15 local and indigenous communities from Africa, Asia, and Latin America have been announced as the winners of the Equator Prize 2017. The winning organizations showcase innovative solutions for tackling poverty, environment, and climate challenges, and they will be honored at a celebratory gala in New York on September 17, 2017.
This year's winners show that investments in nature are an effective and efficient pathway to sustainable development, and they also demonstrate that partnerships are crucial to success – at the international, national, and local levels. If we want to achieve the SDGs, we need to think holistically and combine multiple development benefits. Equator Prize winners do just that in their communities. In Achim Steiner’s words, “Their dedication and commitment shows what is possible when communities come together to protect and sustainably manage nature for the benefit of all.”
Please read more in the official announcement here and access the blog post reflecting on lessons learnt from the Equator Initiative’s selection process.
More information about this year's Equator Prize winners is available on the website of the Equator Initiative.