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.


Ujamaa Community Resource Team works across northern Tanzania to help secure land and resource rights for pastoralist, agro-pastoralist, and hunter-gatherer communities, many of whom are negatively affected by the existence of the country's large protected areas. The group's approach has capitalized on Tanzania's village land legislation, which allows communities to develop by-laws and land use plans for their customary lands, and has also focused on improving the ecosystem management capacity of these communities.

By guiding socially marginalized groups through the arduous process of securing official rights to land, the NGO has secured several landmark agreements, including the legal demarcation of the first village for hunter-gatherers in Tanzania. Capacity-building, conflict resolution, and sustainable livelihoods programming have underpinned the initiative’s work, helping to demonstrate the effectiveness of these rural communities as land and resource managers.

Country: Tanzania  

Filesize: 3.57 MB

After a devastating bush fire in 1973, the village of Ando Kpomey created a "green belt" buffer around its community that has grown into a 100-hectare forest. A participatory management committee has been established to monitor the forest and its resources and to regulate its use. The community authorizes limited resource extraction to meet livelihood needs and manages revenues generated from the sale of forest-based products. Local women are authorized entry to the community forest to access firewood, significantly reducing the average time needed to forage for cooking fuel. Various crops are grown in the forest, including a range of medicinal plants which have served to meet local healthcare needs.

Neighbouring communities have been enlisted to protect the forest, and have benefited from knowledge sharing on natural resource management, participatory planning and forest conservation. The village hosts peer-to-peer learning exchanges to share lessons learned, and has done so with communities and organization across Togo and Burkina Faso.

Country: Togo  

Filesize: 778.55 kB

The village community of Bigodi, near Fort Portal, western Uganda, straddles an eight kilometre stretch of papyrus wetland that is home to an abundance of wildlife. Eight primate species and more than 200 bird species draw tourists from neighbouring Kibale Forest National Park, for which the Bigodi swamp forms an important wildlife corridor. Through the work of Kibale Association for Rural and Environmental Development (KAFRED), the community benefitted substantially from this ecotourism trade by establishing guided tours along a boardwalk through the wetlands, supplemented by the sale of handicrafts by the village women's group.

Sustainable management of the area was backed by the enactment of bylaws in 1995, developed in a participatory fashion with local government authorities. This process provided the legal foundation for the group's work in wildlife conservation and income generation that has benefitted the national park and local stakeholders in equal measure.

Country: Uganda  

Filesize: 3.45 MB
AMAL-CRAB BAY Community Resource Management Initiative

The successes of the Amal-Crab Bay initiative in conserving marine resources in their

Country: Vanuatu  

Filesize: 2.44 MB

This network of marine and terrestrial protected areas spanning the Vanuatu islands of Nguna and Pele has brought together local, national and international actors in a diverse partnership for the conservation of the area's unique biodiversity. The network comprises sixteen indigenous communities engaged in the conservation of more than 3,000 hectares of marine and terrestrial resources.

The project has become a case study for best practice in community marine conservation within Vanuatu and the Pacific islands for its strategies of proactive conservation, resilient management, and locally-appropriate awareness-raising. Among more than 60 different partner organizations are local and regional NGOs, government ministries, international volunteer organizations, research institutes, and tour operators who promote the islands as an ecotourism destination.

Country: Vanuatu  

Filesize: 2.64 MB

Roush Protected Area Community, Socotra, is located one kilometer north of Socotra, an island off the coast of Yemen. The marine protected area belongs to the communities of Sacra and Diherhom villages, and was developed in response to an observed decline in marine resources and fish populations. A conservation area and eco-campsite were established, and the initiative was later broadened to include conservation activities more generally.

The campsite has created local jobs and benefits are shared equitably amongst participating communities. The initiative follows principles of environmental responsibility, using solar panels for energy and undertaking sustainable management of water. In addition to the benefits of ecotourism revenues, Sacra and Diherhom villages have benefitted from increased stocks of fish and other marine resources.

Country: Yemen  

Filesize: 2.68 MB

Zambia's Luangwa Valley is the setting for a pioneering initiative that is transforming the local economy and reducing human pressures wildlife. Led by the Wildlife Conservation Society, Community Markets for Conservation (COMACO) has brought about substantial livelihoods and conservation benefits through a producer group model of collective learning, reaching more than 40,000 farming households with training in conservation farming techniques.

Farmers are invited to become COMACO members in return for adopting a package of eco-agriculture and organic farming techniques that both reduce the environmental impact of farming and drastically improve agricultural yields. COMACO purchases farm commodities through a network of depots and collection centres, alleviating transport costs and guaranteeing a premium for organic produce through the payment of an annual dividend to member farmers. The initiative has been particularly successful in converting poachers to farmers.

Country: Zambia  

Filesize: 3.86 MB

The Chibememe Earth Healing Association (CHIEHA) is a community-based initiative centered on the small village of Chibememe, in Masvingo province, Zimbabwe. Arising in response to habitat destruction and deforestation in the Zivambava Island forest and the Chibememe mainland forest, the organization’s work has been driven by the 17 households that make up Chibememe community. Its work has spread to include neighbouring communities, however, with the development of environmental outreach and sustainable livelihoods activities that aim to sustainably manage natural resources in the wider Sangwe area and the Great Limpopo Transfrontier Park Conservation Area.

Key activities have included innovative efforts to raise awareness on conservation through the initiative’s Environment and Cultural Information Centre, as well as the processing of non-timber forest products, and promotion of eco- and ethno-tourism to capitalize on the area’s rich natural and cultural heritage.

Country: Zimbabwe  

Filesize: 3.06 MB