"The Equator Prize 2017 will be awarded to outstanding community and indigenous initiatives that are advancing nature-based solutions for local sustainable development. The Equator Prize winners will join a prestigious network of 208 community-based organizations from 70 countries that have been awarded the Equator Prize since 2002. Each winning group will receive USD 10,000 and will be invited to participate in a series of policy dialogues and special events during the United Nations General Assembly in New York in September 2017, culminating in an award ceremony at the beginning of Climate Week.
You attention is requested towards two key areas:
- Nominate communities that are innovating and advancing creative solutions related to climate change and sustainable development.
- Circulate this announcement to your partners and contacts, encouraging them to submit nominations and share with their networks.
For further information, please visit www.equatorinitiative.org. You will find all the relevant information on eligibility requirements, selection criteria and how to nominate. Nominations can be submitted in eight different languages in the new nomination system at http://prize.equatorinitiative.org.
A video introducing the Equator Prize and videos on past Equator Prize winners are available on our Youtube channel https://goo.gl/G4UMEu.
In celebration of its 15th anniversary, the Equator Initiative will launch a web portal of local nature-based solutions to sustainable development. The platform will serve to connect communities around the world and share local solutions that work, irrespective of whether they win the Equator Prize. Participation in this platform is optional when submitting nominations for the Equator Prize.
Please note that the nomination period for this cycle of the Equator Prize is shorter than in previous rounds. Nomination deadline is 8 March 2017.