Equator Prize 2010 Winners
    
    
Associação Comunitária Nova Experiência Marítima da Cruzinha da Garça (ACNEMC, Community Marine Association of Cruzinha da Garça)- Cape Verde

Cruzinha da Garça is one of the most important nesting grounds for sea turtles in Cape Verde. Associação Comunitária Nova Experiência Marítima da Cruzinha da Garça (ACNEMC, Community Marine Association of Cruzinha da Garça) seeks to develop alternative forms of local marine resource use to conserve this endangered species. The project is pa

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Associação dos Pequenos Agrossilvicultores do Projeto RECA (Association of Smallholder Agroforestry Producers RECA Project)- Brazil

This agroforestry project facilitates a variety of initiatives focused on supporting both family and commercial level agricultural production. Associação dos Pequenos Agrossilvicultores (Association of Smallholder Agroforestry Producers) brings together migrant farmers and indigenous rubber tappers in the Abuna region of northern Brazil. Since 1989, these two groups have worked to

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Association Adidy Maitso (Adidy Maitso Association)- Madagascar

L’Association Adidy Maitso (Adidy Maitso Association) was established in 2005 with the aim of conserving the natural resources of Didy Forest – a dense moist forest of medium altitude in the Alaotra Mangoro region of eastern Madagascar. The forest lies within the Ankeniheny-Zahamena Corridor, which is renowned for its high species endemism and unique biodiversity. The Association wo

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Carnaúba Viva- Brazil

Working in the caatinga ecosystem of northeastern Brazil, Carnaúba Viva has introduced innovative means of sustainably managing the carnauba tree (Copernicia prunifera), a locally-abundant palm species whose leaves can be used for wax production. Working with the indigenous people of the Jaguaribe-Açu territory and in partnership with the Brazilian Ministry of Environment, the initiative has

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Centre de Ressources en Agroforesterie de Riba (Riba Agroforestry Resource Centre)- Cameroon

Centre de Ressources en Agroforesterie de Riba (Riba Agroforestry Resource Centre) is a community-based organization working in mountainous northwest Cameroon, close to Kilum-Ijim Mountain Forest. The Centre promotes sustainable tree-based farming to rehabilitate watersheds and degraded land and generate income for the local community. A rural resource centre provides training in agroforestry a

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Chama Cha Maendeleo Ya Vijiji Na Mazingira Cha Kibale (KAFRED, Kibale Association for Rural and Environmental Development)- Uganda

The village community of Bigodi, near Fort Portal, western Uganda, straddles an eight kilometre stretch of papyrus wetland that is home to an abundance of wildlife. Eight primate species and more than 200 bird species draw tourists from neighbouring Kibale Forest National Park, for which the Bigodi swamp forms an important wildlife corridor. Through the work of Chama Cha Maendeleo Ya Vijiji Na

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Consejo Regional Tsimané Mosetene (CRTM, Tsimané Mosetene Regional Council of Pilón Lajas)- Bolivia

Consejo Regional Tsimané Mosetene (CRTM, Tsimané Mosetene Regional Council of Pilón Lajas) works in Bolivia's Biosphere Reserve to conserve biodiversity and to protect the rights of the indigenous peoples within the Reserve. The Regional Council jointly manages the Reserve with Bolivia's National Service of Protected Areas.

In addition to safeguarding wildlife in th

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Farmers’ Association for Rural Upliftment (FARU) - Philippines

The Farmers' Association for Rural Upliftment (FARU) is an initiative of the Chananaw indigenous people of Kalinga Province in the Philippines. The initiative aims to protect the environmental integrity of the Chananaw's ancestral domain through improved land management and more efficient agricultural techniques. Catalysts for the formation of the initiative included large-scale mining and geot

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Fédération Locale des GIE de Niodior (FELOGIE-Niodior, Local Federation of Economic Interest Groups of Niodior)- Senegal

Since 2005, this federation of women's economic interest groups, centered on the island of Niodior, has worked to rehabilitate mangrove ecosystems and promote natural resource management in the Saloum Delta Biosphere Reserve. The group was founded in response to multiple pressures on the reserve's mangrove and marine resources, and a 22-woman monitoring committee was established to regulate the

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Fundación para la Agricultura Tropical Alternativa y el Desarrollo Integral (FUNDATADI, Foundation for Alternative Tropical Agriculture and Sustainable Development)- Venezuela

Fundación para la Agricultura Tropical Alternativa y el Desarrollo Integral (FUNDATADI, Foundation for Alternative Tropical Agriculture and Sustainable Development) works with rural Piedemonte Andino communities in Barinas, Venezuela, with the aim of conserving local forests while promoting sustainable community development. Agricultural diversification is promoted through the organic cu

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Fundación San Crisanto (San Crisanto Foundation)- Mexico

Fundación San Crisanto (San Crisanto Foundation) focuses on mangrove restoration and flood prevention in a region that consistently faces heavy rainfall and flooding. Since the Foundation's establishment, over 11,300 metres of canals have been restored, and 45 cenotes have been delisted and rehabilitated. As a result, flood risk is reduced and populations and diversity of endemic wildlif

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Komunitas Nelayan Tomia (KOMUNTO, Fishing Community of Tomia)- Indonesia

The Komunitas Nelayan Tomia (KOMUNTO, Fishing Community of Tomia) is a community-based organization composed of representatives of fishers' groups from East Tomia, Indonesia. The organization was established in response to shared community concerns regarding foreign commercial fishing, the use of destructive fishing methods, and a vacuum in local government leadership on the sustainable managem

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Làng tre Phú An (Bamboo Village of Phu An)- Viet Nam

The village of Phu An, located north of Saigon, was heavily bombed during the Viet Nam War. Làng tre Phú An (Bamboo Village of Phu An) has created an Eco-Museum of Bamboo and Botanical Conservatory with the aim of conserving biodiversity, protecting the region's bamboo forests, andhelping to "transform the iron triangle into a green triangle." The initiative carries out conservati

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Makuleke Ecotourism Project - Pafuri Camp- South Africa

Pafuri Camp is a community-led ecotourism initiative in the northern part of the Kruger National Park that provides a wide range of activities, including game drives, night drives, walks and wildlife hides. Revenues from Pafuri Camp are used in both community development projects, as well as biodiversity conservation initiatives.

Pafuri Camp takes a participatory approach to ecotourism,

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Mara River Water Users Association- Kenya

Mara River Water Users Association is a community-based water resources management organization whose primary objectives are to promote the protection and conservation of the Mara Catchment area, support the sustainable and efficient use of water, assist relevant authorities with water resources management and issuance of water use permits, and water conflict resolution.

The Association

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Monks Community Forest- Cambodia

Monks Community Forest is an 18,261 ha area of evergreen forest in northwest Cambodia. In response to widespread deforestation, the monks of the Samraong Pagoda acquired legal protection of the forest, and have established patrol teams, demarcated the Forest's boundaries, and raised environmental awareness among local communities. The monks have developed unique approaches to law enforcement ba

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Muliru Farmers Conservation Group- Kenya

Muliru Farmers Conservation Group is a community-based organization located near Kakamega Forest in western Kenya. The group generates income through the commercial cultivation and secondary processing of an indigenous medicinal plant, to produce the Naturub® brand of medicinal products.

The enterprise reduces pressure on the biodiverse Kakamega Forest by offering an alternative to the

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Nguzobe Ndi-Oji-Obere (Smallholders Foundation)- Nigeria

Nguzobe Ndi-Oji-Obere (Smallholders Foundation) promotes sustainable agriculture and environmental conservation through educational radio programmes. Smallholder Farmers Rural Radio broadcasts daily programs on agricultural management, environmental conservation, and market access, which reach over 250,000 smallholder farmers. Broadcasts are done in the local Igbo language, and reach listeners

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Red Indígena de Turismo de México (Indigenous Tourism Network of Mexico)- Mexico

The Red Indígena de Turismo de México (Indigenous Tourism Network of Mexico) promotes a self-reliance approach to indigenous community development, emphasising sustainable livelihoods in communities working for the conservation and sustainable use of biodiversity. The organization, primarily focused on ecotourism and microenterprises, mobilises indigenous communities through

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Réseau de Développement de Réserves naturelles Communautaires (REDERC, Community Nature Reserve Development Network)- Benin

The Réseau de Développement de Réserves naturelles Communautaires (REDERC, Community Nature Reserve Development Network) originated in the community of Papatia, which established the Botanical Garden of Papatia in response to rapid depletion of local natural resources. The organization unites traditional healers, beekeepers, farmers, women's groups, and students, from diffe

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Reserva y Ecolodge Kapawi (Kapawi Ecolodge and Reserve)- Ecuador

Reserva y Ecolodge Kapawi (Kapawi Ecolodge) is a highly successful community-based ecotourism initiative in the southeastern Ecuadorian Amazon that is wholly operated by local Achuar communities through the Complejo Ecoturistico Kapawi Sociedad Anonima, a limited company that employs 32 staff at the reserve and in two urban offices. Founded by a private tour operator in 1995, the enterprise was

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Roush Marine Protected Area Community, Socotra- Yemen

Roush Marine Protected Area Community, Socotra, is located one kilometer north of Socotra, an island off the coast of Yemen. The marine protected area belongs to the communities of Sacra and Diherhom villages, and was developed in response to an observed decline in marine resources and fish populations. A conservation area and eco-campsite were established, and the initiative was later broadene

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Samudram Women’s Federation- India

Samudram is a federation of 160 women's self-help groups across 50 villages in Ganjam and the nearby districts of Orissa, India. The Federation works at the intersection of biodiversity conservation and poverty reduction, empowering its more than 1,500 economically-marginalized members with income generation activities, while conserving Olive Ridley Turtle nesting sites.

Samudram undert

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Trowel Development Foundation- Philippines

Trowel Development Foundation is a community-based organization employing climate-adapted aquaculture technology to replant mangroves. Mangrove reforestation efforts have focused on planting native tree species in strategic areas, resulting in restored marine biodiversity, food security, and protection of coastal areas.

The initiative also works to increase local incomes and improve liv

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Yayasan Mitra Tani Mandiri (Foundation for Partnership with Independent Farmers)- Indonesia

In collaboration with 40 villages in the northern-central district of Timor, Yayasan Mitra Tani Mandiri aims to develop sustainable agricultural systems to increase productivity and provide alternative sources of income, with the aim of helping communities develop economic independence.

A sustainable agriculture and fair marketing initiative provides a collective marketing option for lo

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