Thirty-five initiatives recognised for outstanding local achievement in sustainable development solutions for people, nature and resilient communities have been named as winners of this year’s Equator Prize.
The prize, run by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Equator Initiative, of which IUCN is a partner, was based on the theme of local biodiversity and ecosystem-based solutions to climate change. Special recognition was awarded to areas including sustainable land management, water security and ecosystem restoration.
From safeguarding a natural nature preserve in Tibet to responding to water scarcity and declining agricultural yields in Burkina Faso, all of the winning initiatives demonstrate community-based, grassroots action to address environment, poverty and climate change challenges.
“These are leading local examples of innovation and achievement that can change the world for the better,” says Helen Clark, UNDP Administrator. “They are not waiting for others to act. They are on the frontlines of sustainability issues and showing what is possible when grassroots ingenuity meets the defining challenges of our time – ending poverty, protecting our planet, and responding to climate change.”