Application Deadline: April 5th 2022
The Equator Initiative is a United Nations-led partnership that brings together governments, civil society, grassroots organizations, and businesses to foster resilient communities by recognizing and advancing local nature-based solutions for sustainable development. The Equator Initiative creates opportunities and platforms to share knowledge and good practices, develops capacities of Indigenous peoples and local communities, informs policy through convening multi-stakeholder dialogues, and fosters enabling environments to replicate and scale up community action.
The Equator Prize 2022 will be awarded to outstanding Indigenous peoples and local community initiatives that advance innovative nature-based solutions for sustainable development. The winners will join a prestigious network of 264 leading community-based organizations from 84 countries that have been awarded the Equator Prize since 2002.
- Each Equator Prize winner will receive USD 10,000 and will be supported to participate in a series of policy dialogues and special events in the latter part of 2022.
To be eligible for the Equator Prize 2022:
- The initiative must have been in existence for at least three years, and/or the actions taken must have been in place for at least three years.
- The nominee must be either a local community-based initiative, operating in a rural area, based in a country receiving support from the United Nations Development Programme (for a list of eligible countries, please click here); or an initiative led by Indigenous peoples in any country, operating in a rural area.
- The actions taken by the nominee must be nature-based, and must deliver benefits related to two or more Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
- Nominators are encouraged to quantify results and include data that demonstrates positive impacts in their submissions.
- Nominations may be submitted either directly by the initiative or community, by a partner organization, or by any third party that is sufficiently familiar with the activities and achievements of the initiative or community.
- Nominators must indicate whether they agree to have the solution highlighted in the Equator Initiative web portal on local nature-based solutions for sustainable development.
- Nominated initiatives will undergo a verification process that may require nominees and/or nominators to provide additional information and/or materials.
- Nominations may be submitted in: English, French, Portuguese or Spanish. To nominate in other languages (such as Arabic, Chinese, Indonesian or Russian), please contact the Equator Initiative for instructions.
- Nominations must be submitted by 5 April 2022.
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