We are absolutely over the moon to have been awarded the Equator Prize for 2012. We are one of only 25 winners, selected from a total pool of over 800 nominations from 113 countries. The entries were judged against 6 criteria:
• Innovation and Transferability
• Leadership and Community Empowerment
• Empowerment of Women and Social Inclusion
• Resilience, Adaptability and Self Sufficiency
The Equator Prize is awarded by the Equator Initiative which 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.
There are two elements to the Prize. SIP will receive an award of $5,000 and the opportunity to send a representative to participate in the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20), which will be held in Brazil in June 2012.