Award Winning Projects
  • James A. Waight Conservation Award – Belize
  • Tourism Lifetime Achievement Award – Belize
  • Rural Women that Produce a Sustainable Brazil – Brazil
  • ATABEY – Dominican Republic (SGP won 4 awards for different projects)
  • Wolfgam Newman Energy Globe National Award – Gambia
  • International Road Federation InARoad Awards, 2nd place – Ghana
  • UN Habitat/Dubai International Best Practice Award – Ghana
  • Best Entrepreneur Award – India
  • Plant Genome Savior Farmers’ Recognition Award – India
  • Goldman Environmental Prize – Indonesia
  • Kalpataru Awards – Indonesia
  • Female Food Heroes Indonesia – Indonesia
  • Green Africa Award – Mauritius
  • Global Leadership Award – South Africa
  • The Mitchel Batisse Award – South Africa
  • The Whitley Gold Award – Turkey (SGP won 2 awards for different projects)
  • Whitley Fund for Nature Awards – Belize
  • Ministry of Agriculture Renewable Natural Resources – Bhutan
  • Equator Prize – June, Brazil
  • Green China Persons of the Year – June, China
  • Botanic Garden Conservation International (BGCI) – China
  • Clean Production Award – Dominican Republic
  • National Public Welfare Figure Prize of Water Conservation – China
  • 2012 Model of Transparency – December, China
  • Brugal Cree En Su Gente – Dominican Republic (SGP won 2 awards for different projects)
  • Equator Award -Gambia
  • Samsung Generations for Peace Award – Ghana
  • Annual Plant Genome Saviour Community Award 2010-11 – India
  • Women and the Green Economy (WAGE) Earth Day Network Award - India (SGP won 4 awards for different projects)
  • National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development (NABARD) Prize – India
  • Sitaram Rao Case Study Competition, 2nd Prize – India
  • Sujagrati Social Welfare Society – India
  • Talented Conservator Award – India
  • Veera Rani Kittur Chenamma (Govt of India-Karnataka State Award) – India
  • Coastal Award 2012 – Indonesia
  • CARDI/CTAMEDIA Awards on Climate Change Reporting – Jamaica
  • Jamaica Environmental Action Awards – Jamaica
  • Best Performing Herders Association- Lesotho
  • Equator Prize – Madagascar
  • Recognition for Mainstreaming Climate Change – Mauritius
  • Equator Prize – Micronesia
  • Order of the Polar Star by the President of Mongolia – Mongolia
  • Momentum for Change Award – Namibia
  • Design-S Award – Namibia
  • Curator’s Choice Award – Namibia
  • Red Dot Best of the Best Design Award – Namibia
  • International Forum Product Design Gold Award – Namibia
  • Devi Annapurna Award – Nepal
  • National Tree Festival Prize – Niger
  • Community Peace Building Award – September, Nigeria
  • Finalist of the International Economic Forum of the Americas – Panama
  • Doral International Award – Peru
  • Energy Globe National Award of Romania – Romania
  • Equator Prize – Senegal
  • Gypsy Spirit Award – October, Slovak Republic
  • Best Research Award of Thailand Research Fund – Thailand
  • Water Resources Management by Communities Award from the Hydro and Agro Informatics Institute – Thailand
  • EquatorPrize – Togo

To see the complete list please click here. Below you will find a list of case studies of the SGP projects that have won the Equator Prize.


Located in Nigeria's Cross River State, the Ekuri community manages a 33,600-hectare community forest adjacent to the Cross-River National Park. Community forest management began in the 1980s, when the villages of Old Ekuri and New Ekuri united in response to the proposed logging of their forest. The project would have included the construction of a road linking the villages to local market centres; instead, the community decided to sustainably manage the forest as a community asset, generating income, subsistence materials and food.

Levies on the sale of non-timber forest products by community members financed a road that eventually reached Old Ekuri in 1990 and New Ekuri in 1997. In addition to allowing farm and forest products to reach new markets, the road has also made possible the transport of construction materials for two schools, a health center, and a civic center where the community meets to discuss forest governance decisions.

Country: Nigeria  

Filesize: 2.55 MB

Since 1995, the biologically diverse Collingwood Bay area on the coast of Oro Province, north-eastern Papua New Guinea, has been the setting for a conflict between the province’s 3,000 indigenous Maisin people and proposed commercial logging and palm oil development within the community's 262,000 hectares of ancestral lands. In 1998, 38,000 hectares of tropical forest were fraudulently signed over to a foreign investor; since then, Conservation Melanesia, a local environmental NGO, has been a critical ally in publicizing the community's plight and building capacity to resist the proposed development.

In 2002, after a three-year battle, the Papua New Guinea National Court ruled in the Maisin's favour, returning the title of their land back to them. Since then, Conservation Melanesia has worked to develop a sustainable, long-term resource management strategy that effectively conserves the Maisin’s traditional forest land and supplies the community with a means of supporting themselves.

Country: Papua New Guinea  

Filesize: 2.12 MB

In its work with 50 communities along the Sepik River – the longest river in New Guinea – the Sepik Wetlands Management Initiative has transformed the local economy and local treatment of wetlands. The sustainable harvest of crocodile eggs from nest sites along the river has become an important source of income for local residents. Previously, crocodile nest sites were being indiscriminately destroyed by wetland fires set for hunting, agriculture, or as part of land ownership disputes.

The initiative instituted a program in which local crocodile egg collectors following specified conservation guidelines would receive a guaranteed return from a commercial crocodile egg retailer. The combination of egg collection and crocodile farming to produce high-quality skins has doubled the annual income in participating communities, all while raising the awareness of wetland values and stressing the cultural importance of crocodiles.

Country: Papua New Guinea  

Filesize: 3.43 MB

Founded by local women in 2003, the Women Artisans' Association of Arbolsol and Huaca de Barro (Asociación de Artesanas de Arbolsol y Huaca de Barro – AAAHB) works to recover traditional methods of cotton production that are environmentally responsible and create positive socioeconomic change in Mórrope District, Lambayeque, northern Peru.

The association oversees planting and harvesting of native cotton varieties using only pesticides from natural sources. In addition, the association has been active in managing water resources in this semi-arid region. Traditional colours of native cotton have been recovered, water resources are cleaner as a result of better management, and organic cotton products are sold in local markets. The association has been at the forefront of a national movement in Peru to change perceptions of native cotton production.

Country: Peru  

Filesize: 2.11 MB

The Fishers' Association of the Rural Community of Mangagoulack – established by fishers from eight villages in central Casamance – manages a community conserved area with the aim of improving local incomes, strengthening food security and sovereignty, and protecting biodiversity.

Country: Senegal  

Filesize: 3.48 MB

This collective brings together women’s groups from communities bordering the Popenguine Nature Reserve, a 1,000-hectare coastal reserve located in the Thies region of Senegal. Since the creation of the reserve in 1986 to prevent over-harvesting of marine resources and degradation of mangrove forests, the park’s authorities have sought to involve local communities in its management. Volunteer groups of women began forming to help reforest sections of mangrove forest in the late-1980s, eventually leading to the creation of COPRONAT in 1996.

Comprising more than 1,500 women organized in economic interest groups (Groupements d’Intérêts Economiques) in eight villages, the collective’s work has focused on rehabilitating ecosystems and resources that underpin the local economy. Its successes have included the creation of the co-managed Community Nature Reserve of Somone, and the operation of revolving credit funds that catalyze alternative livelihood activities such as ecotourism.

Country: Senegal  

Filesize: 2.94 MB

Since 2005, this federation of women's economic interest groups, centered on the island of Niodior, has worked to rehabilitate mangrove ecosystems and promote natural resource management in the Saloum Delta Biosphere Reserve. The group was founded in response to multiple pressures on the reserve's mangrove and marine resources, and a 22-woman monitoring committee was established to regulate the harvesting of marine and forest resources.

With funding from the UNDP-implemented GEF Small Grants Programme, the initiative developed a participatory code of conduct for marine harvesting, purchased equipment to monitor access to the reserve, and established a central fund to provide loans to individual groups, benefitting more than 7,000 local people through the provision of microcredit. This fund is supplied with revenue from the harvesting of zones following year-long enforcement of 'no-take' regulations.

Country: Senegal  

Filesize: 6.96 MB

Sri Lanka's Community Development Centre (CDC) has worked to improve rural livelihoods through conservation of indigenous tuber varieties using seed banks managed by women-led self-help groups. Local technologies are used for seed production, with training on in-situ conservation of native varieties on individual land parcels. These self-help cooperatives are organized into federations of around five or six groups, each of which maintains a revolving credit fund to stimulate livelihoods diversification.

CDC has provided more than 300 families with an alternative income source and a viable food security solution. Monthly net profits from yam sales are roughly 5,000 Sri Lankan rupees per family, an improvement from 3,000 Sri Lankan rupees before the project began. Many farmers have also expanded into value-added secondary processing, and the production and sale of yam chips, yam sweets, and roti.

Country: Sri Lanka  

Filesize: 2.92 MB

The Committee for People's Rights (Podujana Himikam Kamituwa), a local NGO based in Kalutara District, southwestern Sri Lanka, has pioneered the reintroduction of rush and reed species to household paddy fields for processing into value-added handicraft products.

The Rush and Reed Conservation and Diversification Program aims to ensure the sustainable use of natural resources, to protect indigenous and traditional knowledge associated with traditional handicrafts, to conserve biodiversity and wetland ecosystems through a participatory approach, and to provide opportunities to the local population for alternative income-generation avenues. Since 1999, the initiative has provided training for more than 2,500 households in 11 districts in Sri Lanka; those involved in the program have seen average monthly household incomes double thanks to improved production techniques and marketing support.

Country: Sri Lanka  

Filesize: 3.67 MB

The Amani Nature Reserve was created to protect the unique, biologically important sub-montane forest ecosystem of Tanzania’s East Usambara Mountains. The biosphere reserve covers an area of about 83,600 hectares, and is home to a number of human settlements as well as unique and endemic biodiversity. These communities have been actively engaged in the management of the reserve since its establishment in 1997: two community representatives currently sit on the Amani Nature Reserve Advisory Board.

The high dependency of local people on the natural resources found in the area was the main obstacle to Amani’s goal of conserving this unique fragment of rainforest. The reserve’s management board has therefore developed a strategy focusing on developing alternative, non-consumptive uses of the natural resources in the area and income-generating
activities, such as ecotourism, beekeeping, and fish and butterfly farming.

Country: Tanzania  

Filesize: 2.57 MB