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Women, Nature and Development: Holding up Half the Sky I The Equator Prize

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Women, Nature and Development: Holding up Half the Sky I The Equator Prize

The Equator Initiative launched a call for nominations for the 9th Equator Prize - a prize recognizing excellence in communities working to create nature-based solutions for local development. According to Jamison Ervin, Manager of UNDP’s Global Programme on Nature for Development, Equator Prize recipients embody the three basic principles of implementing the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs): Indivisibility – we cannot achieve one goal at the expense of any others; inclusion – we can leave no one behind in our race toward economic prosperity; and acceleration – we must focus on actions that have multiple development dividends. In her blog “Rural communities: A hotspot for sustainable development” (, Ervin explains that if we are to implement the SDGs, we need more than guiding principles; we also need to understand how key global trends affect development. In her text she describes the late Hans Rosling’s legacy: “he made analytics cool…helping us look past data points, trends, and correlations, and to step back and see a larger story.” If we look at the trends affecting implementation of the SDGs, and take a step back to evaluate this data in context, we see that local communities are a critical part of the larger story for delivering on the 2030 Agenda. In Ervin’s latest blog, “Women, Nature and Development: Holding up Half the Sky” she explains why rural women are critical to achieving the SDGs, generating development solutions through their work at the intersection of gender and nature. Ervin explores the work of Try Oyster Women’s Association, an Equator Prize 2012 winner that exemplifies how combining gender action with nature-based action can yield a potent engine for sustainable development. Among other focus areas, the Equator Prize 2017 will recognize groups working at intersection of gender, nature, and sustainable development. Read the latest blog here Apply for the Equator Prize by 8th March here

6 March, 2017 - 00:10