The Power of Local Action: Lessons from 10 Years of the Equator Prize

From the Equator Initiative

The Equator Initiative has launched its landmark publication, The Power of Local Action: Lessons from 10 Years of the Equator Prize. The book represents a comprehensive analysis of the commonalities, trends and lessons learned across this pool of outstanding grassroots efforts to reduce poverty through the conservation and sustainable use of biodiversity. The book limits itself to a treatment of twelve key lessons with the greatest relevance for understanding and catalyzing effective ecosystem-based action at the local level. Sample case studies are provided to illustrate lessons learned. The complete publication is available for download here.

Here a list of the lessons

  • Local collective action provides a unique lens on sustainable development
  • The social strand of sustainable development must come first
  • Action for the environment will often produce development gains
  • Community empowerment enhances conservation efforts
  • Community-based action delivers the MDGs
  • There is strength in the fusion of the modern and traditional
  • Communication is a powerful agent of behavior change
  • Land tenure security and property rights are essential
  • Local good governance exists
  • Scaling of success is possible and can bring landscape-level change
  • Partnerships matter
  • Local innovation breeds adaptation and resilience

And much more detail on the Equator Initiative webpage with links to download each of the cases