It's time for the 10-year anniversary of the UN-backed Equator Prize. SDUpdate recently received an email from the organisers asking if we could help spread the word that it is time to nominate (deadline 31 October) for the 2012 prize. We are of course willing to assist UNDP to advertise this important prize and actually we have written about the winners several times over the years. We even had a short post about the very first Equator Prize back in 2002.
The Equator Prize is organized by the Equator Initiative within the United Nations Development Programme UNDP and awarded biennially to recognize outstanding local initiatives that are working to advance sustainable development solutions for people, nature and resilient communities. Winning initiatives will each receive US$5,000, with 10 selected for special recognition and a total of US$20,000. Representatives of winning communities will also be invited to participate in the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20), to be held in Brazil in June 2012.
The eligibility and selection criteria for this cycle of the prize have been broadened significantly to accommodate a wider range of community-based initiatives, fields of work, and countries of operation. Eligibility has been expanded to all countries receiving support from UNDP, making this a global award for local best practice. The Equator Prize 2012 also includes “special recognition” categories in areas such as community-based adaptation to climate change, sustainable forest management, food security, sustainable energy, water management, and more.