All Solution Search Contests

Change Begins After the Celebration

Solution search celebrates innovation.
Its main purpose is promoting change.

Behavior Change in Ecuador
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What people eat, what they buy and what they use contributes directly to climate change. Agriculture and land use change is responsible for 27 percent of global greenhouse gas emissions (The Guardian, 2011). In just eight months, humans consume what the earth can sustainably produce in a single year (Global Footprint Network, 2017). At this rate, we are dangerously reducing global natural resource reserves.

With their money and their choices, people vote daily for the ways our global ecosystems are used. If we can better understand the insights behind that decision-making, we can spark widespread change in the way people consume natural resources. 

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Communities across our nation face dangerous and damaging weather patterns. Droughts along the Corn Belt, wildfires in the West, tornadoes across our heartland, hurricanes along the sourthern and eastern coasts and flooding on our storied river banks: all endanger our community welfare and livelihoods. In 2012, natural catastrophes alone killed 349 people and caused more than $60 billion in damage.

Yet, while Americans encounter this daunting weather, our spirit for innovation lives on. Local organizations, business, religious groups and governments have all found ways to reduce their risk in the face of these natural hazards. Some have used natural resources, such as oyster beds or marshes, to reduce erosion and wave energy – preventing flooding and storm surge. Others have invented cost-effective technologies that protect homes from blowing over in strong winds. Still others have found ways to adapt their farming techniques to ensure a healthy crop in the changing wet and dry seasons.

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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.

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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.

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  • $20K Prize & National Geographic Video
    Winners Announced
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    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.

  • $20K Grand Prize
    Winners Announced

    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...

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