The UNDP has called for nominations for the 2012 Equator Prize, a biannual award recognising local innovation in advancing sustainable development solutions for people, nature, and resilient communities.
“Eligibility for this cycle of the prize has been broadened to accommodate a wider range of community-based initiatives and has been expanded to all countries receiving support from UNDP,” the organisation said in a statement.
“Water and energy access, food security, and adaption to climate changes are the development challenges of our time,” said Director of the UNDP’s Environment and Energy Group, Veerle Vanderweerd.
The UNDP noted that past recipients of the prize have included “grassroots” initiatives in small-scale fishing, wildlife protection and sustainable energy and water access.
The 25 winners of the international prize will receive US$5000, and 10 recipients will receive US$20,000.
Nominations can be submitted online at www.equatorinitiative.org