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;

Innovation: The extent to which the nominated initiative demonstrates new approaches and models that overcome prevailing constraints, and could offer fundamentally new approaches to attaining sustainable development;

Innovation: The extent to which the nominated initiative demonstrates new approaches and models that overcome prevailing constraints, and could offer fundamentally new approaches to attaining sustainable development;

Scalability and/or replicability: The extent to which the nominated initiative could be scaled up sub-nationally or nationally and/or, the extent to which the initiative can be replicated within the country and beyond;

Scalability and/or replicability: The extent to which the nominated initiative could be scaled up sub-nationally or nationally and/or, the extent to which the initiative can be replicated within the country and beyond;

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

To be eligible for the Equator Prize, the following requirements apply:

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
  • Azerbaijan
  • Belarus
  • Bosnia and Herzegovina
  • Geórgia
  • Kazakhstan
  • Kosovo (in the context of UNSCR 1244)
  • Kyrgyzstan
  • Macedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic of
  • Moldova
  • Montenegro
  • Serbia
  • Tajikistan
  • Turkey
  • Turkmenistan
  • Ukraine
  • Uzbekistan
  • Algeria
  • Jibuti
  • Egypt
  • Eritrea
  • Iran
  • Iraq
  • Jordan
  • Kuwait
  • Lebanon
  • Libya
  • Morocco
  • State of Palestine
  • Saudi Arabia
  • Somalia
  • Sudan
  • Syria
  • Tunisia
  • Yemen
  • Antigua and Barbuda
  • Argentina
  • Barbados
  • Belize
  • Bolivia
  • Brazil
  • Chile
  • Colombia
  • Costa Rica
  • Cuba
  • Domínica
  • Dominican Republic
  • Ecuador
  • El Salvador
  • Granada
  • Guatemala
  • Guiana
  • Haiti
  • Honduras
  • Jamaica
  • Mexico
  • Nicaragua
  • Panamá
  • Paraguay
  • Peru
  • Saint Kitts and Nevis
  • Saint Lucia
  • Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
  • Suriname
  • Trinidad and Tobago
  • Uruguay
  • Venezuela
  • Afghanistan
  • Bangladesh
  • Bhutan
  • Cambodia
  • China
  • Cook Islands
  • Fiji
  • India
  • Indonesia
  • Kiribati
  • Laos
  • Malaysia
  • Maldivas
  • Marshall Islands
  • Micronesia, Federated States of
  • Mongolia
  • Myanmar
  • Nauru
  • Nepal
  • Niue
  • Pakistan
  • Palau
  • Papua New Guinea
  • Filipinas
  • Samoa
  • Solomon Islands
  • Sri Lanka
  • Thailand
  • Timor-Leste
  • Tonga
  • Tuvalu
  • Vanuatu
  • Viet Nam
  • Angola
  • Benin
  • Botswana
  • Burkina Faso
  • Burundi
  • Cameroon
  • Cabo Verde
  • Central African Republic
  • Chad
  • Comoros
  • Congo, Democratic
  • Republic of the
  • Congo, Republic of
  • Cote d'Ivoire
  • Equatorial Guinea
  • Ethiopia
  • Gabon
  • Gambia
  • Ghana
  • Guinea
  • Guinea-Bissau
  • Kenya
  • Lesotho
  • Liberia
  • Madagascar
  • Malawi
  • Mali
  • Mauritania
  • Maurícia
  • Mozambique
  • Namibia
  • Niger
  • Nigeria
  • Rwanda
  • Sao Tome and Principe
  • Senegal
  • Seychelles
  • Sierra Leone
  • South Africa
  • South Sudan
  • Swaziland
  • Tanzania
  • Togo
  • Uganda
  • Zambia
  • Zimbabwe
  • Australia
  • Canada
  • Greenland, Constituent Country in the Kingdom of Denmark
  • Hong Kong Special Administrative Region of the People's Republic of China
  • Israel
  • Japan
  • Macao Special Administrative Region of the People's Republic of China
  • Member states of the European Union
  • New Zealand
  • Russia
  • Singapura
  • Republic of Korea
  • Taiwan, Province of China
  • United States
  • Albania
  • Armenia
  • Azerbaijan
  • Belarus
  • Bosnia and Herzegovina
  • Geórgia
  • Kazakhstan
  • Kosovo (in the context of UNSCR 1244)
  • Kyrgyzstan
  • Macedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic of
  • Moldova
  • Montenegro
  • Serbia
  • Tajikistan
  • Turkey
  • Turkmenistan
  • Ukraine
  • Uzbekistan
  • Algeria
  • Jibuti
  • Egypt
  • Eritrea
  • Iran
  • Iraq
  • Jordan
  • Kuwait
  • Lebanon
  • Libya
  • Morocco
  • State of Palestine
  • Saudi Arabia
  • Somalia
  • Sudan
  • Syria
  • Tunisia
  • Yemen
  • Antigua and Barbuda
  • Argentina
  • Barbados
  • Belize
  • Bolivia
  • Brazil
  • Chile
  • Colombia
  • Costa Rica
  • Cuba
  • Domínica
  • Dominican Republic
  • Ecuador
  • El Salvador
  • Granada
  • Guatemala
  • Guiana
  • Haiti
  • Honduras
  • Jamaica
  • Mexico
  • Nicaragua
  • Panamá
  • Paraguay
  • Peru
  • Saint Kitts and Nevis
  • Saint Lucia
  • Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
  • Suriname
  • Trinidad and Tobago
  • Uruguay
  • Venezuela
  • Afghanistan
  • Bangladesh
  • Bhutan
  • Cambodia
  • China
  • Cook Islands
  • Fiji
  • India
  • Indonesia
  • Kiribati
  • Laos
  • Malaysia
  • Maldivas
  • Marshall Islands
  • Micronesia, Federated States of
  • Mongolia
  • Myanmar
  • Nauru
  • Nepal
  • Niue
  • Pakistan
  • Palau
  • Papua New Guinea
  • Filipinas
  • Samoa
  • Solomon Islands
  • Sri Lanka
  • Thailand
  • Timor-Leste
  • Tonga
  • Tuvalu
  • Vanuatu
  • Viet Nam
  • Angola
  • Benin
  • Botswana
  • Burkina Faso
  • Burundi
  • Cameroon
  • Cabo Verde
  • Central African Republic
  • Chad
  • Comoros
  • Congo, Democratic
  • Republic of the
  • Congo, Republic of
  • Cote d'Ivoire
  • Equatorial Guinea
  • Ethiopia
  • Gabon
  • Gambia
  • Ghana
  • Guinea
  • Guinea-Bissau
  • Kenya
  • Lesotho
  • Liberia
  • Madagascar
  • Malawi
  • Mali
  • Mauritania
  • Maurícia
  • Mozambique
  • Namibia
  • Niger
  • Nigeria
  • Rwanda
  • Sao Tome and Principe
  • Senegal
  • Seychelles
  • Sierra Leone
  • South Africa
  • South Sudan
  • Swaziland
  • Tanzania
  • Togo
  • Uganda
  • Zambia
  • Zimbabwe
  • Australia
  • Canada
  • Greenland, Constituent Country in the Kingdom of Denmark
  • Hong Kong Special Administrative Region of the People's Republic of China
  • Israel
  • Japan
  • Macao Special Administrative Region of the People's Republic of China
  • Member states of the European Union
  • New Zealand
  • Russia
  • Singapura
  • Republic of Korea
  • Taiwan, Province of China
  • United States
  • Albania
  • Armenia
  • Azerbaijan
  • Belarus
  • Bosnia and Herzegovina
  • Geórgia
  • Kazakhstan
  • Kosovo (in the context of UNSCR 1244)
  • Kyrgyzstan
  • Macedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic of
  • Moldova
  • Montenegro
  • Serbia
  • Tajikistan
  • Turkey
  • Turkmenistan
  • Ukraine
  • Uzbekistan
  • Algeria
  • Jibuti
  • Egypt
  • Eritrea
  • Iran
  • Iraq
  • Jordan
  • Kuwait
  • Lebanon
  • Libya
  • Morocco
  • State of Palestine
  • Saudi Arabia
  • Somalia
  • Sudan
  • Syria
  • Tunisia
  • Yemen
  • Antigua and Barbuda
  • Argentina
  • Barbados
  • Belize
  • Bolivia
  • Brazil
  • Chile
  • Colombia
  • Costa Rica
  • Cuba
  • Domínica
  • Dominican Republic
  • Ecuador
  • El Salvador
  • Granada
  • Guatemala
  • Guiana
  • Haiti
  • Honduras
  • Jamaica
  • Mexico
  • Nicaragua
  • Panamá
  • Paraguay
  • Peru
  • Saint Kitts and Nevis
  • Saint Lucia
  • Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
  • Suriname
  • Trinidad and Tobago
  • Uruguay
  • Venezuela
  • Afghanistan
  • Bangladesh
  • Bhutan
  • Cambodia
  • China
  • Cook Islands
  • Fiji
  • India
  • Indonesia
  • Kiribati
  • Laos
  • Malaysia
  • Maldivas
  • Marshall Islands
  • Micronesia, Federated States of
  • Mongolia
  • Myanmar
  • Nauru
  • Nepal
  • Niue
  • Pakistan
  • Palau
  • Papua New Guinea
  • Filipinas
  • Samoa
  • Solomon Islands
  • Sri Lanka
  • Thailand
  • Timor-Leste
  • Tonga
  • Tuvalu
  • Vanuatu
  • Viet Nam
  • Angola
  • Benin
  • Botswana
  • Burkina Faso
  • Burundi
  • Cameroon
  • Cabo Verde
  • Central African Republic
  • Chad
  • Comoros
  • Congo, Democratic
  • Republic of the
  • Congo, Republic of
  • Cote d'Ivoire
  • Equatorial Guinea
  • Ethiopia
  • Gabon
  • Gambia
  • Ghana
  • Guinea
  • Guinea-Bissau
  • Kenya
  • Lesotho
  • Liberia
  • Madagascar
  • Malawi
  • Mali
  • Mauritania
  • Maurícia
  • Mozambique
  • Namibia
  • Niger
  • Nigeria
  • Rwanda
  • Sao Tome and Principe
  • Senegal
  • Seychelles
  • Sierra Leone
  • South Africa
  • South Sudan
  • Swaziland
  • Tanzania
  • Togo
  • Uganda
  • Zambia
  • Zimbabwe
  • Australia
  • Canada
  • Greenland, Constituent Country in the Kingdom of Denmark
  • Hong Kong Special Administrative Region of the People's Republic of China
  • Israel
  • Japan
  • Macao Special Administrative Region of the People's Republic of China
  • Member states of the European Union
  • New Zealand
  • Russia
  • Singapura
  • Republic of Korea
  • Taiwan, Province of China
  • United States