Equator Prize 2023
Call for nominations

Celebrating the role of Local Action in achieving the Global Biodiversity Framework

This year’s Equator Prize will recognize innovative initiatives from Indigenous peoples and local communities that showcase approaches to implementing the newly-approved Global Biodiversity Framework, with an emphasis on nature-based solutions that achieve local sustainable development. Winning initiatives will be honored for their successes in protecting, restoring, and/or sustainably managing nature for nature-positive development outcomes.

Award Ceremony

Meet the Winners of the Equator Prize 2022
10 outstanding Indigenous Peoples and Local Communities around the world demonstrating the power of local action and traditional knowledge.
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Indigenous Peoples and Local Communities Engagement at COP 26 and the Way Forward
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 Solutions Database

Nature-Based Solutions
Learn how outstanding local communities and indigenous peoples make possible the achievement of the UN Sustainable Development Goals through nature-based actions.
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The Equator Initiative provides opportunities for indigenous peoples and local communities around the world to address the challenges of land degradation, biodiversity conservation and livelihood improvement in a socially equitable manner


















Advocating for Global Change

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Nashulai Maasai Conservancy

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.

This 2,400 hectare protected area forms an important ecological corridor in the Maasai Mara and has attracted elephants, zebras, giraffes, lions and numerous other species.


We believe in the power of knowledge sharing. Equator Initiative's E-Library provides a series of publications, case studies and other resources specifically created to be shared among the communities, partners and  government. 



Explore our media library, discover hundreds of pictures and videos from the local communities and indigenous peoples.



The Equator Initiative is a multi-sector partnership that brings together the United Nations, governments, civil society, and grassroots organizations.


Since 2002 Equator Initiative has been supporting 208 local communities and indigenous peoples from 70 countries  that are advancing nature-based solutions for local sustainable development.

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