Updated Feb 07, 2019CLOSED

Equator Prize 2019

Offered by United Nations Development Programme as part of Equator Initiative

The Equator Prize 2019 will be awarded to outstanding local community and indigenous peoples’ initiatives that advance innovative nature-based development solutions for climate change mitigation and adaptation.
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CLOSEDFeb 26, 2019Deadline

Mandatory Requirements

StageStage 4: Transition to Scale, Stage 5: Scaling and Stage 6: Sustained Scale
Implemented in:
CountryMongolia, Guyana, Dominican Republic, Dominica, Cape Verde, Comoros, Brazil, Belize, Antigua and Barbuda, Afghanistan, Guinea, Guatemala, Ghana, Georgia, Gambia, The, Gabon, Fiji, Ethiopia, Eritrea, Equatorial Guinea, El Salvador, Ecuador, Djibouti, Cuba, Costa Rica, Congo, Republic of the, Congo, Democratic Republic of the, Colombia, China, Chile, Chad, Cameroon, Cambodia, Burundi, Burkina Faso, Botswana, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bolivia, Benin, Belarus, Bangladesh, Azerbaijan, Argentina, Angola, Algeria, Albania, Grenada, Haiti, Sao Tome and Principe, Samoa, Saint Lucia, Serbia, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Papua New Guinea, Palau, Nauru, Micronesia, Mauritius, Maldives, Malawi, Lebanon, Kiribati, Senegal, Rwanda, Philippines, Peru, Panama, Palestinian Territories, Nigeria, Niger, Nepal, Namibia, Mozambique, Morocco, Moldova, Mexico, Mauritania, Malaysia, Macedonia, Libya, Lesotho, Laos, Kyrgyzstan, Kuwait, Kenya, Jordan, Jamaica, Iraq, Montenegro, Kosovo, India, Honduras, Guinea-Bissau, Egypt, Cote d'Ivoire, Central African Republic, Bhutan, Armenia, Tuvalu, Turkmenistan, Trinidad and Tobago, Togo, Timor-Leste, Tajikistan, Suriname, Seychelles, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Uzbekistan, Ukraine, Uganda, Indonesia, Zimbabwe, Zambia, Vietnam, Venezuela, Vanuatu, Turkey, Tunisia, Thailand, Tanzania, Syria, Sudan, Sri Lanka, South Africa, Somalia, Sierra Leone, Saudi Arabia, Paraguay, Nicaragua, Madagascar, Kazakhstan, Iran, Myanmar, Tonga, Pakistan and Yemen
Focus AreasClimate Change and Resilience (Environment)
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.

Milestones Reached

Years in Operation3REQUIRED

Other Requirements

Management TeamThe nominee must be either a local community-based initiative, operating in a rural areaREQUIRED
Potential for ScaleApplicant will be assessed on:
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;
Evidence/Proof of ConceptNominators are encouraged to quantify results and include data that demonstrates positive impacts in their submissions.
The applicant will be assessed on"
-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;
-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 other 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.

Application Directions

Nominations may be submitted through our online nomination system.
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