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Solution Search: Adapting to a Changing Climate aims to identify, reward and replicate climate adaptation solutions around the world.

Rare and The Nature Conservancy recently launched a contest that will award several prizes to the best solutions to climate adaptation. This first contest, sponsored by Rare and National Geographic, sought demonstrated proven solutions that benefit coastal communities and marine biodiversity. Over 100 entries were submitted from 48 different countries.

Climate change adaptation is an emerging field in which scientists are still trying to understand causes, effects and potential solutions; however, at the same time, communities throughout the world must live within and adapt to their changing environments. Adaptation at the community level must often be a holistic approach that addresses the most vulnerable aspects of community well-being such as livelihoods, food security, coastal security, water resources, disaster risk reduction, etc.

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Solution Search is looking for adaptation strategies that:

1. Use biodiversity and ecosystem services of forest, wetland, or coastal, marine systems as part of an overall adaptation strategy to help people and communities adapt to the negative effects of climate change


2. Decrease the dependence on the consumptive use of resources and/or improve the ability of the community to cope with loss or changes in vulnerable resources.

Examples of potential solutions include:

  • Designing and implementing of resilient marine protected area (MPA) or other fishery management solution (such as TURF-reserve networks) to resist increased sea level rise and storm surge
  • Conservation of forests to that helps maintain freshwater flows in times of drought and reduces chances of landslides during intense rainfall events
  • Diversification of sustainable livelihoods and/or food sources
  • Protection of wetland areas, such as mangroves, to reduce flooding from increased storm events
  • Coordination with farmers to innovatively manage crops through new types of seasonality, such as more drought or intense rain


  • Two grand prize winners will each receive a US $20,000 grant prize to support the conservation and resource management initiative, and the winners will receive the award at a ceremony in Washington, D.C. One grand prize winner will be selected by the elite panel of judges. A second grand prize winner will be determined by public vote.
  • Two runner-ups will receive project grants of US $5,000 each and will receive their awards at the winner's ceremony in Washington, D.C.
  • One nomination prize of US $1,000 to the organization that nominates a grand prize winning entry.
  • One winner of the Island Bright Spot Award (sponsored by the Global Island Partnership) to be sponsored to attend Third International Conference on Small Island Developing States (to be held in Apia, Samoa in September 2014), including invitation to participate in the Island Bright Spot exchange forum, high level commitments events and the Island Fiesta. The winner will also be showcased throughout the 2014 year of Small Island Developing States. This winner will be selected by the Global Island Partnership.
  • One winner of an India-specific prize of US $10,000 (sponsored by Barr Foundation). This winner will be selected by Barr Foundation.
  • One winner of an East Africa-specific prize of US $10,000 (sponsored by Barr Foundation). Qualifying countries include: Ethiopia, Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda, Tanzania, Burundi, Malawi, Mozambique and Madagascar. This winner will be selected by Barr Foundation.
  • Any of the entrants will be eligible to become a model for replication through Rare's global Pride campaigns.
  • The chance for your organization to be featured in a Nature Conservancy magazine article.
Entry formB: download it HERE