The Kayan Mentarang National Park Indigenous Peoples Consultative Forum has been named as one of the recipients of the 2020 Equator Prize. Source image:

The United Nations Development Program (UNDP) awarded the Equator Prize 2020 to the Kayan Mentarang National Park Indigenous Peoples Forum (FoMMA) for its work on the environment on World Environment Day on June 5. The indigenous community consists of 11 indigenous groups in an area of ​​20,000 square kilometers within the Kayan Mentarang National Park, North Kalimantan, which borders directly with the Sabah region, Malaysia.

“FoMMA successfully advocated for the first collaborative management arrangement for a National Park in Indonesia, where the government and customary authorities decided together to manage and access resources and use customary rights,” UNDP Indonesia wrote in a press statement received in Jakarta on Friday.

The Equator Prize is an award for 10 local communities and indigenous peoples from all over the world who show innovative natural-based solutions to address the problem of biodiversity and climate change.

Other indigenous communities that won the award came from Congo, Ecuador, Guatemala, Kenya, Madagascar, Mexico, Thailand, and Canada, and Myanmar for the first time. Indonesia itself won the 2019 award through the community of Rumah Panjang Dayak Iban Sungai Utik, West Kalimantan.

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They were selected from a total of 583 nominees from more than 120 countries in selection by an independent Technical Advisory Committee consisting of international experts.

The winners each received funding of 10,000 US dollars (about Rp140 million) and the opportunity to join in a series of special events related to the UN General Assembly, the UN Nature Summit, as well as the Global Climate Week at the end of September.

“As countries move to rebuild better after the COVID-19 pandemic, innovative ways to protect ecosystems and biodiversity, addressing climate change are more important than ever,” UNDP Administrator Achim Steiner was quoted as saying. same.

The Equator Prize is supported by former Head of State Gro Harlem Brundtland and Oscar Arias, Nobel Prize winners Al Gore and Elinor Ostrom, leading experts Jane Goodall and Jeffrey Sachs, customary rights leader Vicky Tauli-Corpuz, philanthropist Richard Branson and Ted Turner and celebrities Edward Goodall and Jeffrey Sachs, customary rights leaders Vicky Tauli-Corpuz, philanthropist Richard Branson and Ted Turner and celebrities Edward Goodall Norton, Alec Baldwin, Gisele Bündchen and others. Equator Initiative partners include the governments of Germany, Norway and Sweden, as well as Conservation International, Convention on Biological Diversity, EcoAgriculture, Estee Lauder, Fordham University, the International Union for Conservation of Nature, the Nature Conservancy, PCI Media Impact, Norway’s Rainforest Foundation, Rare, UNEP, UNDP, UN Foundation, USAID, WWF, and the Wildlife Conservation Society.


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