Accelerating Change to Solve the Water Crisis Through Local Action

In this webinar, you will learn how nature-based solutions of Equator Prize winning Indigenous peoples and local communities from 20+ years have been accelerating change to solve the water crisis around the world.

Course type: Webinar
Languages: English, French, Spanish, Portuguese
Date: 16 March 2023
Commitment: 180 minutes
 Partners:  Equator Initiative, United Nations Development Programme

Taking place during New York Water Week and in the lead up to the UN Water Conference on March 22-24, 2023, this virtual event highlighted the important contributions of Indigenous peoples and local communities towards achieving water security and environmental justice.

This event, hosted and organized by UNDP’s Equator Initiative, showcases not only the crucial role of water being a dealmaker for the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), but also sets local action as the key instrument in preserving water for people and the planet.

Webinar objectives

The webinar sought to: 

  • Provide an analysis of the most effective nature-based solutions of Equator Prize winners working on water from over 20 years
  • Share and exchange knowledge around water security and environmental justice from representatives of Indigenous and local communities
  • Showcase the importance of local action setting in motion crucial transformations we need to solve the water crisis


The webinar took place on March 16, 2023 and consisted of:

  • An introductory presentation on “Nature-Based Solutions Addressing our Water Crisis - Equator Prize Winners’ Solutions from 20 Years” by Dr. Amanda Bielawski, Director of the Pacific Institute and Advisor to the Equator Initiative
  • A session on SDG 6 “Access to water” with representatives from five Equator Prize winning organizations, namely Associação Sociocultural Yawanawá in partnership with Água Camelo, Łutsël K’é Dene First Nation, Boon Rueang Wetland Forest, Alianza Ceibo, Fondo de Páramos Tungurahua y Lucha contra la Pobreza, followed by Q&A.
  • A session on SDG 14 “Life below Water” with representatives from three Equator Prize winning organizations, namely San Crisanto Foundation, Ocean Revolution Moçambique, OELO.

Webinar recording

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