$20K Grand Prize

Adapting to a Changing Environment

Tallying Votes
Winners Announced
Adapting to a Changing Environment: How are communities around the world adapting to their changing environments? 

Adapting to a Changing Environment surfaced locally-driven, nature-based solutions that are helping communities adapt to the impacts of climate change. This contest drew 88 submissions from 37 countries, many of which included powerful ideas and detailed accounts of how community-implemented adaptation strategies and succeeding in protecting biodiversity and enhancing livelihoods while also confronting the effects of a changing climate. 

The contest looked for adaptation strategies that:

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

Top 10 Finalists

No form submissions available.


Spencer Thomas photo
Spencer Thomas
Ambassador & Special Envoy for Multilateral Environmental Agreements, Grenada


Grand Prize
Awarded to the Judges’ Choice (selected by our panel) and People’s Choice (recipient of most votes).
Runners Up
Awarded to the first and second runner up in the People’s Choice competition.
East Africa Prize
Awarded to the best solution from East African nations
India Prize
Awarded to the best solution from India
Island Bright Spot Award
Trip to SIDS conference
Hosted in partnership with the Global Islands Partnership, this award will be given to the best solution coming out of a small-island developing state

View Entrants

Organization: Bohol Island State University (BISU) Calape
Country: Philippines
Organization: FORO para el Desarrollo Sustentable AC
Country: Mexico
Organization: National Trust of Fiji Islands
Country: Fiji
Organization: Azuero Earth Project
Country: Panama
Organization: Islamic Relief, Bangladesh
Country: Bangladesh
Organization: Kijabe Environment Volunteers
Country: Kenya
Organization: Sahyog Sansthan
Country: India
Organization: Bright Generation Community Foundation
Country: Ghana
Organization: AVVAI Village Welfare Society
Country: India
Organization: Fondo de Conservacin El Triunfo A. C. (FONCET)
Country: Mexico
Country: Uganda
Organization: Fundecor
Country: Costa Rica
Organization: Centre for Training and Integrated Research for ASALs development (CETRAD)
Country: Kenya
Organization: Ecofinder Kenya
Country: Kenya
Organization: Conservation Society of Pohnpei
Country: Micronesia
Organization: Grand-Sable Fishermen Association
Country: United States


Contest Requirements

Important Dates

  • May 15, 2013 Application period opens
  • July 19, 2013, 11:59:59 p.m. EDT Applications must be submitted.
  • September 10, 2013 Finalists announced and online voting begins.
  • October 4, 2013 Voting concludes
  • October 2013 Winner announced!


All entries will be submitted through the Solution Search website. Entries will then go through a three-tiered judging process and finalists will be announced for the public to vote for the winner. First, a panel from within the Rare and The Nature Conservancy’s staff will narrow the total pool of entries to 30. Next, a select group of expert judges will select 10 finalists and one of the grand prize winners. Then the public selects the second grand prize winner and two runner-ups. All applicants will be ranked throughout the process in the following criteria. 

  • Innovation
  • Biodiversity impact
  • Impact on human wellbeing and livelihoods
  • Replicability
  • Sustainability and resilience
  • Governance

Please keep these criteria in mind when completing the entry form.

Contest Partners

the nature conservancy logo

Contest Sponsors