Call for Nominations: Equator Prize 2022 (up to $10,000)

Nominations for the Equator Prize 2022 are now being accepted. This year’s Equator Prize will honor Indigenous peoples and local communities for their creative initiatives in nature-based solutions for local sustainable development.

 Equator Prize 2022

The winning projects will be recognized for their achievements in preserving, restoring, and/or managing nature in a sustainable manner for beneficial development effects.

Thematic Priorities

The following are some of the priority themes:

Developing a global safety net. Ecosystem protection, restoration, and/or sustainable management to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and/or assist communities in adapting to climate change consequences.

  • This covers things like water, food, carbon, livelihoods, and biodiversity are all at risk unless we protect and restore nature.
  • Protect Indigenous peoples’ rights to their lands, territories, and resources, especially through innovative technology.

Redefining Nature’s Role in Our Lives: Put environment at the center of municipal development plans and regulations, and support the rights of land and water defenders to redefine our connection with nature.

This covers things like:

  • Integrate the concepts, traditional knowledge, vision, and value of nature held by Indigenous peoples and local communities into local and/or national development plans and policies.
  • Defend land and water defenders, promote social and environmental justice, and campaign for land and water rights.

Developing a new green economy that benefits both people and the environment. Protection, restoration, and/or sustainable management of terrestrial or marine ecosystems, biodiversity, and/or wildlife that allows for sustainable lives, green businesses, and jobs, including the promotion of Indigenous economies This covers things like:

  • Increase the pace of regenerative agriculture, agroforestry, and sustainable fishing.
  • Ensure that Indigenous peoples and local communities, as well as their micro, small, and medium-sized green businesses (MSMEs), are at the center of sustainable supply chains that are fair and inclusive.
  • Develop deforestation-free goods and encourage sustainable commodity production.
  • Enhance and support indigenous economies.


Each Equator Prize winner will get $10,000 in addition to funding to attend a series of policy conversations and special events in late 2022.

Requirements for the Equator Prize 2022 | Eligibility Criteria

  • Outstanding Indigenous peoples and local community projects that promote unique nature-based solutions for sustainable development are encouraged to apply.
  • The initiative or the activities performed must have been in effect for at least three years.
    The candidate must be either a local community-based initiative working in a rural region and headquartered in a country receiving UNDP funding (for a list of eligible countries, click here); or an initiative headed by Indigenous peoples functioning in a rural area in any country.
  • The candidate must be either a local community-based initiative working in a rural region and headquartered in a country receiving UNDP funding (for a list of eligible countries, click here); or an initiative headed by Indigenous peoples functioning in a rural area in any country.
    The nominee’s efforts must be environmentally friendly and contribute to at least two Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Selection Criteria

The winners of the Equator Prize 2022 will be chosen by an impartial Technical Advisory Committee that will evaluate applications using the following criteria:

Impact: The degree to which the nominated effort has had demonstrable and beneficial environmental, social, and economic effects that contribute to the accomplishment of the Sustainable Development Goals.

Innovation: The degree to which the nominated initiative displays novel ideas and models that overcome existing limits and potentially offer fundamentally new approaches to responding to and/or reducing climate change while boosting local sustainable development;

Scalability and/or replicability: The amount to which the nominated project might be scaled up sub-nationally or nationally, and/or reproduced inside the country and abroad;

Resilience and Adaptability: How well the nominated project adapts to environmental, social, and economic change, and how resilient it is in the face of external constraints.

Reduced disparities: The amount to which the initiative lowers income inequalities, as well as inequalities based on age, sex, handicap, race, ethnicity, origin, religion, or economic or another status, especially for the poor;
The amount to which the nominated project involves young, elders, indigenous peoples, and other diverse groups in decision-making processes and activities that affect them;

Gender Equality: The degree to which the nominated program is headed by women or assures women’s and girls’ equality and empowerment.


  • In their applications, nominators are asked to quantify results and offer evidence that supports beneficial benefits.
  • Nominations can be made directly by the initiative or community, by a partner organization, or by any third party who is aware enough of the initiative’s or community’s activities and accomplishments.
  • Nominators must state whether or not they accept to have their idea featured on the Equator Initiative’s web page for local nature-based solutions for sustainable development.
  • Nominated initiatives will be verified, and nominees and/or nominators may be asked to submit more information and/or resources.
  • Nominations may be submitted in any of the following languages: English, French, Portuguese, or Spanish. Contact the Equator Initiative for advice on how to nominate in other languages (such as Arabic, Chinese, Indonesian, or Russian).

By April 5, 2022, nominations must be submitted.

Nominate someone by clicking here.

Deadline: April 5, 2022

Visit Equator Prize for more information.

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