclusion
  • Resilience, adaptability, and self-sufficiency

The 2014 theme for the Equator Prize was local biodiversity and ecosystem-based solutions to climate change. Thirty-five initiatives from around the world were awarded this year’s prize for showcasing “outstanding local achievement” through “community-based, grassroots action to address environment, poverty and climate change challenges head-on.” A list of the winners can be found below and a description of each initiative can be found here.

2014 Equator Prize Winners

Asia and the Pacific

  • Alliance for Integrated Development – Nepal
  • Chhattisgarh Traditional Healer Association – India
  • Conservation Area Management Committee, Parche – Nepal
  • The Pendeba Society of the Tibet Autonomous Region – China
  • Tree Kangaroo Conservation Program – Pappua New Guinea
  • Tulele Peisa – Papua New Guinea

Eastern Europe and Central Asia

  • Mediterranean Conservation Society – Turkey
  • Water is Hope – Tajikistan

Latin America and the Caribbean

  • Asociación Comunitaria “Bolívar Tello Cano” – Ecuador
  • Asociación de Capitanes Indígenas de Yaigojé Apaporis – Colombia
  • Asociación de Mujeres Waorani del Ecuador – Ecuador
  • Comunidad Indígena  de Manquemapu – Chile
  • Jeffrey Town Farmers’ Association – Jamaica
  • Koolel-Kab/Muuchkambal – Mexico
  • Mouvman Peyizan 3e Seksyon Kanperen – Haiti

Middle East and North Africa

  • Al-Heswa Wetland Protected Area – Yemen
  • Association de Gestion Intégrée des Ressources – Morocco
  • Union of Agricultural Work Committees – Palestinian Territories

Sub-Saharan Africa

  • Amical Bè Ôko – Central African Republic
  • Association des Pépiniéristes et Planteurs de Tône-Ouest – Togo
  • Association Tchadienne des Volontaires pour la Protection de l’Environment – Chad
  • Association Zoramb Naagtaaba – Burkina Faso
  • Fédération des Unions de Producteurs de Maradi Gaskiya – Niger
  • Heiveld Co-operative – South Africa
  • Integrated Development in Focus – Ghana
  • Kasisi Agricultural Training Centre – Zambia
  • Makoni Organic Farmers Association – Zimbabwe
  • Matumizi Bora ya Malihai Idodi na Pawaga (MBOMIPA) Wildlife Management Area – Tanzania
  • Northern Rangelands Trust – Kenya
  • Organisation pour l’Environnement et le Développement Durable – Cameroon
  • Plate-forme de Concertation pour le Développement Durable de la Baie d’Antongil – Madagascar
  • Shewula Trust – Swaziland
  • Union de Associations Villageoises de Gestion des Réserves de Faune Pendjari – Benin
  • Uplift the Poor – Uganda
  • Utooni Development Organization – Kenya

To learn more about the Equator Initiative click here.

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