Equator Prize

The Equator Initiative is pleased to announce a global call for nominations for the Equator Prize 2015 as part of an extensive partnership effort underway 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.

Winning initiatives will join a prestigious network of 187 leading community-based organizations from 70 different countries that have been awarded the Equator Prize since 2002. Each winning initiative will receive US$ 10,000 and be supported to participate in a series of policy dialogues and special events at the UNFCCC COP21 in Paris, France in December 2015.  

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 below)

Eligible Initiatives
  • 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

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