Abrha Weatsbha Community- Ethiopia

Once on the brink of resettlement due to desertification, soil degradation and lack of water, the Abrha Weatsbha community in northern Ethiopia has reclaimed its land through the reforestation and sustainable management of over 224,000 hectares of forest.  Tree planting activities have resulted in improved soil quality, higher crop yields, greater biomass production, groundwater functioning, a

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Adidy Maitso Association- Madagascar

Adidy Maitso Association was established in 2005 with the aim of conserving the natural resources of Didy Forest – a dense moist forest of medium altitude in the Alaotra Mangoro region of eastern Madagascar. The forest lies within the Ankeniheny-Zahamena Corridor, which is renowned for its high species endemism and unique biodiversity. The Association works through 16 local community associat

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African Centre for the Integration of Human Rights (PACINDHA)- Mali

This NGO mobilizes local communities in western and southwestern Mali to sustainably manage natural resources and protect biodiversity. Since 2003, the initiative has implemented a wide range of activities, including the protection of wildlife and fauna species, combating the use of polluting substances, and improving land management and access to water for local communities.

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Agency for the Development of the Mosquitia (MOPAWI)- Honduras

For more than twenty-five years, the Agency for the Development of the Mosquitia (in Miskita, Mosquitia Pawisa Apiska – MOPAWI) has worked to engage local and indigenous communities in the integrated management of the Río Plátano Biosphere Reserve and other protected areas in northeastern Honduras. Located within the Mosquitia area, the reserve contains the largest intact rainforest north o

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Aharam Traditional Crops Producers’ Company- India

Aharam Traditional Crops Producers' Company works with socially marginalized rural producers to conserve biodiversity in the semi-arid Ramnad Plains of Tamil Nadu state. The initiative uses a producer group model focused on women and landless labourers to promote organic farming practices that improve crop diversity and agro-biodiversity. The group's work has aimed at reducing dependence on cot

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Al-Heswa Wetland Protected Area- Yemen

The communities behind Al-Heswa Wetland Protected Area have successfully transformed a garbage dump into a functioning wetland ecosystem that provides a breeding site more than 100 migratory bird species, including flamingos. As a result, the Aden wetlands have grown into among the most important wetland ecosystems in Yemen and in the entire region. The community-managed protected area redirect

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Alexander von Humboldt Center- Nicaragua

Centro Alexander von Humboldt operates in one of the driest regions of the country and one of the areas most susceptible to natural disasters: hurricanes, severe droughts, and fresh water shortages.  The organization provides local communities with training in sustainable water management and has drilled more than 40 fresh water wells and repaired 35 community water systems.  The objective is

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Alimentos Nutri-Naturales- Guatemala

Alimentos Nutri-Naturales Sociedad Anónima (ANSA) is a group of independent businesses, entirely owned and operated by women, which harvest, process, and sell the abundant and rarely utilized Maya nut (Brosimum alicastrum). The nut was once a staple food for the ancient Mayans but is threatened with extinction due to the spread of logging and conversion of land to agriculture. In the buffer zo

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Alliance for Integrated Development- Nepal

Developed as a response to the overexploitation of natural resources, wildlife poaching and water pollution, the Alliance for Integrated Development is a collective of women-led community wetlands user groups that protects and manages the resources of Jagadishpur, an ‘important bird area’, a Ramsar site, and the largest manmade reservoir in Nepal. The alliance w

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Alliance for Integrated Development- Nepal

Developed as a response to the overexploitation of natural resources, wildlife poaching and water pollution, the Alliance for Integrated Development is a collective of women-led community wetlands user groups that protects and manages the resources of Jagadishpur, an ‘important bird area’, a Ramsar site, and the largest manmade reservoir in Nepal. The alliance w

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Amal-Crab Bay Community Resource Management Initiative- Vanuatu

The successes of the Amal-Crab Bay initiative in conserving marine resources in their tabu area, located on the eastern coastline of the island of Malekula, Vanuatu, has been underpinned by the use of a traditional resource management system and innovative awareness-raising efforts. The bay forms part of the Port Stanley mangrove area, and is home to extensive fringing reefs, sea grass beds, an

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Amani Nature Reserve- Tanzania, United Republic

The Amani Nature Reserve was created to protect the unique, biologically important sub-montane forest ecosystem of Tanzania's East Usambara Mountains. The biosphere reserve covers an area of about 83,600 hectares, and is home to a number of human settlements as well as unique and endemic biodiversity. These communities have been actively engaged in the management of the reserve since its establ

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Amical Bè Ôko- Central African Republic

Created as a response to land degradation issues resulting from slash-and-burn agriculture, uncontrolled bush fires, and overgrazing, Amical Bè Ôko is a two-village initiative that focuses on reforestation of the degraded banks of the Kpaya River with fruit-bearing trees that are improving local health, nutrition, and food security. Reforestation efforts have restored ecosystem functioning in

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Amsing Association- Morocco

Association Amsing was created by the villagers of Elmoudaa – an Amazirght (Berber) community located in the High Atlas Mountains – to address economic isolation, a lack of social services, and harsh climatic conditions.  The association has successfully regenerated degraded lands surrounding their village through a traditional land management practice called ‘azzayn’ which bans herder

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Anja Miray Association- Madagascar

Anja Miray was established in 1999 in response to the degradation and clearing of local forests, the sedimentation of water resources, and the loss of wildlife such as ring-tailed lemurs, chameleons, and tropical birds.  The association operates a 30-hectare community forest reserve in the Haute Matsiatra region of the country. 

The community has established an ecotourism initiative w

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Arnavon Community Marine Conservation Area Management Committee- Solomon Islands

The Arnavon Community Marine Conservation Area was established in 1995 as the first community-managed marine conservation area in the Solomon Islands. The 157-km² area is home to nesting grounds of the endangered Hawksbill sea turtle. This Marine Protected Area, created to stem the overexploitation of dwindling marine resources, attracts ecotourism that provides a valuable source of income for

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Asociación Comunitaria “Bolívar Tello Cano”- Ecuador

Asociación Comunitaria “Bolívar Tello Cano” is reducing deforestation by providing a sustainable income-generation activity for local indigenous communities that does not require cutting down trees. The association has worked with researchers to pioneer a technique to extract the essential oils from the seeds of the Palo Santo tree. The oil has commercial value for use in perfumes and foo

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Asociación de Capitanes Indígenas de Yaigojé Apaporis- Colombia

An alliance of 21 indigenous communities, Asociación de Capitanes Indígenas de Yaigojé Apaporis has legally established its collective territory as a National Park. The association has succeeded in protecting a substantial area of forest and put natural resource management in the hands of resident indigenous communities. Developed to protect forests and community lands from multinational min

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Asociación de Mujeres Waorani del Ecuador- Ecuador

Developed in response to the uncontrolled poaching of wildlife in the Yasuní Biosphere Reserve (driven by local demand for bushmeat), Asociación de Mujeres Waorani del Ecuador is promoting organic cocoa cultivation as a wildlife protection measure and a pathway to local sustainable development. The association has created a land management plan that emphasizes zero deforestation, organic coco

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Association de Gestion Intégrée des Ressources- Morocco

A response to high rates of poverty, poor access to basic social services, and low employment opportunities, this association is working to strengthen the small-scale fisheries sector around Al-Hoceima National Park through capacity building, the establishment of monitoring and surveillance committees to combat illegal fishing and the introduction of sustainable fis

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Association des Pépiniéristes et Planteurs de Tône-Ouest- Togo

Equator Prize for Sustainable Land Management in Sub-Saharan Africa

Family farming and mushroom cultivation are the twin tools of Association des Pépiniéristes et Planteurs de Tône-Ouest in responding to the land degradation, low agricultural yields, and high rates of poverty that has resulted from decades of slash-and-burn farming. Mushr

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Association for Research and Integrated Development - Peru

The Association for Research and Integrated Development (Asociación para la Investigación y el Desarrollo Integral – AIDER) is a participatory initiative that provides capacity building and technology transfer to enable community-based conservation of forest resources across Peru. By providing technical assistance to forest-based communities in both the humid tropical forests of central eas

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Association of Forest Communities of Petén (ACOFOP)- Guatemala

The Association of Forest Communities of Petén (Asociación de Comunidades Forestales de Petén – ACOFOP) brings together communities in the buffer zone of the Maya Biosphere Reserve to manage forest concessions that collectively represent the world's largest certified forest area under community management.

The initiative has ensured community access to the forest by securing legal

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Association of Indigenous and Peasant Producers (ASPROINCA)- Colombia

Based in the northern Caldas region of Colombia, the Association of Indigenous and Peasant Producers (Asociación de Productores Indígenas y Campesinos - ASPROINCA) is a community-based organization that works with close to 350 indigenous farming families to diversify their agricultural production in an environmentally responsible manner.

A key objective of the association is ending lo

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Association of Manambolo Natives (FITEMA)- Madagascar

The Association of Manambolo Natives (Fikambanan'ny Terak'i Manambolo - FITEMA) has used the reintroduction of an indigenous land use system to help conserve forests and wetlands in the 7,500-hectare Manambolo Valley – a forest corridor which joins the Andringitra and Ranomafana National Parks – while improving food security for local communities. The valley's forests are home to a high num

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Association of Smallholder Agroforestry Producers RECA Project- Brazil

This agroforestry project facilitates a variety of initiatives focused on supporting both family and commercial level agricultural production. The Association of Smallholder Agroforestry Producers brings together migrant farmers and indigenous rubber tappers in the Abuna region of northern Brazil. Since 1989, these two groups have worked together to improve the agricultural productivity of thei

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Association of Water Committees of the Southern Sector of Pico Bonito National Park (AJAASSPIB)- Honduras

This association of 27 village water committees located in the southern buffer zone of Honduras’ Pico Bonito National Park oversees the management of micro-watersheds and trains the local community in reforestation, conservation and the application of environmentally friendly technologies.  A primary focus is ensuring local access to potable water in a region prone to shortages.  The associ

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Association Tchadienne des Volontaires pour la Protection de l'Environnement- Chad

Equator Prize for Sustainable Land Management in Sub-Saharan Africa

Association Tchadienne des Volontaires pour la Protection de l'Environnement was developed to address land and resource rights for women, in response to drought, desertification, and land degradation, and focuses on training in ecosystem restoration, drought preparedness, an

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Association Zoramb Naagtaaba- Burkina Faso

Equator Prize for Sustainable Land Management in Sub-Saharan Africa

Developed in response to water scarcity, environmental degradation, declining agricultural yields and high rates of poverty, Association Zoramb Naagtaaba brings together 10 villages to restore degraded land through the reintroduction of traditional agricultural approaches. I

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Autonomous Workers’ Association of San Rafael, Tres Cruces, and Yurac Rumi (ASARATY)- Ecuador

The Autonomous Workers' Association of San Rafael, Tres Cruces, and Yurac Rumi brings together indigenous Quichua-Puruháe (Kichwa) communities in the central Ecuadorian Andes in the sustainable management of 8,000 hectares of montane grassland adjacent to the Sangay National Park. The association represents the local agrarian communities of Guarguallá Chico, Guarguallá Grande, San Rafael, Tr

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Bamboo Village of Phu An- Viet Nam

The village of Phu An, located north of Saigon, was heavily bombed during the Viet Nam War. The Bamboo Village of Phu An has created an Eco-Museum of Bamboo and Botanical Conservatory with the aim of conserving biodiversity, protecting the region's bamboo forests, andhelping to "transform the iron triangle into a green triangle." The initiative carries out conservation activities to protect and

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Bio-Itzá Association- Guatemala

The Bio-Itzá Association is an indigenous organization of the Mayan Itzá people, located in the Municipality of San José in northern Guatemala, which works to involve local communities and incorporate Mayan cultural traditions in the conservation of regional biodiversity. Legally incorporated in 1991, the association's first major achievement came in 1998, when it was granted usufruct owners

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Bolsa Amazônia- Brazil

Founded in 1998 by Brazilian NGOs, the Federal University of Pará, and international donors, and in partnership with private sector companies, Bolsa Amazônia is a regional initiative dedicated to developing sustainable enterprises in rural forest communities of Amazonia. With a focus on sustainable agriculture and agro-industrialization, Bolsa Amazônia assesses market demand for locally-prod

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Bunaken National Park Management Advisory Board- Indonesia

Bunaken National Park Management Advisory Board is a landmark case for local co-management of a marine protected area in Indonesia. The initiative brings together government agencies, international partners, and local communities in the collaborative management of the Bunaken National Park in North Sulawesi. The park comprises more than 8,000 hectares of coral reef, extensive seagrass beds, and

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Café la Selva- Mexico

Café la Selva is a chain of cafés that sell organically and sustainably grown coffee from indigenous Tojolabal and Tzeltales farming communities located in the state of Chiapas, Mexico. This pioneering initiative has taken advantage of growing international demand for sustainable, ethically-sourced coffee, and now has cafés in Europe and the United States. Profits from the enterprise have al

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Camalandaan Agroforestry Farmers’ Association- Philippines

The Camalandaan Agroforestry Farmers' Association works to conserve fragments of lowland limestone forest on the Philippines island of Negros through on-farm tree conservation in the Southern Cauayan Municipal Forest and Watershed Reserve. The association is made up of local farmers who have been allocated rights to plots of land by the government as part of a community-based forest management

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Captaincy of the Upper and Lower Izozog (CABI)- Bolivia

The Captaincy of the Upper and Lower Izozog (Capitania del Alto y Bajo Izozog - CABI) represents more than 10,000 members of Bolivia's Izoceño-Guaraní people in a landmark co-management agreement in the country's Gran Chaco region. With technical support from the Wildlife Conservation Society, CABI negotiated with the Bolivian government for establishment of the 3.4 million-hectare Kaa-Iya de

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Carnaúba Viva- Brazil

Working in the caatinga ecosystem of northeastern Brazil, Carnaúba Viva has introduced innovative means of sustainably managing the carnauba tree (Copernicia prunifera), a locally-abundant palm species whose leaves can be used for wax production. Working with the indigenous people of the Jaguaribe-Açu territory and in partnership with the Brazilian Ministry of Environment, the initiative has

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Centre for Biodiversity Protection and Sustainable Use of Natural Resources (Poloprobio)- Brazil

This research institute, based in the Brazilian state of Acre, devised a method for the artisanal processing of raw latex obtained from Hevea brasiliensis rubber trees, suitable for small-scale production in forest-based communities of indigenous rubber tappers in the Brazilian Amazon. Replicating the technology is a highly individualized process, taking into account the social and cultural set

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Centre for Empowerment and Resource Development - Philippines

The Centre for Empowerment and Resource Development works in the Caraga region of the Philippines to conserve marine and coastal resources while improving the sustainability of local fisher livelihoods. The Centre's approach has been to put management of natural resources squarely in the hands of fisherfolk associations, working with local governments to develop barangay resolutions, municipal

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Chalalán Eco-lodge- Bolivia

Chalalán Eco-lodge serves as a model for community-based ecotourism in Bolivia, as an example of the effectiveness of this low-impact commercial activity in bringing benefits to local communities and in conserving vital biological diversity. Supported by the Inter-American Development Bank and Conservation International, who founded the initiative with grants totaling almost USD 1.5 million in

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Chhattisgarh Traditional Healer Association- India

In a region characterized by hunger and malnutrition, poor water and hygiene, and high communicable disease rates, the Chhattisgarh Traditional Healer Association is taking an inventive approach reducing infant mortality, improving maternal health, and facilitating local access to medical care. The association empowers “village botanists” to serve as agents of positive community-level chang

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Chibememe Earth Healing Association (CHIEHA) - Zimbabwe

The Chibememe Earth Healing Association (CHIEHA) is a community-based initiative centered on the small village of Chibememe, in Masvingo province, Zimbabwe. Arising in response to habitat destruction and deforestation in the Zivambava Island forest and the Chibememe mainland forest, the organization’s work has been driven by the 17 households that make up Chibememe community. Its work has spr

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Chunoti Co-Management Committee - Bangladesh

The Chunoti Co-Management Committee (CMC) protects the once-degraded Chunoti Wildlife Sanctuary through the coordination of volunteer patrols and reinvestment of ecotourism revenues into conservation activities.  Illegal logging and unsustainable resource extraction were threatening the Chunoti forest.  The community mobilized and advocated for a protected area co-management arrangeme

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Collective of Women’s Groups for the Protection of Nature (COPRONAT) - Senegal

This collective brings together women’s groups from communities bordering the Popenguine Nature Reserve, a 1,000-hectare coastal reserve located in the Thies region of Senegal. Since the creation of the reserve in 1986 to prevent over-harvesting of marine resources and degradation of mangrove forests, the park’s authorities have sought to involve local communities in its management. Volunte

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Community Development Centre- Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka's Community Development Centre (CDC) has worked to improve rural livelihoods through conservation of indigenous tuber varieties using seed banks managed by women-led self-help groups. Local technologies are used for seed production, with training on in-situ conservation of native varieties on individual land parcels. These self-help cooperatives are organized into federations of aroun

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Community Marine Association of Cruzinha da Garça - Cape Verde

Cruzinha da Garça is one of the most important nesting grounds for sea turtles in Cape Verde. The Community Marine Association of Cruzinha da Garça seeks to develop alternative forms of local marine resource use to conserve this endangered species. The project is part of a regional initiative that involves fishing communities in the conservation of marine turtles and their habitat. Conservati

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Community Markets for Conservation (COMACO)- Zambia

The Luangwa Valley region of Zambia is the setting for a pioneering initiative that is transforming the local economy and reducing human pressures on the valley's wildlife. Led by the Wildlife Conservation Society, COMACO has brought about substantial livelihoods and conservation benefits through a producer group model of collective learning, reaching more than 40,000 farming households with tr

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Community Nature Reserve Development Network - Benin

The Community Nature Reserve Development Network originated in the community of Papatia, which established the Botanical Garden of Papatia in response to rapid depletion of local natural resources. The organization unites traditional healers, beekeepers, farmers, women's groups, and students, from different ethnic groups, to protect the region's biodiversity and natural resources as the basis o

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Community Tours Sian Ka’an- Mexico

The Sian Ka'an Biosphere Reserve is the largest marine protected area in Mexico, spanning more than 1.3 million acres of land and ocean. It has been designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in recognition of its rich biodiversity and wealth of Mayan culture; "Sian Ka'an" is Mayan for "where the sky is born".

Working within this protected area is Community Tours Sian Ka'an, an alliance of

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Community-Based Integrated Rural Development (CBIRD) Centre, Sub Tai- Thailand

The CBIRD Centre in the village of Sub Tai, in the Pak Chong District of north-eastern Thailand, is one of many such centres across the country, launched by Thailand's Population and Community Development Association in the mid-1980s. These Community-Based Integrated Rural Development Centres confront the twin challenges of low economic development and biodiversity loss through the participatio

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Community-based Marine Management Foundation - Indonesia

The Community-based Marine Management Foundation coordinates conservation, environmental education and livelihoods programming centred on locally-managed marine areas in 26 sites across eastern Indonesia. Among its innovative conservation work, the foundation has supported villages in the Padaido Islands to use GPS technologies to map local marine resources, helping them to resist the destructi

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Comunidad Indígena de Manquemapu- Chile

An indigenous community conserved area, Comunidad Indígena de Manquemapu works on sustainable forest management and marine resource conservation as a way of meeting the economic needs of resident indigenous communities. Born of external threats from extractive industries, this community-based group is effectively managing a large area of larch wood forest by focusing on sustainable production

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Conservation Area Management Committee, Parche- Nepal

With the aim of sustainably managing local forests, the Conservation Area Management Committee, Parche is applying indigenous knowledge to local environment and development challenges. In addition to establishing tree nurseries and working with communities to harvest non-timber forest products, the organization has reduced wildlife poaching and is providing alternat

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Conservation Area Management Committee, Parche- Nepal

With the aim of sustainably managing local forests, the Conservation Area Management Committee, Parche is applying indigenous knowledge to local environment and development challenges. In addition to establishing tree nurseries and working with communities to harvest non-timber forest products, the organization has reduced wildlife poaching and is providing alternative energy access for the loc

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Conservation Melanesia- Papua New Guinea

Since 1995, the biologically diverse Collingwood Bay area on the coast of Oro Province, north-eastern Papua New Guinea, has been the setting for a conflict between the province's 3,000 indigenous Maisin people and proposed commercial logging and palm oil development within the community's 262,000 hectares of ancestral lands. In 1998, 38,000 hectares of tropical forest were fraudulently signed o

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Conservation Society of Pohnpei- Micronesia, Federated States

Since 1998, the Conservation Society of Pohnpei has worked to improve the ecological and social sustainability of a network of seven marine protected areas around the island of Pohnpei in the Federated States of Micronesia. Through environmental education and biological monitoring programmes, the initiative has coordinated marine conservation efforts across Pohnpei, while encouraging a diverse

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Coope Tárcoles- Costa Rica

The artisanal fishers of the community of Tárcoles, located in the Gulf of Nicoya on the Pacific coast of Costa Rica, faced declining fish stocks due to a combination of overharvesting by commercial shrimp boats and unsustainable local fishing practices. At the same time, development of the tourism sector along the coast threatened to restrict access to the shore and to marginalize their work.

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Couro Vegetal da Amazônia- Brazil

Couro Vegetal da Amazônia began operating in the Brazilian state of Acre in 1996, in an attempt to improve the livelihood opportunities and wellbeing of Amazonian rubber-tapping communities. This project brought together more than 200 local and indigenous families in three forest communities, providing training in an innovative processing method to produce sheets of vulcanized rubber. This mat

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Ekuri Initiative- Nigeria

Located in Nigeria's Cross River State, the Ekuri community manages a 33,600-hectare community forest adjacent to the Cross-River National Park. Community forest management began in the 1980s, when the villages of Old Ekuri and New Ekuri united in response to the proposed logging of their forest. The project would have included the construction of a road linking the villages to local market cen

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Environmental and Social Studies Group- Mexico

The Environmental and Social Studies Group operates in the central mountain region of Guerrero promoting local access to safe water and training communities in sustainable land management.  The organization has reforested more than 500 hectares of land in an important watershed, established more than 60 organic farms, and undertaken terracing over 20 kilometers of hillside to reduce and preven

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Ese'eja Native Community of Infierno - Peru

The Ese'eja Native Community was the first community to take advantage of Peru's law of native communities within the state of Madre de Dios, receiving legal title to 9,558 hectares of land on both sides of the Tambopata River in the late 1970s. As a condition of defending their lands in the 1980s, the community was obliged to set aside roughly 3,000 hectares as a communal reserve where hunting

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Farmer-to-Farmer Program (PCaC), Siuna- Nicaragua

Programa de Campesino a Campesino has operated throughout Nicaragua since the post-war period of the early 1990s, as part of the worldwide Via Campesina movement which advocates for food sovereignty, agrarian reform, and democratic governance of food production systems.

The Farmer-to-Farmer Program in the northern municipality of Siuna is one of sixty-five such programs in Nicaragua whi

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Farmers’ Association for Rural Upliftment - Philippines

The Farmers' Association for Rural Upliftment is an initiative of the Chananaw indigenous people of Kalinga Province in the Philippines. The initiative aims to protect the environmental integrity of the Chananaw's ancestral domain through improved land management and more efficient agricultural techniques. Catalysts for the formation of the initiative included large-scale mining and geothermal

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Fédération des Unions de Producteurs de Maradi Gaskiya- Niger

Equator Prize for Sustainable Land Management in Sub-Saharan Africa

Fédération des Unions de Producteurs de Maradi Gaskiya is a research-driven initiative that is bringing agro-ecological options to smallholder farmers. Composed of 17 unions, 325 self-help groups, and 12,742 members, the work includes promotion of high-yield crops, partici

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Fiji Locally-Managed Marine Area Network- Fiji

The community of Ucunivanua on the eastern coast of Fiji's largest island was the site of the first locally managed marine area (LMMA) in Fiji in 1997. Scientists from the University of the South Pacific supported environmentalists and local villagers in declaring a ban on harvesting within a stretch of inshore waters for three years, building on the tradition of taboo prohibitions for certain

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Fish Production Cooperative Societies of Cozumel and Vigia Chico - Mexico

The Fish Production Cooperative Societies of Cozumel and Vigía Chico are two cooperatives working in the Mexican State of Qintana Roo to advance a model of sustainable fishing for local communities. Located on the tropical island of Cozumel, an international tourist destination, and in the Sian Ka'an Biosphere Reserve, a national park and UNESCO World Heritage Site, the cooperatives have a lon

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Fishers' Association of the Rural Community of Mangagoulack (APCRM) - Senegal

The Fishers' Association of the Rural Community of Mangagoulack – established by fishers from eight villages in central Casamance – manages a community conserved area with the aim of improving local incomes, strengthening food security and sovereignty, and protecting biodiversity.  The association was started in response to declining fish catches and in recognition of the need for a commun

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Fishing Community of Tomia (KOMUNTO)- Indonesia

The Fishing Community of Tomia is a community-based organization composed of representatives of fishers' groups from East Tomia, Indonesia. The organization was established in response to shared community concerns regarding foreign commercial fishing, the use of destructive fishing methods, and a vacuum in local government leadership on the sustainable management of Wakatobi natural resources.<

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Foundation for Alternative Tropical Agriculture and Sustainable Development (FUNDATADI)- Venezuela

The Foundation for Alternative Tropical Agriculture and Sustainable Development works with rural Piedemonte Andino communities in Barinas, Venezuela, with the aim of conserving local forests while promoting sustainable community development. Agricultural diversification is promoted through the organic cultivation of native medicinal plants in family plantations, and training communities in the

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Foundation for Partnership with Independent Farmers - Indonesia

In collaboration with 40 villages in the northern-central district of Timor, The Foundation for Partnership with Independent Farmers aims to develop sustainable agricultural systems to increase productivity and provide alternative sources of income, with the aim of helping communities develop economic independence.

A sustainable agriculture and fair marketing initiative provides a colle

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FrutaSã Industry, Trade and Export Ltd.- Brazil

FrutaSã has its roots in a scoping study of the Brazilian Cerrado eco-region conducted in the 1990s to determine socioeconomic challenges facing smallholder farmers and indigenous communities. Alongside mounting environmental threats to the region, exacerbated by the economic marginalization of the rural communities and subsequent over-exploitation of local resources, these findings inspired t

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Garífuna Emergency Committee- Honduras

This women-led initiative arose in 1998 in response to the devastating effects of Hurricane Mitch on sixteen agrarian Garifuna communities. These peoples of Afro-indigenous descent have traditionally been socioeconomically marginalized in Honduras, and their agricultural livelihoods were hard hit by the loss of 70% of the country's crops due to heavy flooding.

Beyond initial disaster re

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Genetic Resource, Energy, Ecology and Nutrition (GREEN) Foundation- India

With the aim of preserving seed diversity and genetic heritage, encouraging the adoption of organic farming practices, and improving rural livelihoods, GREEN Foundation works through around 40 farmers' groups – termed Krishi Self-Help Groups – covering 30 villages across the northern districts of Karnataka, comprising a target population of almost 5,000 farmers, with a particular focus on w

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Green Life Association of Amazonia (AVIVE)- Brazil

Since 1999, the Green Life Association of Amazonia (Associação Vida Verde da Amazônia – AVIVE) has worked on the island of Silves, deep in the heart of the Amazon rainforest, to build a trade in aromatic soaps, candles, cosmetics, and perfumes containing the oils of medicinal plants such as rosewood and andiroba. By adding value to the raw materials obtained from native forest species and

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Guassa-Menz Community Conservation Area- Ethiopia

For over 400 years, the grasslands in the Guassa area of Menz in Ethiopia's central highlands were governed under a communal management system known as Qero. In this system, elected headmen determined when and for how long local people could harvest thatch grass and graze their livestock. Following the 1974 revolution and the collapse of the Qero system due to agrarian reform, the Guassa area s

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Heiveld Co-operative- South Africa

Equator Prize for Sustainable Land Management in Sub-Saharan Africa

Since 2001 Heiveld Co-operative has worked with small-scale rooibos tea farmers to provide organic and fair trade certification, as well as support with market access. In response to climate variability, farmers are cultivating drought-resistant varieties of rooibos. Collabo

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Honey Care Africa- Kenya

Honey Care Africa is a social enterprise that strives to raise incomes for rural Kenyan farmers through apiculture. Taking advantage of a tradition of beekeeping as a supplementary source of food and cash income for Kenyan farmers, the enterprise has sought to improve the productivity and viability of this sustainable livelihood activity as an alternative to poaching, timber-felling, and charco

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Il Ngwesi Group Ranch- Kenya

This Maasai group ranch in the central Kenyan district of Laikipia has established an 8,645-hectare community-conserved area that balances the needs of local pastoralists with wildlife conservation and the operation of a lucrative eco-lodge. One of the pioneering and most successful of Kenya's Maasai-owned ecotourism initiatives, Il Ngwesi has served as a model for replication across the countr

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Indigenous Community of Nuevo San Juan Parangaricutiro - Mexico

The town of Nuevo San Juan Parangaricutiro is located in the western part of the Mexican state of Michoacán; its name refers to the destruction of the original San Juan Parangaricutiro during the eruption of the Parícutin volcano in 1943. Since 1982, local indigenous Purépecha community members have been engaged in sustainable timber and non-timber forest extraction and processing from the t

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Indigenous Tourism Network of Mexico- Mexico

The Indigenous Tourism Network of Mexico promotes a self-reliance approach to indigenous community development, emphasising sustainable livelihoods in communities working for the conservation and sustainable use of biodiversity. The organization, primarily focused on ecotourism and microenterprises, mobilises indigenous communities through a collaborative and participatory network with the aim

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Instrument of Peace School- Niger

The village of Saga, located south of Niamey on the banks of the Niger River, was the initial setting for an innovative experiment in converting a troublesome invasive species in the river basin into an economic opportunity for the local community. Water hyacinth (Eichhornia crassipes) has clogged local irrigation systems, limited navigability of the river, restricted access to local markets, a

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Integrated Development in Focus- Ghana

Equator Prize for Sustainable Land Management in Sub-Saharan Africa

By equipping women with financial and technical resources to restore degraded lands and develop small-scale enterprises, Integrated Development in Focus is improving crop yields and local incomes. Women-led groups have planted three million trees and restored 350 hectares of

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Integrated Forestry Enterprise of Bayamo- Cuba

The Integrated Forestry Enterprise of Bayamo is a state-run forest enterprise operating in the Cuban province of Granma. In 1999, Granma was one of two pilot sites for the ecological forest farms (Fincas Forestales Ecológicas) initiative, which put reforestation of Cuba's Cauto River basin in the hands of smallholder farmers.

The working model saw land divided into plots and assigned t

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Inter-institutional Consortium for Sustainable Agriculture (CIPASLA) - Colombia

The Department of Cauca in southern Colombia has suffered from years of armed guerilla conflict, which has left a struggling local economy and high levels of poverty in its wake. The Inter-institutional Consortium for Sustainable Agriculture has worked since 1993 to make local agriculture more profitable and sustainable by introducing new high-value crops and encouraging agriculture-related bus

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Itoh Community Graziers Common Initiative Group- Cameroon

Through participatory planning and mapping exercises, the agro-pastoralist Itoh community conserves land around the Kilum mountain forest for grazing and agriculture. This forest fragment had previously been under threat from encroachment for timber harvesting and clearing for agriculture; it is the largest remnant of montane forest in the Bamenda Highlands of Cameroon's Northwest Province. The

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Ixpiyakok Women's Association (ADEMI) - Guatemala

The Ixpiyakok Women's Association brings together 30 groups of Maya women in Chimaltenango to improve local food security and nutrition through organic family farms and seed banks. Originally launched as a credit and savings program for local women, the association has expanded into health and education service provision, as well as advocacy for women’s rights. The association supports the cr

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Jeffrey Town Farmers' Association- Jamaica

Developed in response to land degradation, natural disasters, and irregular water supply, Jeffrey Town Farmers' Association employs a multi-media approach to inform and educate farming communities on alternative energy options, sustainable agriculture techniques and disaster risk reduction. The association focuses on pineapple farming, water harvesting, and reforestation. Fruit-bearing trees ar

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Kalinga Mission for Indigenous Children and Youth Development, Inc. (KAMICYDI)- Philippines

Kalinga Mission for Indigenous Children and Youth Development, Inc. (KAMICYDI) works to improve food security for the indigenous Kalinga people of the Philippines Cordillera, while ensuring the ecological integrity of the area's mountain forests. The association draws from traditional farming practices and customary forest management systems.

These traditional approaches have been augme

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Kanghua Community Development Center- China

The Kangmei Institute of Community Development and Marketing assists villagers in the middle and upper reaches of the Yangtze River in China to establish farmer cooperatives and resource management plans that promote the sustainable harvesting of wild herbs and protect giant panda bear habitats.  The unsustainable extraction of medicinal plants has historically had a negative impact on pandas

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Kapawi Ecolodge and Reserve- Ecuador

Kapawi Ecolodge is a highly successful community-based ecotourism initiative in the southeastern Ecuadorian Amazon that is wholly operated by local Achuar communities through the Complejo Ecoturistico Kapawi Sociedad Anonima, a limited company that employs 32 staff at the reserve and in two urban offices. Founded by a private tour operator in 1995, the enterprise was transferred in 2008 to a re

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Kasisi Agricultural Training Centre- Zambia

Equator Prize for Sustainable Land Management in Sub-Saharan Africa

Reaching over 10,000 small-scale farmers, Kasisi Agricultural Training Centre provides agricultural extension services, research, and support marketing local products to local farmers. Demonstration plots are used for hands-on learning and for agricultural research. The cent

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Kerala Kani Community Welfare Trust- India

The Kerala Kani Community Welfare Trust is the result of an innovative partnership between a community of the indigenous Kani people, based in the Western Ghats, Kerala, and a private institute that has developed a medicinal product using local genetic resources and traditional knowledge. The discovery of the medicinal qualities of the Arogyapacha plant (Trichopus zeylanicus) was based on its l

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Kibale Association for Rural and Environmental Development (KAFRED) - Uganda

The village community of Bigodi, near Fort Portal, western Uganda, straddles an eight kilometre stretch of papyrus wetland that is home to an abundance of wildlife. Eight primate species and more than 200 bird species draw tourists from neighbouring Kibale Forest National Park, for which the Bigodi swamp forms an important wildlife corridor. Through the work of Kibale Association for Rural and

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Kijabe Environment Volunteers (KENVO)- Kenya

Kijabe Environment Volunteers (KENVO) has worked with rural communities on the Kikuyu Escarpment in Kenya since 1996, with a primary focus on forest conservation and reforestation in response to human pressures on the escarpment's forests. The organization has evolved beyond this initial focus, however, into a flexible delivery mechanism for donor-funded interventions and a powerful vehicle for

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Kipsaina Cranes and Wetlands Conservation Group- Kenya

This community-based organization has worked since 1990 to conserve wetlands and biodiversity in and around Saiwa Swamp National Park, home to approximately 25 per cent of Kenya's vulnerable Grey Crowned Crane population. During the 1980s eucalyptus cultivation resulted in drainage of the swamp and damage to habitats.

The catalyst for reversing these trends came from a leader of the loc

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Koolel-Kab/Muuchkambal- Mexico

Founded by Mayan women, Koolel-Kab/Muuchkambal is an organic farming and agroforestry initiative that works on forest conservation (they established a 5,000-hectare community forest), promoting indigenous land rights, environmental education, and community-level disaster risk reduction strategies. The association advocates for public policies that stop deforestation and offer alternatives to in

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Kwetu Training Centre for Sustainable Development- Kenya

Kwetu Training Centre is based in Kenya's coastal district of Kilifi, where it uses a model demonstration site and extensive youth group engagement to promote sustainable environmental management of the coast's mangrove forests. This has incorporated voluntary reforestation efforts and the development of silviculture activities based around the mangrove ecosystems, such as crab farming, bee kee

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Local Federation of Economic Interest Groups of Niodior (FELOGIE-Niodior)- Senegal

Since 2005, this federation of women's economic interest groups, centered on the island of Niodior, has worked to rehabilitate mangrove ecosystems and promote natural resource management in the Saloum Delta Biosphere Reserve. The group was founded in response to multiple pressures on the reserve's mangrove and marine resources, and a 22-woman monitoring committee was established to regulate the

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Maasai Wilderness Conservation Trust - Kenya

Maasai Wilderness Conservation Trust (MWCT) preserves the wilderness, wildlife, and cultural heritage of the Amboseli-Tsavo ecosystem – an important migration corridor between two national parks.  The organization of Maasai communities has mitigated unsustainable practices such as overgrazing and water-intensive farming and introduced alternative livelihood options, including ecotourism.  T

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