The Equator Initiative Prize to support local communities and indigenous peoples.

Do you have an innovative initiative based on local communities and indigenous people? Are you operating in a rural area, based in a country receiving support from the United Nations Development Programme?  This prize may be yours.

What is the equator Initiative?

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.

This year’s Equator Prize will recognize innovative initiatives from local communities and indigenous peoples that demonstrate exceptional achievements in the areas of nature-based actions that address climate change mitigation and/or adaptation and advance local sustainable development. Winning initiatives will be honored for their successes in: protect, restore and/or sustainably manage terrestrial and marine ecosystems, and thereby help mitigate and adapt to climate change by keeping ecosystems intact, and/or promote local models for climate-smart food and agricultural production systems, and/or advance nature-based alternatives to a carbon economy.


Each Equator Prize winner will receive USD 10,000 and will be supported to participate in a series of policy dialogues and special events during the United Nations General Assembly and Climate Week in New York, in September 2019.

Eligibility requirements

To be eligible for the Equator Prize 2019:   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 (Visit the list 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.

Selection Criteria

Equator Prize 2019 winners will be selected by an independent Technical Advisory Committee, which will assess nominations based on the following criteria:

Impact: The extent to which the nominated initiative has resulted in measurable and positive environmental, social and economic impacts that deliver benefits towards the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals.

Innovation: The extent to which the nominated initiative demonstrates new approaches and models that overcome prevailing constraints, and could offer fundamentally new approaches to adapting to and or mitigating climate change while advancing local sustainable development.

Scalability and/or replicability: The extent to which the nominated initiative could be scaled up sub-nationally or nationally and/or, the extent to which the initiative can be replicated within the country and beyond;

Resilience, Adaptability, and Self-Sufficiency: The extent to which the nominated initiative demonstrates adaptability to environmental, social and economic change, resilience in the face of external pressures, and improved capacity for local self-sufficiency.

Reduced inequalities: The extent to which the initiative reduces inequalities in income as well as those based on age, sex, disability, race, ethnicity, origin, religion or economic or another status, in particular for the poor.

Social Inclusion: The extent to which the nominated initiative includes youth, elders, indigenous peoples, and other diverse groups in the decision-making processes and the actions that affect them;

Gender Equality: The extent to which the nominated initiative promotes the equality and empowerment of women and girls.

For more information, visit Equator prize 2019


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

Nominations must be submitted by February 26, 2019, through an online nomination system. If you meet technical issues, please contact at




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