Equator Prize Winners

15 years advancing solutions for local sustainable development.

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In 2011, the 10,000-year-old hunter-gatherer Hadzabe tribe secured the first-ever Certificate of Customary Right of occupancy in Tanzania, granting them rights to over 20,000 hectares of their traditional lands. Building on this landmark victory, the Hadzabe partnered with Carbon Tanzania to sell carbon credits to the voluntary carbon market.…

In South Benin, Centre Régional de Recherche et d’Education pour un Développement Intégré is putting youth at the centre of efforts to mitigate climate change while promoting community resilience. Established in 2006, CREDI-ONG has created an agroecological farm and a 67,000-hectare Community Natural Park in the Sitatunga Valley.…

In the Amazonas Department of Peru, Ejecutor de Contrato de Administración Tuntanain has created a powerful collaboration with the National Service of Protected Areas (SERNANP) to co-manage 94,967 hectares of forest. The group’s primary aim is to reduce vulnerability to climate change through climate change mitigation, sustainable production, and inclusive governance.…

Formed by Sherani tribes in 2012 in response to accelerating deforestation in Chilghoza Forest, Kasa Ghar Cluster Community Based Organization (CBO) sustainably manages 26,000 hectares of forest in Pakistan’s Sulaiman Range.…

Associação Indígena Kisêdjê (Kisêdjê Indigenous Association) brings together 500 indigenous Kisêdjê people inhabiting the Wawi Indigenous Land of Brazil. Living in one of the world’s most biodiverse areas, the Kisêdjê faced widespread incursions and deforestation that led their culture to be at the brink of collapse.…

In the isolated Ene Basin of the Peruvian Amazon, Kemito Ene brings together indigenous Asháninka people to sustainably produce and export certified organic cacao to Australia and Europe. This successful indigenous social business enterprise is a model for sustainable commodity supply chains worldwide.…

The Yurok Tribe, native to Northern California, demonstrates how tribal sovereignty, sustainable forest management, climate change mitigation, and cultural resilience can be advanced through tribal innovation and collaboration.…

Operating the Bijagós Archipelago off the western coast of Guinea-Bissau, Conselho de Gestão da Área Marinha Protegida Comunitária Urok was created in 2005 by indigenous Bijagós communities to strengthen social, cultural, and environmental resilience…

Environmental Management and Development Trust (EMADET) has created a powerful alternative to deforestation and single use plastics in southwestern Nigeria. Through the promotion of cacao agroforestry the organization has supported cultivation of economically useful understory crops, including the so-called miracle fruit (Thaumatococcus daniellii).…

In Vanuatu, the world’s most vulnerable nation to climate change, Ser-Thiac shows the power of local leadership and resilience. Ser-Thiac protects and restores tropical rainforests, sequestering carbon while reducing vulnerability to flooding, drought, and wind damage.…

An innovative partnership involving the Kutkabubba aboriginal community in Western Australia, Dutjahn Sandalwood Oils Pty Ltd produces sandalwood oil for export to the global luxury perfume market.…

Fondo de Páramos Tungurahua y Lucha Contra la Pobreza (Fund for the Tungurahua Paramos and the Fight Against Poverty) is an innovative model of public-private-community partnership for the paramos, its water, and its people.…

A sustained presence in the Intag Valley for over 20 years, DECOIN provides essential support to communities resisting mining interests, conserving over 12,000 hectares of Andean biodiversity and advancing alternative livelihood options for 38 communities.…

Under the leadership of local Dayak communities, Yayasan Planet Indonesia creates conservation compacts and community businesses that provide sustainable livelihoods, enhance local resilience, and protect intact native ecosystems.…

Public Foundation 'Zhassyl Azyk' utilizes sustainable alfalfa production to restore soil fertility, conserve water, and improve agricultural yields in a drought-prone region of Kazakstan, providing scalable solutions that address global challenges of food security, land degradation, water scarcity, and adaptation to climate change.…

The Kuruwitu Conservation and Welfare Association is the first locally managed marine area in Kenya, a 'small but beautiful' initiative grounded in local community needs that has become a nation-wide model for sustainable fisheries, sea turtle protection, and small-scale businesses for better livelihoods.…

The Mali Elephant Project promotes social cohesion, reduces violent extremism, and protects a critical population of the endangered African elephant through dynamic community-led natural resource management, support for alternative livelihoods, and a youth 'eco-guardian' initiative in a conflict zone.…

This first community-based initiative of its kind, Mikoko Pamoja advances mangrove restoration through carbon credit-based payments for ecosystem services, and reinvests profits in the local community.…

Engaging at the nexus of nutrition, sustainable agriculture, and gender, Swayam Shikshan Prayog empowers 72,000 women in the drought-prone state of Maharashtra to act as decision-makers, improving their health, food security, and economic well-being.…

After their 192-hectare mangrove forest protected them from a devastating tsunami, the community of Baan Bang La rallied to secure forest management rights, a process which has ensured ecosystem health, increased populations of endangered species, built disaster resilience, and generated opportunities for small business owners.…