This year, as a special contribution to United Nations Climate Change Conference (UNFCCC COP21), the Equator Prize 2015 will honor 20 outstanding local and indigenous community initiatives that are reducing poverty, protecting nature and strengthening resilience in the face of climate change.
The theme of this cycle of the Equator Prize is ‘empowerment, rights, and partnerships for local climate action’. Emphasis has been placed 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
The Equator Prize 2015 is open to community-based initiatives active in all countries receiving support from the UN Development Programme, making this a truly global award for local best practice.
To nominate and eligible project, you can do so through their Online Nomination System by the nomination deadline, May 27, 2015.