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Nominate Now! The Equator Prize 2023

Celebrating the role of Local Action in achieving the Global Biodiversity Framework

The Equator Prize 2023 will be awarded to outstanding Indigenous peoples and local community initiatives that advance innovative nature-based solutions for sustainable development, in alignment with the newly adopted Global Biodiversity Framework. The winners will join a prestigious network of 274 leading community-based organizations from more than 90 countries that have been awarded the Equator Prize since 2002. Each Equator Prize winner will receive USD10,000, and will be supported to participate in a series of policy dialogues and special events in the fall of 2023. Eligibility Requirements

To be eligible for the Equator Prize 2023:

  • The initiative must have been in existence for at least three years, and/or the actions taken must have been in place for at least three years.

  • The nominee must be either a local community-based initiative, operating in a rural area, based in a country receiving support from the United Nations Development Programme (for a list of eligible countries, please click here); or an initiative led by Indigenous peoples in any country, operating in a rural area.

  • The actions taken by the nominee must be nature-based and must deliver benefits related to two or more Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Please Note:

  • Nominators are encouraged to quantify results and include data that demonstrates positive impacts in their submissions.

  • Nominations may be submitted either directly by the initiative or community, by a partner organization, or by any third party that is sufficiently familiar with the activities and achievements of the initiative or community.

  • Nominators must indicate whether they agree to have the solution highlighted in the Equator Initiative web portal on local nature-based solutions for sustainable development.

  • Nominated initiatives will undergo a verification process that may require nominees and/or nominators to provide additional information and/or materials.

  • Nominations may be submitted in: English, French, Portuguese or Spanish. To nominate in other languages (such as Arabic, Chinese, Indonesian, Russian or others), please contact the Equator Initiative for instructions.

  • Nominations must be submitted by 20 March 2023.

Nominations may be submitted through the ONLINE NOMINATION SYSTEM. If you are having technical issues, please contact For more information, click here.

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