Twenty-two (22) local and indigenous communities worldwide won in the 10th Equator Prize as announced by the UN Development Programme (UNDP) and partners last 5 June 2019 in New York, USA.
These organization which showcased innovative, nature-based solutions for tackling climate change, environment, and poverty challenges will be honored on 24 September 2019 at a celebratory gala in New York.
This year, Equator prize awarded the groups from Guniea-Bissau for the first time, as well as the indigenous communities in Australia and the United States. Meanwhile, the rest of the winners are also based in Benin, Brazil, Cameroon, Ecuador, India, Indonesia, Kenya, Micronesia, Nigeria, Pakistan, Peru, Tanzania, and Vanuatu.
The winners were selected from a pool of 847 nominations across 127 countries by an independent technical advisory committee composed of internationally renowned experts. The evaluation underwent a four-stage selection process that emphasized community-based approaches that provide a blueprint for replication and scaling solutions to address the climate crisis.
A prize money worth US$10,000 and the opportunity for two community representatives to join a week-long summit in New York during the 74th UN General Assembly will be awarded to winning organizations.
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