The Equator Prize for Local Sustainable Development

Deadline: 27 May 2015
Open to: local and indigenous initiatives that are advancing innovative solutions for people, nature and resilient communities
Grant: each winning initiative will receive $10,000

Description

The Equator Initiative brings together the United Nations, governments, civil society, businesses and grassroots organizations to recognize and advance local sustainable development solutions for people, nature and resilient communities. It is accepting nominations for the Equator Prize 2015 to strengthen and highlight the role of indigenous peoples and local communities at the United Nations Climate Change Conference (UNFCCC COP21). The Equator Prize 2015 will be awarded to 20 outstanding local and indigenous initiatives that are advancing innovative solutions for people, nature and resilient communities.

Eligibility

In order to be eligible for the Equator Prize 2015, nominees must:

  • Have been in operation for at least 3 years;
  • Be a community-based or local group, operating in a rural area;
  • Be located within a country receiving support from the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), excluding countries with a high level of development (see list of eligible countries HERE);
  • Be eligible initiative;
    • Community-based organizations;
    • Community-based enterprises and cooperatives;
    • Community-based initiatives associated with conserved areas or other biological reserves;
    • Indigenous groups;
    • Women’s groups;
    • Youth groups;
    • Non-governmental organizations.

For more detailed information on eligible initiatives, visit FAQ page.

Grants

The Equator Prize 2015 will be awarded to 20 outstanding local and indigenous initiatives that are advancing innovative solutions for people, nature and resilient communities. Each winning initiative will receive $10,000 and be supported to participate in a series of policy dialogues and special events at the United Nations Climate Change Conference (UNFCCC COP21) in Paris, France in December 2015.

How to apply?

It is highly recommended to apply online HERE. Nominations may be also sent via email to [email protected] or via post to:

Equator Initiative
United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)
304 East 45th Street, 6th Floor
New York, NY 10017 USA

If you prefer to nominate by e-mail or mail, you can download the Nomination forms HERE.

For more information please check the official website or FAQ section.

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