A Yap community group is one of 22 local and indigenous organizations to win this year’s Equator Prize, an international honor awarded every two years by the United Nations Development Programme.
UNDP recognized the Tamil Resources Conservation Trust (TRCT) for its innovative work to protect land and water resources from climate change while strengthening family farming and other sustainable projects.
Yap has experienced flooding, erosion, and drought driven by climate change in recent years.
TRCT took action and partnered with conservation groups to promote “ridge-to-reef” initiatives that protect land critical to a healthy watershed, promote family farming, and strengthen planning efforts to better protect marine resources.
TRCT won the honor out of a pool of 847 nominations across 127 countries.
As part of the award, TRCT representatives will be invited to a September summit in New York during the 74th UN General Assembly The organization will also receive a $10,000 prize.