CDC receives ‘special recognition’ at Equator Prize Award Ceremony at Barcelona
The Community Development Centre (CDC) received the “special recognition” communities from the Asia and the Pacific region at the 2008 Equator Prize Award Ceremony. The ceremony was held at Palo Alto, in Barcelona, Spain on October 6th during the IUCN World Conservation Congress.

The roots and tubers conservation programme of the CDC has been selected as one of the 25 outstanding winners of the ‘Equator Prize 2008’. The evening honoured the 25 community winners of the Equator Prize 2008 – who are the local experts that have demonstrated outstanding work in poverty reduction through the conservation and sustainable use of biodiversity.

  The 2008 Equator Prize Award Ceremony was held  Five of the 25 finalists were honoured with the ‘special recognition’ of which CDC was honoured with an additional monetary award.
  The distinguished guests included, HRH Prince Albert II of Monaco and Ted Turner, Founder and Chairman of the United Nations Foundation. The dinner included a keynote speech by Ted Turner and speeches by Veerle Vandeweerd (Director of the Environment & Energy Group at UNDP), Brett Jenks (President & Chief Executive Office of RARE Conservation), Russell Mittermeier (President of Conservation International), Kathy Calvin Bushkin (Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of the United Nations Foundation), Sara Scherr (President and Chief Executive Officer of Ecoagricultural Partners) and Poul Engberg-Pedersen (Director General of the Norwegian Agency for Development Co-operation).
  A short video highlighted the accomplishments of the Equator Prize 2008 winners and showcased video footage from several of the communities.
  - Event report
  - Full list of Equator Prize 2008 Winners
  - The Community Development Centre's details
  - The Equator Initiative/ Prize
  - Sri Lankan grassroots group wins special recognition from UN-backed biodiversity prize (Asian Tribune)

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