Equator Prize for sustainable land management in Africa

10 winners will take home US$5,000 each

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Strategic communications for WWF

March 6th, 2014

Spread the word – nominations are now open for the prestigious (SLM) in Sub-Saharan Africa. Almost anyone running successful SLM projects at the community level can apply. And they should because the ten winners will walk away with international recognition and priceless media coverage – and cheques for US$5,000.

But you had better hurry because nominations close on March 22nd.

The competition was established to celebrate local grassroots organisations that are improving the livelihoods of rural communities in dryland ecosystems in sub-Saharan Africa through sustainable land management.

Along with the money and the global acclaim, the winners will receive their awards at a major ceremony in Nairobi on June 17th – the World Day to Combat Desertification.

In addition, two or three winners will be eligible for ‘Special Recognition’ for the Equator Prize for sustainable land management. They will receive US$20,000 and will be invited to the Equator Prize award ceremony in New York in September.

The prizes are funded by a 3-year (GEF) project on SLM, which is being implemented by OSISA, and .

The project seeks to improve the socio-economic development of rural communities in sub-Saharan Africa through effective and innovative SLM, and to empower local grassroots organisations in the region to participate in, and influence the implementation of, the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification, TerrAfrica and other SLM processes, programmes and policies.

And you can find out much more about the project by reading the excellent brochure entitled ‘: Partnering with civil society to enhance sustainable land management in Africa’ - and its companion paper on ''.

As for the prize – to be eligible, nominees must have been in operation for at least 3 years, be a community-based or local group (including NGOs, indigenous groups, women’s groups, youth groups etc) operating in a rural area and be in a country receiving support from the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).

For more detailed information as well as nomination forms, the online nomination system, the and selection criteria, people should go to .  

Nominations may be submitted in Arabic, English, French, Portuguese, and Swahili – but must be submitted by March 22nd.


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