EQUATOR PRIZE 2017 CALL FOR NOMINATIONS

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Фев 23 2017

Since 2002 the Equator Initiative has honored 208 Equator Prize Winners for innovation in solutions for people, nature and resilient communities. In the words of Eileen de Ravin, outgoing manager of the Equator Initiative, “Together we have learned from the great work that is happening all around the world, and I am forever grateful and honored to have been part of this work".

The Equator Initiative and WIN are now part of UNDP’s new Global Programme on Nature for Development, headed by Jamison Ervin (read her blog here). In Jamison Ervin’s words “This expanded program is well-positioned for the next 15 years to advance nature-based solutions for sustainable development at local and national scales.

The Equator Initiative was very busy during the second half of 2016. We organized the Community Kauhale ‘Ōiwi at IUCN's World Conservation Congress, co-hosted a regional capacity building workshop on the management of Indigenous Community Conserved Areas (ICCAs), and facilitated Equator Prize winners' engagement at UNFCCC COP22 and CBD COP13 last December. Today, we are proud to launch the global call for nominations for the Equator Prize 2017. Nominate now!

EQUATOR PRIZE 2017 CALL FOR NOMINATIONS

A global search for nature-based local solutions for sustainable development

The Equator Initiative announces a global call for nominations for the Equator Prize 2017. This year’s prize will be awarded to outstanding community and indigenous initiatives that are advancing nature-based solutions for local sustainable development. The Equator Prize winners will join a prestigious network of 208 community-based organizations from 70 countries that have been awarded the Equator Prize since 2002. Each winning group will receive USD 10,000 and will be invited to participate in a series of 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.

In celebration of its 15th anniversary, the Equator Initiative will also launch a web portal of local nature-based solutions to sustainable development. The platform will serve to connect communities around the world and share local solutions that work. Participation in this platform is optional when submitting nominations for the Equator Prize.

Nature for development

This year’s Equator Prize winners will feature innovative solutions related to protecting, restoring and/or sustainably managing nature to achieve local sustainable development, such as food security, water security, sustainable jobs and livelihoods, and disaster risk reduction. Crosscutting issues include advocacy for land and water rights, social and environmental justice, and gender equality. The selection of winners will emphasize replicability and scalability of community initiatives to achieve progress on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Local communities from rural areas in 145 countries are eligible to be nominated. For the first time, nominations are open to indigenous peoples’ groups from any country, operating in rural areas. For full eligibility requirements and selection criteria, please click here.

Submit nominations for the Equator Prize 2017

To access the online nomination system, please visit prize.equatorinitiative.org

Nominations may be submitted in Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Indonesian, Portuguese, Russian, or Spanish.

Nominations must be submitted by 8 March 2017.
Read more about Equator Initiative 2016
activities below:

• Welcome blog by new Equator Initiative Manager, Jamison Ervin (read more)

• Community Kauhale Oiwi @IUCN World Conservation Congress (read more)

• Regional capacity building workshop on the management of Indigenous Community Conserved Areas (ICCAs) and development models (read more)

• Indigenous Peoples’ & Communities’ Pavilion at UNFCCC COP22 (read more)

• Equator Initiative community dialogue at CBD COP13 (read more)

Click here to see the Equator Initiative 2016 Annual Report