Equator Prize Winners

20 years of advancing nature-based solutions for local sustainable development.

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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 widesp…

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…

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 envi…

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 supporte…

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…

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 o…

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 …

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 fisherie…

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 alternativ…

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 …

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 en…

Tackling acute human-snow leopard conflicts in Pakistan, Baltistan Wildlife Conservation and Development Organization works in 17 villages to protect Baltistan’s snow leopards through insurance schemes and financial compensation a…

This association of 86 community-owned businesses has created a homestay web portal for sustainable jobs through ecotourism, guaranteeing hospitality standards and environmental sustainability while enhancing community well-being.…