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Local Action for the Global Goals
Promoting Innovative Conservation and Development Solutions

The ambitious 2030 Agenda calls for integrated solutions across the 17 Sustainable Development Goals to address the critical challenges of our time. To achieve this ambitious agenda, we will need to support actions at the local, national, and international levels. Over the past 15 and 25 years, respectively, the Equator Initiative and UNDP-Implemented GEF Small Grants Programme have worked to advance local efforts to develop holistic approaches sustainable development.

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Climate Solutions from Community Forestss
Learning from Indigenous Peoples and Local Communities

This book features case studies from 22 Equator Prize winners and highlights the significance of indigenous and community-managed forests to global climate and sustainable development goals. Organized around four central themes in forest management, the book profiles a diverse range of initiatives undertaken by indigenous peoples and local communities to sustainably manage forest ecosystems.

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Executive Summary: Climate Solutions from Community Forests
Lessons from Indigenous and Community-Based Forest Management

This executive summary considers case material from 22 examples of successful community-based forest management. These case studies showcase the wide range of initiatives that indigenous peoples and other forest-dependent communities take to sustainably use, protect and restore local forests through their collective action.

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Stories of Resilience
Lessons from Sub-Saharan Drylands Communities

This book analyzes 15 case studies on sustainable land management in sub-Saharan Africa to illustrate seven critical elements necessary to build resilience in drylands communities. The publication also provides a brief summary of each case study to highlight best practices in sustainable land management across the region.

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The Power of Local Action
Lessons from 10 Years of the Equator Prize 

Between 2002 and 2010, the Equator Prize was awarded to 127 outstanding local and indigenous community efforts to reduce poverty through the conservation and sustainable use of biodiversity. On its 10-year anniversary, the Equator Initiative published this book to provide a comprehensive analysis of the commonalities, trends and lessons across the pool of winners.

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Community-Based Sustainable Land Management
Best Practices in Drylands from the Equator Initiative

This case study compendium brings together detailed case studies on twenty Equator Prize winners that have demonstrated outstanding achievement and success in sustainable land management. Each is from the African continent and each tells the story of community leadership in addressing those social, environmental and economic issues that are specific to drylands ecosystems.

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Community-Based Action in Small Island Developing States
Best Practices from the Equator Initiative

Released in conjunction with the Third International Conference on Small Island Developing States (SIDS), this publication features fourteen SIDS case studies. The cases range in focus from conserving marine resources to initiatives in ecotourism, reforestation and network development. 

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A Toolkit to Support Conservation by Indigenous Peoples and Local Communities

This toolkit is designed to support civil society-led initiatives around the globe that aim to manage and conserve Indigenous Peoples’ and Community Conserved Territories and Areas (ICCAs). In this publication, sixteen case studies highlight innovative tools and approaches that local communities have developed to address critical challenges affecting their ICCAs. 

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