$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: SEPAKAT Community Forest Group from Tanjung Putri Village
Country: Indonesia
Organization: Dar Es Salaam Charcoal
Country: Tanzania
Organization: West African Bird Study Association
Country: Gambia
Organization: Research Centre for Resources and Rural development
Country: Vietnam
Organization: ASHA Nepal
Country: Nepal
Organization: Society for Elimination of Rural Poverty
Country: India
Organization: The Salto de Agua Farming Group with the support of CONANP, the National Commission of Natural Protected Areas
Country: Mexico
Organization: ENDEV-Society for Environment & Development
Country: India
Organization: Village Development Committee of ANDO-KPOMEY
Country: Togo
Organization: The Foundation of the People of the South Pacific International
Country: Fiji
Organization: EcoLogic Development Fund
Country: United States
Organization: Sociedad de Historia Natural Niparajá A.C.
Country: Mexico
Organization: African Christians Organization Network
Country: Kenya
Organization: Community Based Adaptation to Climate Change through Coastal Afforestation (CBACC-CF) Project
Country: Bangladesh


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