Call for Nominations - The Equator Initiative
The Equator Initiative, a UNDP-led partnership, has announced its call for nominations for the Equator Prize 2012, which will be awarded to 25 outstanding local initiatives that are working to advance sustainable development solutions for people, nature and resilient communities. Winning initiatives will each receive US$5,000, with 10 selected for special recognition and a total of US$20,000. Representatives of winning communities will also be invited to participate in the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20), to be held in Brazil in June 2012.
The Equator Prize is awarded for community-based innovation in sustainable livelihoods, natural resource management and environmental conservation. The eligibility and selection criteria for this cycle of the prize, however, have been broadened significantly to accommodate a wider range of community-based initiatives, fields of work, and countries of operation. Eligibility has been expanded to all countries receiving support from UNDP, making this a truly global award for local best practice. The Equator Prize 2012 also includes “special recognition” categories in areas such as community-based adaptation to climate change, sustainable forest management, food security, sustainable energy, water management, and more.
The Equator Prize – which has been endorsed by former heads of state Gro Harlem Brundtland and Oscar Arias, philanthropist Ted Turner, a host of Nobel laureates, and celebrities like Gisele Bündchen and Edward Norton – will celebrate its 10-year anniversary next year.
A promotional video on the Equator Prize 2012 is available here.