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Equator Initiative Case Study - Namdrik Atoll Local Resources Committee

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The Amani Nature Reserve was created to protect the unique, Namdrik Atoll Local Resources Committee promotes a holistic model of community self-sufficiency, local food security and adaptation to climate change in Namdrik Atoll in the Marshall Islands. To reduce reliance on declining fish stocks, the Committee reintroduced traditional crops like breadfruit, taro and pandanus, which restore soil and open value-added secondary processing industries for local communities.
A Pearl Farm was established to provide jobs and revenue to fund community development projects in education and health. Mangroves were planted to restore the shoreline and training in rainwater harvesting is providing the community with access to safe drinking water. The initiative is entirely community-owned and fuelled by local leadership. It has provided a model for sustainability that has been replicated in other atoll communities across the Pacific. The Equator Initiative brings together the United Nations, governments, civil society, businesses and grassroots organizations to recognize and advance local sustainable development solutions for people, nature and resilient communities. As local and indigenous groups across the world chart a path towards sustainable development, the Equator Prize--issued biennially by the Equator Initiative--shines a spotlight on their efforts by honoring them on an international stage. This project was awarded the Equator Prize in recognition of its contribution to local sustainable development solutions.

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