2013 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 webpage. We invite you to learn more about these special activities and about the critical role communities play in poverty reduction and biodiversity conservation.

Brown Bag Lunch with Edward Norton and Dr Fetien Abay

On Thursday October 31, 2013 the Equator Initiative hosted a presentation at UNDP headquarters by representatives of two Equator Prize 2012 winning communities from East Africa. Presenters included: Edward Norton, UN Goodwill Ambassador for Biodiversity. Click here to read more

Best Practices in Drylands Management from the Equator Initiative

coversmallOn 18 September 2013 during the UNCCD COP-11 In Windhoek, Namibia the Equator Initiative launched a case study compendium highlighting lessons learned in sustainable drylands management from Equator Prize winners. Click here to read more

Equator Initiative Hosts WIN Dialogues at UNCCD COP 11

TPOLA_CoverThe Equator Initiative will be hosting WIN Dialogues at the UNCCD COP 11 in Windhoek, Namibia from 16 to 27 September. Updates of the Dialogues involving Equator Prize winners will be posted here during the conference. Click here to read more.

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?

World Indigenous Network Brown Bag Lunch 2013

photo The Equator Initiative and the World Indigenous Network (WIN) hosted a Brown Bag Lunch to share updates and information about the WIN for United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) offices on August 9, 2013. Click here to read more.

Equator Initiative at the World Indigenous Network Conference 2013

IMG_0680The World Indigenous Network (WIN), an international knowledge-sharing platform for indigenous and local land and sea managers, held its inaugural conference in Darwin, Northern Territory, Australia from 26 May to 29 May 2013. Click here to read more.

Toolkit Launch: Building Capacity and Sharing Knowledge for ICCAs

Toolkit2On May 29th, 2013 UNDP, the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) World Conservation Monitoring Center (WCMC), and the Global Environment Facility Small Grants Programme (SGP) jointly launched a toolkit designed to support civil society-led initiatives around the globe that aim to manage and conserve Indigenous Peoples’ and Community Convserved Territories and Areas (ICCAs). Click here to read more.

E-Discussion on Local Action, Innovation and Empowerment

DSC01353The e-discussion on “Local Action, Innovation and Empowerment” began on May 13, 2013 and concluded on May 31, 2013. It sought to facilitate an open dialogue and bring together a multitude of voices to stimulate creative thinking on how best to reflect the power of local action for environmental sustainability in the post-2015 development framework. Click here to read more.


UN Briefing and Roundtable on the Post-2015 Development Agenda: Advancing Biodiversity, Ecosystems, and Community-Based Action

8657549271_80b073d084On Tuesday 16 April, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) organized a briefing and roundtable discussion on the post-2015 development agenda, hosted by The Nature Conservancy (TNC) at their headquarters in Arlington, Virginia. Click here to read more.

Equator Prize Winners Lend their Voices to International Development Processes

mdg_conference_2013 Representatives from Equator Prize winner organizations recently participated in two conferences on issues surrounding the 2015 MDGs, both of which are part of an ongoing series of global conversations relating to priorities for the future development agenda. Click here to read more.

Equator Prize 2012 National Ceremonies

NationalCeremoniesFollowing the success of the Equator Prize 2012 Award Ceremony, held as part of the Rio+20 UN Conference on Sustainable Development in Rio de Janeiro in June 2012, Equator Prize winners have also been recognised at the national level in ceremonies organised by UNDP Country Offices. Click here to read more.

12 February 2013 - Charting national pathways for biodiversity conservation and sustainable development

event_page_photo On Tuesday 12 February 2013, the Equator Initiative hosted a discussion with Jamie Ervin, Senior Advisor to UNDP’s Ecosystems and Biodiversity team, on the subject of aligning national policies for sustainable development and biodiversity conservation. Click here to read more.


8 February 2013 - Brown Bag Lunch: A discussion with Tuwe Huni Kuin

TuweOn Tuesday 29 January, the Equator Initiative and Tribal Link Foundation were delighted to host Tuwe Huni Kuin, a filmmaker, forest agent, and indigenous youth leader from the Amazon, for a discussion on the work of indigenous forest agents in Acre, Brazil, and the challenges facing his people. Click here to read more.

29 January 2013 - Equator Prize Winners Share Their 2012 Successes

HCA_1Equator Prize winners reflect on their successes in 2012 and what they hope to achieve in 2013.

16 January 2013 - USAID Community-Based Natural Resource Management (CBNRM) Workshop

USAID_4_squareOn Wednesday 16 January, the Equator Initiative participated in a workshop for practitioners in community-based natural resource management (CBNRM), organized by the US Agency for International Development (USAID). The event, held across two days, aimed to explore how CBNRM contributes to multiple development objectives, including climate change adaptation and mitigation, food security, economic development, and democracy, conflict, and humanitarian assistance.