Equator Prize 2017

A global search for  nature-based local solutions for sustainable development


The Equator Prize recognizes outstanding local and indigenous community initiatives from across the planet that are advancing innovative on-the-ground solutions to climate, environment and poverty challenges.

The Academy Awards-style Award Ceremony will convene over 1,500 people in New York, during the United Nations General Assembly, on September 17th, 2017, at the historic Town Hall theater. Celebrities, thought leaders, governments and dignitaries from around the world will present the awards to this year’s winners, complemented by short films and a musical performance.

Award categories will honor achievement and local innovation in the thematic areas of oceans, forests, grasslands, drylands, and wildlife protection. Gender, social inclusion, and rights to land and water will be a key focus of the evening.


Nature for development

This year’s Equator Prize winners feature innovative solutions related to protecting, restoring and/or sustainably managing nature to achieve local sustainable development, such as food security, water security, sustainable jobs and livelihoods, and disaster risk reduction. Crosscutting issues include advocacy for land and water rights, social and environmental justice, and gender equality. The selection of winners emphasized replicability and scalability of community initiatives to achieve progress on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

This year’s prize is awarded to 15 outstanding community and indigenous initiatives, meet them here.


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