$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.


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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: Young Volunteers for the Environment
Country: Kenya
Organization: Wildlife Alliance
Country: United States
Organization: Toco Foundation
Country: Trinidad and Tobago
Organization: Rotary Pacific Water for Life Foundation
Country: Fiji
Organization: Urku Estudios Amazïnicos
Country: Peru
Organization: Forests without Borders
Country: Canada
Organization: Agua para el Tercer Mundo Perï
Country: Cuba
Organization: Wetlands International ? Indonesia Programme
Country: Indonesia
Organization: TREE-Training Research Education for empowerment
Country: Bangladesh
Organization: Association of Deep Sea Going Artisanal Fishermen
Country: India
Organization: Initiatives pour un Dïveloppement Intïgrï Durable
Country: Western Sahara
Organization: Falls Brook Centre
Country: Honduras
Organization: Maya Nut Institute
Country: United States
Organization: Endangered Wildlife Trust's Drylands Conservation Programme
Country: South Africa
Organization: Carbon Offset Aggregation Cooperative
Country: Canada
Organization: Bundibugyo District Local Government
Country: Uganda


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

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Contest Sponsors