Equator Prize 2019
Six women from Deccan Development Society (DDS) of Telangana have been honoured with the Equator Prize 2019 by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).
The award recognizes their work in the farming sector following age-old practices and for standing as an outstanding example of a local, nature-based solution to climate change and sustainable development.
Awarded by Equator Initiative of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), Equator Prize is awarded biennially. The award recognizes community efforts to reduce poverty through the conservation and sustainable use of biodiversity.
Under the Equator Initiative, UNDP 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.
The Initiative provides opportunities for indigenous peoples and local communities around the world in addressing the challenges of land degradation, biodiversity conservation and livelihood improvement in a socially equitable manner. It also ensures a connection is made between local actors on the ground, national governments and international policymakers.