Announcing the Winners of the Equator Prize 2022 

Recognizing Indigenous Peoples and Local Communities putting into place economic and development transformations to achieve a nature-positive future for all


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EP Winners 2022

The UN Development Programme (UNDP) and partners announce the winners of the 13th Equator Prize, recognizing ten Indigenous peoples and local communities from nine countries. Winning organizations demonstrate how innovative, nature-based solutions can enable communities to achieve their own local development goals, while building community resilience, even in a time of economic, environmental, political and public health shocks. The announcement also marks the Equator Initiative’s 20th anniversary, recognizing 264 winners to date.

This year’s winners highlight the theme of the International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples: “The Role of Indigenous Women in the Preservation and Transmission of Traditional Knowledge.” Four of this year’s Equator Prize winners are women-led initiatives, all ten promote gender equality in their community, and all showcase the importance of placing traditional knowledge and nature-based solutions at the heart of local development. At a time when we are facing unprecedented planetary crises, it is essential to accelerate actions that protect and restore the world’s ecosystems, and Indigenous women are at the forefront of this work.

The winners, selected from a pool of over 500 nominations from 109 countries, hail from Brazil, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Ecuador, Gabon, Ghana, Panama, Papua New Guinea, Mozambique and Argentina. Equator Prize winners will receive US$10,000, and the opportunity to take part in a series of special virtual events associated with the UN General Assembly, the UNDP Nature for Life Hub, COP 27 in Egypt, and COP 15 in Montreal.

Meet the winners

Sunkpa Shea Women’s Cooperative

The Sunkpa Shea Women’s Cooperative is an Indigenous-women-led shea butter cooperative in the savannah region of Northern Ghana...
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RED TICCA “Territorios de Vida en Argentina”

An autonomous political organization of Indigenous peoples for the recognition and application of Indigenous rights and the defense of their territories at the national level. RED TICCA’s work promotes political recognition of Indigenous peoples as bearers of a millenary wisdom...
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Organización de Mujeres Indígenas Unidas por la Biodiversidad de Panamá (OMIUBP)

Through community level technical training, partnerships, and workshops, OMIUBP empowers women and youth from the Guna and Embera communities to effectively participate in and influence the implementation and monitoring of national and international laws...
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On Lake Oguemoue near Lambarene, Gabon, the local community group of OELO balances ecotourism with sustainable freshwater resource management to impact local policy...
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Ocean Revolution Moçambique

Ocean Revolution Moçambique has been revitalizing the ways that the Indigenous Peoples of Inhambane Bay have coexisted with the sea; to find, mentor and network new activists; and to protect and honor the ocean as a source of wealth...
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Mbou-Mon-Tour (MMT)

A non-governmental organization created in 1997 by local communities. With the support of their customary power in the Bolobo Territory, they founded the NGO following the observation of the depletion of wildlife in their territory and the effects of deforestation...
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Mauberema Ecotourism, Nature Conservation, Education, Research & Training Center (MENCERTC)

Founded in 2017 by a young Indigenous community member, MENCERT brings together 8 communities across the province to sustainably manage 665ha of a biodiversity hotspot...
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Coordinadora Nacional para la Defensea del Ecosistema Manglar (C-CONDEM)

C-Condem brings together community leaders, ecologists and researchers from Afro-Indigenous communities of Ecuador. C-Condem promotes self-sufficiency in the local communities of Esmeraldas vis-à-vis food sovereignty by restoring the local habitat...
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Associação Rede de Sementes do Xingu

The organization brings together women from 25 Indigenous, agricultural and urban communities in Brazil’s Xingu and Cerrado regions to promote the collection of over 220 native seed species for large-scale ecological reforestation...
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Associação Bebô Xikrin do Bacajá

Founded in 2003, the Associação Bebô Xirin do Bacajá is a non-profit Indigenous organization representing the Xikrin People of the Trincheira Bacajá Indigenous Land...
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Press release: Ten indigenous peoples and local communities from 9 countries bag 2022 Equator Prize

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Blog: Equator Prize 2022 winners showcase Indigenous and local solutions for people and planet

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Blog: Indigenous Women at the Forefront of Transformational Change

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