Equator Prize 2012: A Call for Nominations from 146 Countries for Resilient Communities
Equator Initiative, August 2011

NEW YORK, USA: The Equator Initiative has announced the call for nominations for the Equator Prize 2012, which will recognize 25 local and indigenous initiatives that demonstrate success in improving community livelihoods and wellbeing through sustainable natural resource management. All winning initiatives will receive US $5,000, with 10 selected for “special recognition” and a total of US $20,000 each. Representatives of all 25 winning communities will participate in a community meeting in conjunction with the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20), to be held in Brazil in June 2012. The Equator Prize 2012 will focus on local innovation and excellence in promoting community wellbeing and sustainable livelihoods, environmental conservation, and sustainable natural resource management. Eight new “special recognition” categories – in areas such as community-based adaptation, food security, forest management, energy, water, and more – have been created with the overall theme of “resilient communities for sustainable development.” Geographical eligibility for the Equator Prize 2012 has been expanded to include all countries receiving support from the UNDP. Further information, including links to nomination forms …