Just right on time on World Environment Day (June 5th) the Equator Initiative, one of the Biodiversity and Community Health (BaCH) Initiative’s partners awarded the Equator Prize. This years Equator Prize honoured 35 local sustainable development innovations for people, nature and resilient communities. Amongst the winners, is a unique partnership between the Waorani, an indigenous group from the Yasuni Biosphere Reserve in the Ecuadorian Amazon, BIOS and TRAFFIC – another BaCH Initiative partner! Learn more about how the groundbreaking initiative is successfully addressing over-harvesting of local wildlife while providing alternative income streams here.
Find out more about another TRAFFIC partnership promoting sustainable harvesting of wild medicinal plants in the mountains of China’s Upper Yangtze ecoregion which won an Equator Prize in 2012 here.
Tomorrow the Equator Initiative – a key partner of the Biodiversity and Community Health (BaCH) Initiative will announce this year’s Equator Prize winners! The Equator Prize will honour 25 local sustainable development solutions for people, nature and resilient communities. Find out more about previous winners here
The UNDP Equator Initiative, one of the Biodiversity and Community Health (BaCH) Initiative’s partners, awarded the Medicinal Plants Association for its ground-breaking work on protecting and cultivating endemic species of medicinal plants in the St. Catherine Reserve in Sinai, Egypt with the Equator Prize. By creating a market supply chains for locally produced medicinal herbs, handicrafts and honey, the association creates sustainable livelihood alternatives. Find out more about the association’s work with the Bedouin population on sustainable harvesting, biodiversity and ecosystem health for local wellbeing here.