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Equator Initiative Case Study - African Centre for the Integration of Human Rights (PACINDHA)

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This NGO mobilizes local communities in western and southwestern Mali to sustainably manage natural resources and protect biodiversity. Since 2003, the initiative has implemented a wide range of activities, including the protection of wildlife and fauna species, combating the use of polluting substances, and improving land management and access to water for local communities.
One key intervention has been to restore the Detarium Microcarpum plant population, a species which had become endangered because of overuse and bush fires. The promotion and commercialization of products such as jewelry made from the plant, the popularization of its medicinal properties, and wider activities to support the sustainable harvest of the species have created income for the community: the group has successfully rejuvenated 200 ha of Detarium Microcarpum in ten villages throughout Ouelessebougou. 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. As local and indigenous groups across the world chart a path towards sustainable development, the Equator Prize--issued biennially by the Equator Initiative--shines a spotlight on their efforts by honoring them on an international stage. This project was awarded the Equator Prize in recognition of its contribution to local sustainable development solutions.

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