21 December 2021 | 3 minutes.

The Equator Prize

Aghanistan’s Kishim River Valley.

Photo: Rural Green Environment Organization, Equator Initiative.

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Marie Trémolet
Nature-based Solutions and Policy Analyst, United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)

Marie Trémolet, Nature-based Solutions and Policy Analyst, United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)

Organized by the Equator Initiative within the United Nations Development Programme, the Equator Prize recognizes and celebrates indigenous peoples and local communities who advance local, innovative, naturebased solutions for tackling biodiversity loss and climate change, and achieving their local development goals. These are just two of the winners of this year’s prize.

Enabling Afghanistan’s Kishim River Valley to spring back to life

Deep in a remote valley of Afghanistan along the Kishim River, hillsides had been left barren from rampant illegal deforestation, and had given way to soil erosion and destructive landslides that destroyed farmland. Climate change brought more extreme weather, including intensified floods and droughts. The land was left unable to naturally absorb and regulate water, and families struggled to grow adequate food.

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