UDHAGAMANDALAM: The Aadhimalai Pazhangudiyinar Producer Company Limited in the Nilgiris has received the prestigious 2021 Equator Prize from the United Nations Development Program (UNDP).
“This cooperative of 1,700 shareholders, managed and managed entirely by indigenous peoples of the Nilgiri Biosphere Reserve, improves the livelihoods of villagers by supporting the sustainable collection and cultivation of a wide range of forest products and crops. . Through local added value, members earn superior awards, ”UNDP said in a press release.
The organization is one of two Indian community initiatives that won the 12th Ecuador Prize, the other being Snehakunja Trust.
“This year’s Equator Prize will recognize innovative initiatives by local communities and indigenous peoples who demonstrate outstanding achievements in nature-based solutions for local sustainable development. I am honored and delighted to receive the 2021 Ecuador Prize on behalf of the indigenous communities of the NBR, ”said Jestin Pauls, CEO of Aadhimalai Pazhangudiyinar Producer Company Limited in a press release.
“Thank you to the UNDP jury for recognizing our efforts. Many thanks to Keystone Foundation, Last Forest Enterprise and the entire Indigenous community for their efforts. It will be a great motivation for us to continue. This kind of recognition reminds us that somewhere the voice of indigenous communities is still being heard amid the tremendous noise of the changing world, ”he said.
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