Five winners were selected from a field of finalists to receive the Equator Prize 2006. In addition to international recognition for their work and an opportunity to help shape international policy and practice in the field, winners each received a prize of US$30,000. All nominees for the prize became part of the Equator InitiativeвЂ™s global network and are profiled in the Equator Initiative biodiversity best practice database.
One prize was awarded in each region of eligibility (Latin America and the Caribbean, Africa, and Asia and the Pacific), one to a community-based project in a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and one to the project that best exemplifies sustainable biodiversity-based business.
Adding to the excitement of this year's Equator Prize, a 2006 finalist and a 2002 or 2004 finalist were selected to receive a renowned Pride campaign, supported by international conservation nonprofit and new Equator Initiative partner, Rare.