Equator Prize 2024: Celebrating Nature for Climate Action
Application Deadline: February 26, 2024, at 11:59 PM EST
The Equator Prize 2024 is now accepting applications, offering a USD 10,000 prize to outstanding Indigenous peoples and local community initiatives championing innovative nature-based solutions for sustainable development. Facilitated by the Equator Initiative, a United Nations-led partnership, this prestigious prize aims to recognize and advance resilient communities committed to nature-positive outcomes.
Theme: Nature for Climate Action
This year’s Equator Prize revolves around the theme “Nature for Climate Action,” aligning with the newly adopted Global Biodiversity Framework. The spotlight is on initiatives led by Indigenous Peoples and local communities that showcase effective climate solutions and transformative pathways for global systems.
- Nature for Climate Mitigation: Recognizing actions that contribute to mitigating the impacts of climate change through nature-based solutions.
- Nature for Climate Adaptation and Resilience: Honoring initiatives demonstrating resilience and adaptability in the face of climate challenges.
- Nature for a Just Transition: Highlighting efforts that ensure a just transition towards sustainable development, reducing inequalities and promoting social inclusion.
To qualify for the Equator Prize 2024:
- The initiative must have a minimum three-year existence or demonstrate actions in place for at least three years.
- Nominees must be local community-based initiatives in rural areas or Indigenous-led initiatives in rural areas.
- Actions taken must be nature-based, delivering benefits related to two or more Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
A distinguished Technical Advisory Committee will assess nominations based on the following criteria:
- Impact: Measurable positive environmental, social, and economic impacts aligning with SDGs.
- Innovation: demonstration of new approaches and models addressing climate change and advancing sustainable development.
- Scalability and/or Replicability: Potential for national or sub-national scaling or replication within and beyond the country.
- Resilience and Adaptability: Ability to adapt to environmental, social, and economic changes and resilience against external pressures.
- Reduced Inequalities: Efforts to reduce inequalities in various aspects, particularly for marginalized communities.
- Social inclusion: inclusion of diverse groups in decision-making processes and actions.
- Gender Equality: Leadership by women or ensuring equality and empowerment of women and girls.
How to Apply
Submit your nominations before the deadline through the official Equator Prize 2024 website.
Don’t miss the chance to be part of a network of leading community-based organizations, contribute to sustainable development, and receive the recognition and support your initiative deserves. For more details, visit the Equator Prize 2024 website.
Stay tuned for updates on the Equator Prize 2024, where nature meets climate action for a sustainable future. 🌍🌿