The Sri Lanka Wildlife Conservation Society is among 25 recipients of this year’s Equator Prize, awarded by the UNDP Equator Initiative.
The Equator Prize is an international award that gives recognition to outstanding efforts to reduce poverty and help communities through conservation and the sustainable use of biodiversity. Under the UNDP Equator Initiative, governments, businesses and communities work together to raise income levels and protect the environment in tropical countries, which contain the world’s greatest concentrations of biological wealth.
In its citation, the Technical Advisory Committee of the UNDP Equator Initiative said:
“The level of competition for the prize was extremely high and the depth of nominations received was truly impressive. Among this year's remarkable entries, you provided us with a strong demonstration of the inventiveness of community-based work currently being undertaken in the tropics.”
Sri Lanka Wildlife Conservation Society founder president Ravi Corea will receive the award on behalf of the society at a ceremony to be held in Barcelona, Spain.