Meet the winners of the Equator Prize 2020

Announcing the Winners of the Equator Prize 2020 Nature for Life: 10 communities honored for local, innovative, nature-based solutions The Equator Initiative is pleased to announce the winners of the Equator Prize 2020. Each of the 10 winners represents outstanding community and indigenous initiatives that are advancing nature-based solutions for local sustainable development. Following a global call for nominations, the Equator Initiative received 583 nominations from 120 countries around the world. An extensive, four-stage peer-review process guided by our Technical Advisory Committee of international experts was undertaken over the last several months. Winners will be celebrated through a series of virtual events in September 2020 during Climate Week NYC, in parallel with the UN General Assembly and Nature Summit. Please find below summaries on each of the Equator Prize 2020 winners. Hover over the organization name for a description of the initiative. All Winners Vie Sauvage June 4, 2020 Nashulai Maasai Conservancy June 4, 2020 Salween Peace Park June 4, 2020 Asociación de Forestería Comunitaria Utz Che’ June 4, 2020 Łutsël K’e Dene First Nation June 4, 2020 Alianza Ceibo June 4, 2020 Vondron’Olona Ifotony Tatamo Miray an’Andranobe June 4, 2020 Alliance of the Indigenous Peoples of the Kayan Mentarang National Park June 4, 2020 Boon Rueang Wetland Forest Conservation Group June 4, 2020 Mujeres y Ambiente SPR de RL de CV June 4, 2020 By region Asia and the Pacific Salween Peace Park – Myanmar In an area of South-Eastern Myanmar marked by 70 years of conflict, the Salween Peace Park is the result of a Karen indigenous grassroots movement for stability and conservation of a 5,400 square kilometer continuous ecosystem made up of protected areas… Read more Alliance of the Indigenous Peoples of the Kayan Mentarang National Park – Indonesia Bringing together 11 indigenous groups, Forum Musyawarah Masyarakat Adat Taman Nasional Kayan Mentarang (FoMMA) advocates for the rights of communities who live on 20,000 square kilometers…Read more Boon Rueang Wetland Forest Conservation Group – Thailand The Boon Rueang Wetland Forest Conservation Group formed in response to threats against the largest wetland forest in the Ing River Basin in Northern Thailand. he community has maintained stewardship over the 483 hectare… Read more Made with Freemake   Latin America and the Caribbean Asociación de Forestería Comunitaria Utz Che’ – Guatemala Utz Che’ is a network of over 40 indigenous and local communities and farmer associations representing about 200,000 people in the entire country, 90% of them indigenous…Read more Alianza Ceibo – Ecuador Alianza Ceibo unites four indigenous peoples in their struggle to counter environmental degradation to protect over 20,000 square kilometers of primary rainforest across four provinces and 70 communities in the Ecuadorian Amazon….Read more Mujeres y Ambiente SPR de RL de CV – Mexico In the state of Querétaro, this women-founded and women-led association has been working with an environmentally-minded Spanish company, the Mexican Government, and a local university to develop and market cosmetics based on the ‘toronjil’… Read more Made with Freemake   Sub-Saharan Africa Vie Sauvage – Democratic Republic of the Congo In a remote part of the Congo Basin, Vie Sauvage has pioneered a holistic model for community development, conservation, and peace-building, helping to create and manage a 4,875 km2 reserve for the bonobo (a great ape) and other endangered species. Nashulai Maasai Conservancy – Kenya Among the first indigenous owned and managed conservancies in East Africa, Nashulai Maasai Conservancy is at the forefront of a paradigm shift towards a mixed-use conservation model…Read more Vondron’Olona Ifotony Tatamo Miray an’Andranobe – Madagascar In 2004, facing the deterioration of the 90-hectare Andranobe Lake which provided the base of their local fishing and agriculture livelihoods, four communities in central Madagascar came together to form the community-based organization Tatamo Miray an’Andranobe… Read more Made with Freemake   Global North Łutsël K’e Dene First Nation – Canada After 40 years of advocacy, the Łutsël K’é Dene First Nation achieved the vision of protecting their land and waters for future generations in 2019 by signing agreements with national and territorial governments to officially create Thaidene Nëné, a 26,000 square kilometer protected area…Read more Made with Freemake To learn more about the winners of the Equator Prize 2020 and our latest news, follow us on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.