The Equator Initiative Calls for Nominations for the Equator Prize 2017

The Equator Initiative partnership is pleased to announce the Equator Prize 2017 Call for Nominations!

The Equator Prize is awarded to outstanding community and indigenous initiatives that are advancing nature-based solutions for local sustainable development. Each winning group will receive USD 10,000 and will be invited to participate in a series of policy dialogues and special events during the United Nations General Assembly in New York in September 2017, culminating in an award ceremony at the beginning of Climate Week.

For eligibility and selection criteria, please visit the Equator Initiative website at You can find the new nomination system at The call for nominations in 8 languages is downloadable here.
Please note that the nomination deadline is 8 March 2017. This is a shorter nomination period than in previous cycles of the award.
This year’s winners will feature innovative solutions related to protecting, restoring and/or sustainably managing nature to achieve local sustainable development, such as (but not limited to) food security, water security, sustainable jobs and livelihoods, and disaster risk reduction. Crosscutting issues include advocacy for land and water rights, social and environmental justice, and gender equality.
In celebration of its 15th anniversary, the Equator Initiative will launch a web portal of local nature-based solutions to sustainable development. The platform will serve to connect communities around the world and share local solutions that work, irrespective of whether they win the Equator Prize. Participation is optional when submitting nominations for the Equator Prize.
Please contact Martin Sommerschuh at with any questions.