The Honduran community and indigenous organizations are invited to present their candidacy for the 2024 Equatorial Prize, as announced by the United Nations Development Program (UNDP).
This is the 15th edition of the Equatorial Prize, which aims to recognize and celebrate initiatives led by indigenous peoples and local communities.
According to the UNDP, a total of six organizations in Honduras have been awarded because they “promote and influence environmental issues and the conservation of indigenous cultural and social heritage. They have been awarded this award.”
Remember that in 2002, one of the winners was the Mosquitia Development Agency (MOPAWI)? In the 2004 edition, one of the awards was given to the Garifuna Emergency Committee. In 2012, it was for the Association of Water Administration Boards in the Southern Sector of Pico Bonito.
In 2014, Muskitia Asla Takanka (MASTA) and the Committee for the Defense and Development of the Flora and Fauna of the Gulf of Fonseca were among the winners of the award. And in 2017, the Pech Tribes Federation of Honduras.
They are organizations that focus their work on protecting forests and fighting deforestation, preserving coastal and marine ecosystems, and local territorial development, among other topics.
The themes for the nominations relate to impactful climate solutions, restoring and sustainable management of nature and biodiversity, and recognizing actions that promote a green and circular economy.
Under the theme “Nature for Climate Action,” initiatives that consider the following themes will be given special consideration for nominations to lead climate action led by youth and women.
It should be noted that nominations close on February 26, 2024.
Nature for climate mitigation
Actions that protect, conserve, and restore forests, mangroves, peatlands, soil, oceans, and marine ecosystems.
Nature for climate adaptation and resilience
Actions that integrate nature into food and water security planning, build climate-resilient food systems, and promote regenerative agricultural and forestry practices that result in reduced disaster risk, improved livelihoods, and community stability.
Nature for a reasonable transition
Actions that lead to a green and carbon-free economy that are inclusive and create decent job opportunities for people. Also, local actions that take advantage of the circular economy can reduce the need for resource extraction and reduce the pressure on wildlife, thus achieving a global change in the pattern of consumption and production.
What are the requirements to join?
What will the winning organization receive?
Each award-winning organization that joins the network of indigenous and local pioneers will receive $10,000 and support to participate virtually in a series of policy dialogues and special events in 2024.
In addition, this year’s Equator Award-winning institutions will join a prestigious network of 285 new community organizations from 89 countries that have won this award since 2002.
The main objective of the Equatorial Prize is to recognize the success of local and indigenous initiatives, create opportunities and platforms to share knowledge and good practices, inform policy to develop an enabling environment for action by local and indigenous communities, and build the capacity of local and indigenous initiatives to maximize their impact.