Equator Prize 2015 Call for Nominations now open!

Equator Prize 2015 / Photo credit: Equator Initiative

Photo credit: Equator Initiative

The Equator Prize 2015 will be awarded to 20 outstanding local and indigenous community initiatives that are advancing innovative solutions for people, nature and resilient communities.

This cycle of the award has the theme empowerment, rights, and partnerships for local climate action and an emphasis on indigenous peoples and local communities that are:

•    Protecting, restoring and sustainably managing forests
•    Promoting sustainable agriculture and food security
•    Advancing community-based adaptation to climate change
•    Protecting and securing rights to communal lands, territories and natural resources
•    Forging innovative partnerships for sustainable development

Each winning initiative will receive US$ 10,000 and be supported to participate in a series of special events at the UN Climate Change Conference in Paris, France in December 2015.

To read the official announcement and revise the relevant information on eligibility requirements, selection criteria and how to nominate, click here. Nomination forms and outreach materials are available in 15 different languages here.

The nomination deadline is 27 May, 2015.

A video introducing the Equator Prize is available here, and videos on a few Equator Prize 2014 winners available here (Ecuador), here (Kenya), and here (Nepal).