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The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) is inviting individuals, organisations and groups with outstanding and innovative solutions for protected and conserved areas, to apply for the inaugural Pathfinder Award. The theme for the 2018 Award is: Innovation & Excellence in Protected and Conserved Area Financing and Resourcing.

Submitted solutions should demonstrate:

  • Success in sustainable financing or resources: adopting new types of sustainable financing or resourcing for 1 or more protected/conserved areas;
  • New and additional sources of revenues or means to address priorities sustainably;
  • Significant finance or resourcing breakthrough: dramatically increasing protected area revenues or access to resources without compromising integrity;
  • Successful partnerships for financing/resourcing: new partnerships developed with private sector or civil society that achieve new financing or resourcing;
  • New technologies: new approaches or methods to mobilise, collect, administer or disburse financial and other resources for protected areas; and
  • Management for investment: new management approaches to attract and enable investment or achieve new efficiencies.

The Pathfinder Award is an initiative of the UNDP in partnership with the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) and its World Commission on Protected Areas (WCPA) as well as WildArk-A Movement for the Wild.


The Overall Winner (individual or organization) will receive a cash grant of US$10,000, whilst the Runner-Up (individual or organization) will receive US$2,000. Up to 3 individuals or organizations will receive the Special Commendation award, of US$1,000 each.

The winners will also receive a plaque and certificate of achievement, promotion and visibility, and an invitation to the awards ceremony. The costs of attendance at the awards ceremony will be covered in full. The inaugural award will be presented at the 14th meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity (COP 14), which will be held in Sharm El-Sheikh, Egypt, between 17 and 29 November 2018.

Winners will receive public recognition and acknowledgement which can then be used to motivate and inspire others. They could also be awarded with participation in a training programme or mentorship, including the IUCN Green List of Protected Areas Programme. They will have the opportunity to receive in-kind technical support or membership of a network, including IUCN WCPA and IUCN Green List and the opportunity for keynote participation in a global, regional, or digital PANORAMA event.

All complete submissions that meet PANORAMA’s ‘criteria for solutions’ will be published on the web platform, regardless of their success in the award process. The winners, runners-up, as well as other select nominees and their work may be featured on the relevant UNDP and IUCN websites and in a range of other promotional material, social media sites, or printed material.


Applicants and nominees must be individuals, groups or organizations that work within or represent a protected or conserved area and their constituents and stakeholders (e.g., rangers, park managers, directors, local leaders, members of communities, and advocates).

The innovation and initiative must be completed with clear results, or under implementation with a certain level of accomplishment. Self-nominations are encouraged.

All categories of protected and conserved areas are eligible, including community and private conservation areas, and areas conserved by indigenous peoples and local communities. There are no restrictions related to the protected area management, ownership, or governance types.

Although innovative ideas which have not yet been fully developed and/or implemented are not eligible for the Pathfinder Award, they can be submitted for the ‘Innovation Laboratory’ poster, which will be displayed at the Awards Ceremony.

All submissions/nominations will be assessed on relevance, innovation, impact and excellence and inspiration.


Applications/nominations are to be submitted online by 15 August 2018.

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