The first Solution Search 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, all of which offered innovative ways to help improve both the tidal fisheries in communities around the world, as well as the people that rely on them.
The conservation community had focused far too long on the study of problems. Rare tried to change that with its first ever Solution Search in 2011, formalizing its commitment to practicing ‘Solutionology’. This contest found, spotlighted and promoted community-driven solutions that simultaneously preserved marine biodiversity and sustainable coastal livelihoods.
Submitted entries formed the basis for rare’s flagship program ‘Fish Forever’ that now operates in ten countries in collaboration with 500 local governments and 1 million fishermen.
Top 10 Finalists
How were entries for this Solution Search judged?
InnovationHow well does the solution demonstrate an innovative approach that fosters sustainable fisheries and promotes healthy coastal ecosystems
Biodiversity ImpactWhat impact on biodiversity has been achieved or do you anticipate?
GovernanceIs the solution being managed by a community that demonstrates good governance, leadership and social cohesion? Is the community involved in management and enforcement of the local fishery?
Sustainability and resilienceDoes the solution have long-term sustainability? Can it adapt to changing demographics, socioeconomic and climate realities?
ReplicabilityHow readily and broadly can the solution be replicated in other places with similar characteristics?
Impact on human well-being and livelihoodsDoes this solution demonstrate a positive impact on community livelihoods and well being? How many people are affected and in what way? (Global impacts might also be considered)