UNDP Pathfinder Award 2018 Award International 
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UNDP Pathfinder Award 2018

The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), 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 present the inaugural Pathfinder Award.

This year’s award focuses on identifying and celebrating solutions from around the world that have addressed this problem. Solutions should demonstrate:

  • Success in sustainable financing or resources: adopting new types of sustainable financing or resourcing for one 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 the private sector or civil society that achieve new financing or resourcing;
  • New technologies: new approaches or methods to mobilize, collect, administer or disburse financial and other resources for protected areas;
  • Management for investment: new management approaches to attract and enable investment or achieve new efficiencies.

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.


The 2018 awards are made up of a cash grant as well as several other areas of recognition, taking into account submissions across all thematic areas listed above.

  • Overall winner (individual or organization): US$ 10,000
  • Runner-Up (individual or organization): US$ 2,000
  • Special commendation (to be awarded to up to three individuals or organizations): 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.


Please visit the official website to see information on eligibilities.

Eligible Regions: Open for All

For more information please visit official website.



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