2012 Equator Events
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Since its inception in 2002, the Equator Initiative has hosted and supported a large number of events in support of community work to achieve the MDGs. These events have explored the community role in protecting the environment and raising incomes and provide a highly substantive backdrop for the many additional advocacy and outreach events that the Equator Initiative organizes each year. Each event has been documented on its own website. We invite you to learn more about these special activities and about the critical role communities play in poverty reduction and biodiversity conservation.

17 October 2012 - Associate Administrator of UNDP Rebeca Grynspan visits the Community Palli

RG_1On Wednesday 17 October 2012, Rebeca Grynspan, UNDP Associate Administrator visited the Community Palli to meet face-to-face with participating communities and engage in a discussion on bridging local best practice with global priorities in sustainable development.

15 October 2012 - Ten Stories from the Frontlines: Achieving Aichi Target 1 at the Local Level


CEPA_4Raising awareness of the need for biodiversity conservation at the grassroots level is a critical task that underpins progress towards Aichi Target 1. Across the globe, Equator Prize winners are at the forefront of this effort, leading environmental education, communication, and public awareness campaigns in their communities using a diverse range of media and strategies. On Monday 15 October, ten representatives of prize-winning initiatives from nine different countries shared their best practices during an evening reception at the Communications, Education and Public Awareness (CEPA) Fair, held parallel to the CBD CoP-11.

16 October 2012 - Equator Initiative Participates in Launch of Two Publications on Lessons Learned at COP 11


PoLA_launch_6On Tuesday 16 October 2012, an evening reception was held in the Community Palli to mark the launch of two lessons learned publications – the Equator Initiative's The Power of Local Action: Lessons from 10 Years of the Equator Prize, and the GEF Small Grants Programme's 20 Years: Community Action for the Global Environment – as well as the Equator Initiative Case Study Database, which features detailed stories of leadership, innovation and resilience from the front lines of sustainable development.

9 October 2012 - Linking biodiversity, traditional knowledge and community health


BCH_4At an evening side event on Tuesday 9 October 2012, during the CBD CoP-11in Hyderabad, India, the Equator Initiative participated in the launch of the International Biodiversity and Community Health Initiative. Led by the UN University Institute of Advanced Studies (UNU-IAS), the initiative brings together a diverse coalition of UN agencies, international organizations and NGOs in collectively calling for the need to put biodiversity and health on the CBD agenda.

8-17 October 2012 - Community Palli

Cop_11_logoThe Community Palli, a peer-to-peer meeting platform at COP 11, was open to all local and indigenous leaders from around the world. Leveraging the unique partnerships of the Equator Initiative, the Palli aimed to position local advocacy and knowledge sharing within the larger policy dialogues on poverty reduction and biodiversity conservation. Held alongside the eleventh meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP 11) to the Convention on Biological Diversity, the Community Palli acted as a forum for discussion of the role of local communities in biodiversity conservation and in achieving the Aichi Targets.

1-5 October 2012 - Equator Initiative Participates in International Training Workshop on Medicinal Plants

Photo_1From October 1-5, representatives of nine Equator Prize winners participated in a training workshop on the conservation and sustainable use of medicinal plants, held at the Institute for Ayurveda and Integrative Medicine in Bangalore, India, as a preparatory event for the CBD COP-11 in Hyderabad.

13 October 2012 - Equator Initiative Launches Book on Lessons Learned


TPOLA_CoverOn its 10-year anniversary, the Equator Initiative has undertaken a comprehensive analysis of the commonalities, trends and lessons across the pool of winners. In the newly launched book The Power of Local Action: Lessons from 10 Years of the Equator Prize we ask: What can these communities teach us about successful community-driven development focused on the sustainable use of local ecosystems?

26 September 2012 - Winner Stories from Rio+20


FatouEquator Prize winners share their stories from Rio+20, what it meant to their organizations to win the Equator Prize, and how the recognition and prize money have benefited them.

7-11 September 2012 - Community Ma-eul

Community_Ma-eul_logo_2nd_SeptThe Community Ma-eul (마을) is a five-day dialogue for local and indigenous practitioners at the IUCN Fifth World Conservation Congress, held in Jeju, South Korea. From 7th to 11th September 2012, the Community Ma-eul will bring together a number of Equator Initiative partners for a series of workshops focusing on the human rights dimensions of conservation, and particularly those relevant to local and indigenous communities. Join us in Jeju, or read about the workshops below.

30 August 2012 - Discussion Socio-Ecological Resilience

Resilience_1On Thursday 30 August, the Equator Initiative hosted a discussion on socio-ecological resilience led by Caroline Petersen, Technical Specialist, Ecosystems and Biodiversity, in UNDP's Environment and Energy Group. Niloy Banerjee of the Bureau for Development Policy (BDP) and Samuel Doe of the Bureau for Crisis Prevention and Recovery (BCPR) also spoke about the work of a joint BDP-BCPR Working Group on Resilience, tasked with carrying out consultations aimed at articulating a UNDP corporate strategy on a resilience approach to sustainable human development. The Environment and Energy Group is participating in this process, drawing on its climate change work in which resilience and vulnerability are key concepts.

20 June 2012 - The Power Of Local Action: Honoring Communities on the Frontlines of Sustainable Development

Equator_prize_2012On Wednesday 20 June 2012, the Equator Prize 2012 Award Ceremony was held as part of the Rio+20 UN Conference on Sustainable Development in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil with a gala event at the Vivo Rio concert hall. Celebrating both the 10-year anniversary of the Equator Initiative and the 20-year anniversary of the UNDP-implemented GEF Small Grants Programme, the evening was a vibrant celebration of local action in thematic areas such as food security, freshwater access, sustainable energy, oceans and biodiversity. The 25 prize winners took the stage to enthusiastic applause from the more than 1,700-strong audience in recognition of their outstanding achievements. Presidents and prime ministers from countries including Fiji, Madagascar, Marshall Islands and the Solomon Islands were also on hand to honor the communities.

13-22 June 2012 - Community Aldeia

Aldeia The Community Aldeia brings together the winners of the Equator Prize 2012, other civil society leaders, and the Equator Initiative partnership in a ten-day dialogue on the margins of Rio+20. Join us to see what sustainable development looks like on the ground: explore the true meaning of development and the means to sustainability. Hear about what we've achieved, the future we need, and the steps it will take us to get there.