The Equator Prize, organized by the Equator Initiative within the United Nations Development Programme, is awarded biennially to recognize outstanding community efforts to reduce poverty through the conservation and sustainable use of biodiversity. As sustainable community initiatives take root throughout the tropics, they are laying the foundation for a global movement of local successes that are collectively making a contribution to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). As local and indigenous groups across the tropics demonstrate and exemplify sustainable development, the Equator Prize shines a spotlight on their efforts by celebrating them on an international stage.

Selection criteria

Equator Prize winners are selected by an independent Technical Advisory Committee, which assesses nominations based on the following criteria:

Impact: The extent to which the nominated initiative has resulted in measurable and positive environmental, social and economic impacts, related to two or more Sustainable Development Goals;

Impact: The extent to which the nominated initiative has resulted in measurable and positive environmental, social and economic impacts, related to two or more Sustainable Development Goals;

Innovación: La medida en que la iniciativa nominada demuestra nuevos enfoques y modelos que superan las limitaciones imperantes y podrían ofrecer enfoques fundamentalmente nuevos para alcanzar el desarrollo sostenible;

Innovación: La medida en que la iniciativa nominada demuestra nuevos enfoques y modelos que superan las limitaciones imperantes y podrían ofrecer enfoques fundamentalmente nuevos para alcanzar el desarrollo sostenible;

Escalabilidad y/o replicabilidad: La medida en que la iniciativa propuesta podría ampliarse a escala subnacional o nacional y/o, la medida en que la iniciativa puede reproducirse dentro y fuera del país;

Escalabilidad y/o replicabilidad: La medida en que la iniciativa propuesta podría ampliarse a escala subnacional o nacional y/o, la medida en que la iniciativa puede reproducirse dentro y fuera del país;

Resilience, Adaptability, and Self-Sufficiency: The extent to which the nominated initiative demonstrates adaptability to environmental, social and economic change, resilience in the face of external pressures, and improved capacity for local self-sufficiency;

Resilience, Adaptability, and Self-Sufficiency: The extent to which the nominated initiative demonstrates adaptability to environmental, social and economic change, resilience in the face of external pressures, and improved capacity for local self-sufficiency;

Reduced inequalities: The extent to which the initiative reduces inequalities in income as well as those based on age, sex, disability, race, ethnicity, origin, religion or economic or other status, particular for the poor;

Reduced inequalities: The extent to which the initiative reduces inequalities in income as well as those based on age, sex, disability, race, ethnicity, origin, religion or economic or other status, particular for the poor;

Gender Equality: The extent to which the nominated Initiative promotes the equality and empowerment of women and girls.

Gender Equality: The extent to which the nominated Initiative promotes the equality and empowerment of women and girls.

Eligibility criteria

Para optar al Premio Ecuatorial, deben cumplirse los siguientes requisitos:

The initiative must have been in existence for at least three years, and/or the actions taken must have been in place for at least three years.

The nominee must be either a local community-based group, operating in a rural area, based in a country receiving support from the United Nations Development Programme (for a list of eligible countries, see the list below); or an Indigenous Peoples’ community in any country, operating in a rural area.

The actions taken must be nature-based, and must deliver benefits related to two or more Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

The initiative must have been in existence for at least three years, and/or the actions taken must have been in place for at least three years.

The nominee must be either a local community-based group, operating in a rural area, based in a country receiving support from the United Nations Development Programme (for a list of eligible countries, see the list below); or an Indigenous Peoples’ community in any country, operating in a rural area.

The actions taken must be nature-based, and must deliver benefits related to two or more Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Eligible initiatives

  • Community-based associations or organizations
  • Women's associations or organizations
  • Youth groups or associations
  • Community-based enterprises and cooperatives
  • Indigenous or ethnic minority groups or associations
  • Non-governmental organizations
  • Community-based associations or organizations
  • Women's associations or organizations
  • Youth groups or associations
  • Community-based enterprises and cooperatives
  • Indigenous or ethnic minority groups or associations
  • Non-governmental organizations

Eligible countries

Local community based-groups must be located in one of the countries listed below. Click the region to expand. Indigenous Peoples’ communities from any country may nominate.

  • Albania
  • Armenia
  • Azerbaiyán
  • Bielorrusia
  • Bosnia and Herzegovina
  • Georgia
  • Kazajstán
  • Kosovo (in the context of UNSCR 1244)
  • Kirguistán
  • Macedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic of
  • Moldavia
  • Montenegro
  • Serbia
  • Tayikistán
  • Turquía
  • Turkmenistán
  • Ucrania
  • Uzbekistán
  • Argelia
  • Yibuti
  • Egipto
  • Eritrea
  • Irán
  • Iraq
  • Jordan
  • Kuwait
  • Líbano
  • Libia
  • Marruecos
  • State of Palestine
  • Arabia Saudí
  • Somalia
  • Sudán
  • Siria
  • Túnez
  • Yemen
  • Antigua and Barbuda
  • Argentina
  • Barbados
  • Belice
  • Bolivia
  • Brasil
  • Chile
  • Colombia
  • Costa Rica
  • Cuba
  • Dominica
  • República Dominicana
  • Ecuador
  • El Salvador
  • Granada
  • Guatemala
  • Guyana
  • Haití
  • Honduras
  • Jamaica
  • México
  • Nicaragua
  • Panamá
  • Paraguay
  • Perú
  • Saint Kitts and Nevis
  • Saint Lucia
  • Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
  • Surinam
  • Trinidad and Tobago
  • Uruguay
  • Venezuela
  • Afganistán
  • Bangladesh
  • Bután
  • Camboya
  • China
  • Islas Cook
  • Fiyi
  • India
  • Indonesia
  • Kiribati
  • Laos
  • Malasia
  • Maldivas
  • Islas Marshall
  • Micronesia, Federated States of
  • Mongolia
  • Myanmar
  • Nauru
  • Nepal
  • Niue
  • Pakistán
  • Palau
  • Papúa Nueva Guinea
  • Filipinas
  • Samoa
  • Islas Salomón
  • Sri Lanka
  • Tailandia
  • Timor Oriental
  • Tonga
  • Tuvalu
  • Vanuatu
  • Vietnam
  • Angola
  • Benín
  • Botsuana
  • Burkina Faso
  • Burundi
  • Camerún
  • Cabo Verde
  • República Centroafricana
  • Chad
  • Comoras
  • Congo, Democratic
  • Republic of the
  • Congo, Republic of
  • Cote d'Ivoire
  • Guinea Ecuatorial
  • Etiopía
  • Gabón
  • Gambia
  • Ghana
  • Guinea
  • Guinea-Bissau
  • Kenia
  • Lesotho
  • Liberia
  • Madagascar
  • Malawi
  • Mali
  • Mauritania
  • Mauricio
  • Mozambique
  • Namibia
  • Níger
  • Nigeria
  • Ruanda
  • Sao Tome and Principe
  • Senegal
  • Seychelles
  • Sierra Leona
  • Sudáfrica
  • Sudán del Sur
  • Suazilandia
  • Tanzania
  • Togo
  • Uganda
  • Zambia
  • Zimbabue
  • Australia
  • Canadá
  • Greenland, Constituent Country in the Kingdom of Denmark
  • Hong Kong Special Administrative Region of the People's Republic of China
  • Israel
  • Japón
  • Macao Special Administrative Region of the People's Republic of China
  • Member states of the European Union
  • Nueva Zelanda
  • Rusia
  • Singapur
  • Republic of Korea
  • Taiwan, Province of China
  • Estados Unidos
  • Albania
  • Armenia
  • Azerbaiyán
  • Bielorrusia
  • Bosnia and Herzegovina
  • Georgia
  • Kazajstán
  • Kosovo (in the context of UNSCR 1244)
  • Kirguistán
  • Macedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic of
  • Moldavia
  • Montenegro
  • Serbia
  • Tayikistán
  • Turquía
  • Turkmenistán
  • Ucrania
  • Uzbekistán
  • Argelia
  • Yibuti
  • Egipto
  • Eritrea
  • Irán
  • Iraq
  • Jordan
  • Kuwait
  • Líbano
  • Libia
  • Marruecos
  • State of Palestine
  • Arabia Saudí
  • Somalia
  • Sudán
  • Siria
  • Túnez
  • Yemen
  • Antigua and Barbuda
  • Argentina
  • Barbados
  • Belice
  • Bolivia
  • Brasil
  • Chile
  • Colombia
  • Costa Rica
  • Cuba
  • Dominica
  • República Dominicana
  • Ecuador
  • El Salvador
  • Granada
  • Guatemala
  • Guyana
  • Haití
  • Honduras
  • Jamaica
  • México
  • Nicaragua
  • Panamá
  • Paraguay
  • Perú
  • Saint Kitts and Nevis
  • Saint Lucia
  • Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
  • Surinam
  • Trinidad and Tobago
  • Uruguay
  • Venezuela
  • Afganistán
  • Bangladesh
  • Bután
  • Camboya
  • China
  • Islas Cook
  • Fiyi
  • India
  • Indonesia
  • Kiribati
  • Laos
  • Malasia
  • Maldivas
  • Islas Marshall
  • Micronesia, Federated States of
  • Mongolia
  • Myanmar
  • Nauru
  • Nepal
  • Niue
  • Pakistán
  • Palau
  • Papúa Nueva Guinea
  • Filipinas
  • Samoa
  • Islas Salomón
  • Sri Lanka
  • Tailandia
  • Timor Oriental
  • Tonga
  • Tuvalu
  • Vanuatu
  • Vietnam
  • Angola
  • Benín
  • Botsuana
  • Burkina Faso
  • Burundi
  • Camerún
  • Cabo Verde
  • República Centroafricana
  • Chad
  • Comoras
  • Congo, Democratic
  • Republic of the
  • Congo, Republic of
  • Cote d'Ivoire
  • Guinea Ecuatorial
  • Etiopía
  • Gabón
  • Gambia
  • Ghana
  • Guinea
  • Guinea-Bissau
  • Kenia
  • Lesotho
  • Liberia
  • Madagascar
  • Malawi
  • Mali
  • Mauritania
  • Mauricio
  • Mozambique
  • Namibia
  • Níger
  • Nigeria
  • Ruanda
  • Sao Tome and Principe
  • Senegal
  • Seychelles
  • Sierra Leona
  • Sudáfrica
  • Sudán del Sur
  • Suazilandia
  • Tanzania
  • Togo
  • Uganda
  • Zambia
  • Zimbabue
  • Australia
  • Canadá
  • Greenland, Constituent Country in the Kingdom of Denmark
  • Hong Kong Special Administrative Region of the People's Republic of China
  • Israel
  • Japón
  • Macao Special Administrative Region of the People's Republic of China
  • Member states of the European Union
  • Nueva Zelanda
  • Rusia
  • Singapur
  • Republic of Korea
  • Taiwan, Province of China
  • Estados Unidos
  • Albania
  • Armenia
  • Azerbaiyán
  • Bielorrusia
  • Bosnia and Herzegovina
  • Georgia
  • Kazajstán
  • Kosovo (in the context of UNSCR 1244)
  • Kirguistán
  • Macedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic of
  • Moldavia
  • Montenegro
  • Serbia
  • Tayikistán
  • Turquía
  • Turkmenistán
  • Ucrania
  • Uzbekistán
  • Argelia
  • Yibuti
  • Egipto
  • Eritrea
  • Irán
  • Iraq
  • Jordan
  • Kuwait
  • Líbano
  • Libia
  • Marruecos
  • State of Palestine
  • Arabia Saudí
  • Somalia
  • Sudán
  • Siria
  • Túnez
  • Yemen
  • Antigua and Barbuda
  • Argentina
  • Barbados
  • Belice
  • Bolivia
  • Brasil
  • Chile
  • Colombia
  • Costa Rica
  • Cuba
  • Dominica
  • República Dominicana
  • Ecuador
  • El Salvador
  • Granada
  • Guatemala
  • Guyana
  • Haití
  • Honduras
  • Jamaica
  • México
  • Nicaragua
  • Panamá
  • Paraguay
  • Perú
  • Saint Kitts and Nevis
  • Saint Lucia
  • Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
  • Surinam
  • Trinidad and Tobago
  • Uruguay
  • Venezuela
  • Afganistán
  • Bangladesh
  • Bután
  • Camboya
  • China
  • Islas Cook
  • Fiyi
  • India
  • Indonesia
  • Kiribati
  • Laos
  • Malasia
  • Maldivas
  • Islas Marshall
  • Micronesia, Federated States of
  • Mongolia
  • Myanmar
  • Nauru
  • Nepal
  • Niue
  • Pakistán
  • Palau
  • Papúa Nueva Guinea
  • Filipinas
  • Samoa
  • Islas Salomón
  • Sri Lanka
  • Tailandia
  • Timor Oriental
  • Tonga
  • Tuvalu
  • Vanuatu
  • Vietnam
  • Angola
  • Benín
  • Botsuana
  • Burkina Faso
  • Burundi
  • Camerún
  • Cabo Verde
  • República Centroafricana
  • Chad
  • Comoras
  • Congo, Democratic
  • Republic of the
  • Congo, Republic of
  • Cote d'Ivoire
  • Guinea Ecuatorial
  • Etiopía
  • Gabón
  • Gambia
  • Ghana
  • Guinea
  • Guinea-Bissau
  • Kenia
  • Lesotho
  • Liberia
  • Madagascar
  • Malawi
  • Mali
  • Mauritania
  • Mauricio
  • Mozambique
  • Namibia
  • Níger
  • Nigeria
  • Ruanda
  • Sao Tome and Principe
  • Senegal
  • Seychelles
  • Sierra Leona
  • Sudáfrica
  • Sudán del Sur
  • Suazilandia
  • Tanzania
  • Togo
  • Uganda
  • Zambia
  • Zimbabue
  • Australia
  • Canadá
  • Greenland, Constituent Country in the Kingdom of Denmark
  • Hong Kong Special Administrative Region of the People's Republic of China
  • Israel
  • Japón
  • Macao Special Administrative Region of the People's Republic of China
  • Member states of the European Union
  • Nueva Zelanda
  • Rusia
  • Singapur
  • Republic of Korea
  • Taiwan, Province of China
  • Estados Unidos