Equator Prize 2015 Call for Nominations now open!

Wednesday, 6 May, 2015 - 15:36
The UNDP Equator Initiative in New York has recently launched our global call for nominations for the Equator Prize 2015. This prize will honor 20 outstanding local and indigenous community initiatives that are reducing poverty, protecting nature, and strengthening resilience in the face of climate change.
This cycle of the award has the theme empowerment, rights, and partnerships for local climate action and an emphasis on indigenous peoples and local communities that are:
  • Protecting, restoring and sustainably managing forests
  • Promoting sustainable agriculture and food security
  • Advancing community-based adaptation to climate change
  • Protecting and securing rights to communal lands, territories and natural resources 
  • Forging innovative partnerships for sustainable development  
Each winning initiative will receive US$ 10,000 and be supported to participate in a series of special events at the UN Climate Change Conference in Paris, France in December 2015.

They hope to appeal for your support in two key areas:
  1. Nominate communities that are innovating and advancing creative solutions related to climate change and sustainable development
  2. Circulate this announcement to your partners and contacts, encouraging them to submit nominations and share with their networks  
Please find the official announcement attached here in English. It contains all the relevant information on eligibility requirements, selection criteria and how to nominate. Nomination forms and outreach materials are available in 15 different languages here.

Are there groups that are part of your project portfolio whom you think would be strong candidates for the Equator Prize 2015?  

A video introducing the Equator Prize is available here, and videos on a few Equator Prize 2014 winners are available here (Ecuador), here (Kenya), and here (Nepal).  
  • Please note that the nomination period for this cycle of the Equator Prize is much shorter than in previous rounds — the nomination deadline is 27 May 2015.
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