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August 20, 2019

Year: 2015

Country: Indonesia

Organization: Komunitas Adat Muara Tae

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Year: 2015

Country: Papua New Guinea

Organization: Wanang Convervation Area

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Year: 2015

Country: Madagascar

Organization: Union Soamitambatra

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Ejecutor de Contrato de Adminstracion de la Reserva Comunal Amarakeri (ECA-RCA)

In the South Peruvian Madre de Dios Department, ten indigenous communities came together with government authorities to form Ejecutor de Contrato de Administración de la Reserva Comunal Amarakaeri (ECA-RCA, Executor of the Administrative Contract of the Amarakaeri Communal Reserve) to protect their ancestral rainforest. In a powerful example of the potential for shared governance and co-management, the group has worked hand-in-hand with the National Service of Protected Areas (SERNANP) to mitigate climate change through the sustainable management of the Amarakaeri Communal Reserve. Covering 402,335 hectares, the reserve is recognized by IUCN and protects primary forest in its entirety in an area under threat from illegal mining. ECA-RCA places priority on the engagement of youth and women, with youth comprising 60 percent of the reserve surveillance team and women occupying key leadership positions. ECA-RCA is a positive example of polycentric governance that shows how co-management of ecologically vulnerable natural resources between state and local communities can be effective.

 

Key Facts 

Equator Prize Winner: 2019

Founded: 2006

Location: Puerto Maldonado, Tambopata-Madre de Dios, Peru

Ecosystem: Forests, Wetlands and rivers

 Equator Prize 2019

  Latin America and the Caribbean

 Sustainable Forestry

 Freshwater Management

 


 

Contact Information

Walter Quertehuari Dariquebe
Presidente
wquertehuari@gmail.com
www.eca-amarakaeri.org.pe

 

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July 31, 2019

 

 

 

 

 

 

Comunidades Nativas de Nuevo Saposoa y Patria Nueva de Mediación Callería

Comunidades Nativas de Nuevo Saposoa y Patria Nueva de Mediación Callería (Native Communities of Nuevo Saposoa and Patria Nueva de Mediación Callería) brings together two indigenous Shipibo communities in the Peruvian province of Ucayali to monitor and protect 15,000 hectares of ancestral territories. The association has developed an innovative approach to community-led monitoring using satellite imagery and mobile phone apps that enable them to rapidly detect and respond to illegal deforestation. By involving diverse community members, including youth, in monitoring efforts these communities have successfully reduced illegal deforestation from a rate of five percent annually to zero. The results of this community-led monitoring have led to unprecedented coordination with the regional government authorities and law enforcement, enabling the Shipibo communities to regain ancestral rights to lands illegally seized by loggers and coca growers.

 

Key Facts 

Equator Prize Winner: 2019

Founded: 2007

Location: Shipibo Konibo, Ucayali, Peru

Ecosystem: Forests, Wetlands and rivers

 Equator Prize 2019

  Latin America and the Caribbean

 Sustainable Forestry

 Freshwater Management


 

Contact Information

Tom Bewick
Country Director, Peru
tombewick@rffny.org
www.aider.com.pe/publicaciones

 

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Hui Mālama o Moʻomomi

In a remote area of the Hawaiian island of Molokai, Hui Mālama o Moʻomomi brings together native Hawaiian communities to sustainably manage their marine waters and fisheries in the face of climate change. Drawing on traditional ecological knowledge and values passed down for generations, the group manages its nearshore fisheries using the art of kilo, which monitors moon cycles and their effects on marine species and ecosystems. Pono fishing, or responsible fishing, ensures a healthy and abundant ecosystem. Through family fishing camps, place-based education, learning activities, and advocacy, Hui Mālama o Moʻomomi focuses on passing on these practices to the younger generation.

 

Key Facts 

Equator Prize Winner: 2019

Founded: 1993

Location: Hawaii, United States

Ecosystem: Oceans and coasts

 Equator Prize 2019

 Global North

Marine and Coastal Resource Management

 


 

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Kelson Mac Poepoe
Poʻo Lawaiʻa / Konohiki
karenpoepoe@yahoo.com

 

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Conselho Indígena de Roraima

Founded in 1990 to advocate for the autonomy of the indigenous peoples in Brazil’s northernmost state, Conselho Indígena de Roraima (Indigenous Council of Roraima) brings together nearly 55,000 indigenous people from the Macuxi, Wapichana, Taurepang, Ingarikó, Wai-Wai, Yanomami, Ye'kuana, Patamona, and Sapará groups. In 2010, the group achieved the demarcation of the 1.7 million-hectare territory of Raposa Serra do Sol. In a complementary initiative to ensure sustainable management of their land, Conselho Indígena de Roraima created the Indigenous Training and Culture Center Raposa Serra do Sol (CIFCRSS) in 1996 to provide training to indigenous peoples of Roraima in agroecology practices, promoting crop diversity, and strengthening the conservation of traditional seeds. These activities contribute to the resilience of these groups against the effects of climate change. The organization continues to advocate for recognition of indigenous tenure rights.

 

Key Facts 

Equator Prize Winner: 2019

Founded: 1990

Location: State of Roraima, Brazil

Ecosystem: Forests

 Equator Prize 2019

  Latin America and the Caribbean

 Sustainable Forestry

 


 

Contact Information

Enock Barroso Tenente
Manager
enocktenente@hotmail.com

 

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Indigenous Group of Dayak Iban Sungai Utik Long House

Throughout a 40-year campaign to obtain legal recognition of land rights to their 9,504-hectare customary forest, the Indigenous Group of Dayak Iban Sungai Utik Long House have consistently defended their lands against illegal logging, palm oil production, and corporate interests, protecting an estimated 1.31 million tons of carbon. Known as the Sungai Utik forest guardians, the group lives in West Kalimantan in a 214-metre traditional long house that accommodates 318 people. The Dayak Iban sustainably manage their forest in accordance with customary laws — 6,000 hectares are reserved as protected forest and 3,504 hectares are reserved for crop cultivation managed in a traditional rotation system. This management system provides the group with food, medicine, and clean water. Valuing nature and cultural integrity over temporary wealth from the sale of their land, the Dayak Iban illustrate the power of sustainable indigenous management for climate change mitigation and human well-being.
 

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Equator Prize Winner: 2019

Founded: 1978

Location: West Kalimatan, Indonesia

Ecosystem: Forests, Wetlands and rivers

 Equator Prize 2019

 Asia and the Pacific

 Sustainable Forestry

 Freshwater Management

 


 

Contact Information

Bandi Apai Janggut
President
yanisaloh@gmail.com

 

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Solar Freeze

Launched in Kenya in 2015, Solar Freeze is pioneering the production of cold storage units powered by solar energy for small-scale rural produce farmers. By providing mobile solar-powered cold rooms, this innovative entrepreneurial initiative enables farmers to reduce post-harvest losses by 90 percent and to grow more high-value crops, thus increasing household incomes and reducing greenhouse gas emissions through food loss. 80 percent of the 3,000 beneficiaries are women. The ‘Each One, Teach One - Train and Earn’ initiative within Solar Freeze mentors women and youth between the ages of 18 and 29 in the operation, maintenance, and repair of renewable energy equipment as well as in climate-smart agriculture. As a result of the mentorship provided by this skills-transfer program, 100 young people are earning an income through work that reduces agricultural carbon footprint. By filling a key gap in the supply chain, Solar Freeze increases smallholder income, mitigates climate change, and supports food security through replicable practices.

 

Key Facts 

Equator Prize Winner: 2019

Founded: 2015

Location: Machakos, Kenya

Ecosystem: Grasslands and Drylands

 Equator Prize 2019

  Sub-Saharan Africa

 Ecoagriculture and Food Security

 


 

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Dysmus Kisilu
Founder
dysmuskisilu@gmail.com
www.solarfreeze.co.ke

 

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