Equator Prize 2012 Winners
    
    
Asociación de Mujeres Ixpiyakok (ADEMI, Ixpiyakok Women's Association)- Guatemala

The Asociación de Mujeres Ixpiyakok (ADEMI, Ixpiyakok Women's Association) brings together 30 groups of Maya women in Chimaltenango to improve local food security and nutrition through organic family farms and seed banks. Originally launched as a credit and savings program for local women, the association has expanded into health and education service provision, as well as advocacy for w

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Abrha Weatsbha Community- Ethiopia

Once on the brink of resettlement due to desertification, soil degradation and lack of water, the Abrha Weatsbha community in northern Ethiopia has reclaimed its land through the reforestation and sustainable management of over 224,000 hectares of forest.  Tree planting activities have resulted in improved soil quality, higher crop yields, greater biomass production, groundwater functionin

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Amsing Association- Morocco

Association Amsing was created by the villagers of Elmoudaa – an Amazirght (Berber) community located in the High Atlas Mountains – to address economic isolation, a lack of social services, and harsh climatic conditions.  The association has successfully regenerated degraded lands surrounding their village through a traditional land management practice called ‘azzayn’ which bans herder

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Articulação Pacari (Pacari Network)- Brazil

The Articulação Pacari (Pacari Network) brings together 47 traditional pharmacies and community-based organizations to cultivate medicinal plants, preserve traditional ecological knowledge and health traditions, and protect biodiversity in the Cerrado (savannah) biome.  In the absence of any comprehensive legislation that legally recognizes traditional health practic

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Asociación de Artesanas Unidas de Los Límites (ASOARTESANAS, United Women Artisans' Association of Los Límites)- Colombia

Asociación de Artesanas Unidas de Los Límites (ASOARTESANAS, United Women Artisans' Association of Los Límites) operates in an area of northern Colombia which contains the last remaining population of cotton-top tamarin monkeys on the planet.  The tamarin species faces threats from deforestation, hunting, as well as human capture for sale in the illegal pet trade.

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Association Anja Miray (Anja Miray Association)- Madagascar

Anja Miray was established in 1999 in response to the degradation and clearing of local forests, the sedimentation of water resources, and the loss of wildlife such as ring-tailed lemurs, chameleons, and tropical birds.  The association operates a 30-hectare community forest reserve in the Haute Matsiatra region of the country. 

The community has established an ecotourism init

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Association des Pêcheurs de la Communauté Rurale de Mangagoulack (APCRM, Fishers' Association of the Rural Community of Mangagoulack)- Senegal

Association des Pêcheurs de la Communauté Rurale de Mangagoulack (APCRM, Fishers' Association of the Rural Community of Mangagoulack) – established by fishers from eight villages in central Casamance – manages a community conserved area with the aim of improving local incomes, strengthening food security and sovereignty, and protecting biodiversity.  The associatio

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Centro Alexander von Humboldt (Alexander von Humboldt Center)- Nicaragua

Centro Alexander von Humboldt (Alexander von Humboldt Center) operates in one of the driest regions of the country and one of the areas most susceptible to natural disasters: hurricanes, severe droughts, and fresh water shortages.  The organization provides local communities with training in sustainable water management and has drilled more than 40 fresh water wells and repaired 35 communi

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Chunoti Co-Management Committee - Bangladesh

The Chunoti Co-Management Committee (CMC) protects the once-degraded Chunoti Wildlife Sanctuary through the coordination of volunteer patrols and reinvestment of ecotourism revenues into conservation activities.  Illegal logging and unsustainable resource extraction were threatening the Chunoti forest.  The community mobilized and advocated for a protected area co-management arrangeme

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Comité Villageois de Développement d’Ando Kpomey (Village Development Committee of Ando Kpomey)- Togo

After a devastating bush fire in 1973, the village of Ando Kpomey created a green belt buffer around its community that has grown into a 100-hectare forest.  A participatory management committee has been established to monitor the forest and its resources and to regulate its use.  The community authorizes limited resource extraction to meet livelihood needs – both timber and non

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Grupo de Estudios Ambientales y Sociales A.C. (GEA, Environmental and Social Studies Group)- Mexico

Grupo de Estudios Ambientales y Sociales A.C. (GEA, Environmental and Social Studies Group) operates in the central mountain region of Guerrero promoting local access to safe water and training communities in sustainable land management.  The organization has reforested more than 500 hectares of land in an important watershed, established more than 60 organic farms, and undertaken terracin

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I-tokani nei Sisi (Sisi Initiative Site Support Group)- Fiji

Fiji’s Sisi Initiative manages natural resources around the periphery of the Natewa Tunuloa Important Bird Area.  The organization has established a 600-hectare community protected forest and developed alternative livelihood options for the area’s indigenous landowners.  Developed in response to illegal logging, forest fires, overgrazing, agricultural encroachment and inva

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Kanghua Community Development Center- China

The Kangmei Institute of Community Development and Marketing assists villagers in the middle and upper reaches of the Yangtze River in China to establish farmer cooperatives and resource management plans that promote the sustainable harvesting of wild herbs and protect giant panda bear habitats.  The unsustainable extraction of medicinal plants has historically had a negative impact on pandas

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La Asociación de Juntas Administradoras de Agua del Sector Sur de Pico Bonito (AJAASSPIB, Association of Water Committees of the Southern Sector of Pico Bonito National Park)- Honduras

This association of 27 village water committees located in the southern buffer zone of Honduras’ Pico Bonito National Park oversees the management of micro-watersheds and trains the local community in reforestation, conservation and the application of environmentally friendly technologies.  A primary focus is ensuring local access to potable water in a region prone to shortages. 

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Medicinal Plants Association, St. Catherine- Egypt

The Medicinal Plants Association protects and cultivates endemic species of medicinal plants in the St. Catherine Reserve in Sinai and aims to create livelihood alternatives for the area’s economically marginalized Bedouin population.  The reserve contains several unique and endangered medicinal plant species which have been threatened by overharvesting, collection for use as fuel, and overg

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Mradi Wa Mfuko Wa Dhamana Ya Hifadhi Ya Mazingira Na Wamasai Jangwani (MWCT, Maasai Wilderness Conservation Trust)- Kenya

Mradi Wa Mfuko Wa Dhamana Ya Hifadhi Ya Mazingira Na Wamasai Jangwani (MWCT, Maasai Wilderness Conservation Trust) preserves the wilderness, wildlife, and cultural heritage of the Amboseli-Tsavo ecosystem – an important migration corridor between two national parks.  The organization of Maasai communities has mitigated unsustainable practices such as overgrazing and water-intens

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Namdrik Atoll Local Resources Committee- Marshall Islands

The Marshall Islands is one of the most vulnerable nations in the world to the impacts of climate change and has economies that are dependent on declining fisheries. Comité des ressources locales de l’atoll de Namdrik is promoting a model of community self-sufficiency, local food security and adaptation.  Traditional crops such as breadfruit, taro and native pandanus have been

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Shashwat - India

Shashwat is a grassroots initiative that was developed in response to the displacement of Koli Mahadeo, Thakars, and Katkaris tribal peoples by construction of the Dimbhe dam, which submerged eleven villages and destroyed cropland in another thirteen.  The organization helps local communities to develop small-scale fishing activities in the dam reservoir, and improve agricultural productio

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Swazi Indigenous Products (SIP)- Swaziland

Swazi Indigenous Products is a member-owned natural seed oil enterprise that provides jobs and income to local women, while also protecting the ecosystems of the Lubombo region of the country.  Local women are supported to sustainably cultivate and collect wild marula, trichilia, and ximenia tree seeds.  The women-led initiative also runs a tree-planting program and offers environmental educa

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Tetepare Descendants’ Association (TDA)- Solomon Islands

Tetepare Descendants’ Association (TDA) officially represents the legal owners of Tetepare Island, the largest uninhabited island in the tropical Pacific and one of the last remaining unlogged tropical islands in world.  To resist pressures from industrial logging companies, the association has created ‘community conservation agreements’ whereby indigenous landholders are

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TRY Oyster Women's Association- Gambia

TRY Oyster Women's Association brings together 500 female oyster harvesters from across 15 villages in the Greater Banjul area.  Harvesters are clustered into cooperatives where they exchange sustainable oyster harvesting techniques and receive training in small-scale enterprise development.  Cooperatives have ensured access to appropriate equipment and technologies, set higher standa

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West Africa Initiative of Liberia (WAIOL)- Liberia

West Africa Initiative of Liberia (WAIOL) promotes apiculture, snail raising, and the planting of multi-purpose tree species to improve the livelihood options of unemployed rural farmers.  Local farmers are provided with training in all three livelihood activities and provided with a starter kit containing beehives, snail cages, basic carpentry tools, and moringa tree seedlings. From an in

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Yayasan Kerang Lestari Teluk Pemuteran (Pemuteran Bay Coral Protection Foundation)- Indonesia

Yayasan Kerang Lestari Teluk Pemuteran (Pemuteran Bay Coral Protection Foundation) was started in response to the collapse of the local fishing industry near the Pemuteran community in Bali, due in large measure to coral reef loss from sedimentation, rising water temperatures, and unsustainable fishing methods such as reef bombing.  The organization oversees more than 70 artificial ‘

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Zan va Zamin (Women and Earth)- Tajikistan

Zan va Zamin (Women and Earth) was founded by a group of female activists to overcome the social and economic challenges resulting from the civil war in Tajikistan. The organization works to attain access to land for landless farmers, supports diversified farming methods, and promotes the conservation of biodiversity through responsible natural resource management. Over 2,000 farmers have recei

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Zenab for Women in Development - Sudan

Zenab for Women in Development is a grassroots organization that has organized local women into a farmers union.  Started in 2005, the union has grown from 300 women in six communities to 3,000 women in 53 communities across Sudan.  Smaller cooperatives make up the larger union, each of which provides a platform for female farmers to improve agricultural productivity and to exchange environme

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