International Center for Climate Governance (ICCG): Inviting Applications for award to submit innovative best practices to tackle climate change or to face a related challenge.

Donor Name: International Center for Climate Governance (ICCG)
Award name: Best Climate Practices 2017 Contest

Award brief: In the effort to harness the collective brilliance and promote a wide range of valuable proposals, every year the Best Climate Practices observatory invites the users to submit innovative best practices to tackle climate change or to face a related challenge.

The focus of the 2017 contest is “Building local resilience to climate disaster risk”.

Floods, drought, heat waves and other extreme weather and climate events pose threats to persons and communities: losses in life and health, economic damages, displacement, and compromise access to basic needs and services, such as water, food, energy, transport, communication or education.

Strategies and actions to cope with climate-related disasters and bounce back quickly are urgently needed. The World Economic Forum’s Global Risks report of 2017 identified extreme weather events as the single most prominent global risk both in terms of likelihood and impact. According to the latest IFRC annual review of global disasters, 108 million people were affected by natural disasters in 2015, around half of whom were hit by drought, a third by floods and 10 percent by storms. Despite broad recognition that investing in resilience can save lives and money, IFRC analyses revealed that only 40 cents of every 100 US dollars spent on international aid is invested in preparedness and measures to reduce disaster risk.

Disaster risk reduction (DRR) entails systematic efforts to reduce those factors that amplify the impacts of natural hazards. It includes such actions as building more resilient infrastructures, investing in disaster preparedness and early warning systems, providing education, training and capacity building, taking advantage of mobile and communication technologies, and developing new tools such as micro insurances and nature-based solutions.

Disaster risk reduction, with its aim to strengthen the resilience of communities to all hazards, is an essential piece of the sustainable development agenda. The Hyogo Framework for Action, which guided disaster risk reduction efforts from 2005 to 2015, already identified the need to integrate DRR and climate change adaptation efforts. The 2015 Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction reiterated the relationship between DRR measures and climate change adaptation and emphasized the need for coordination and coherence in the DRR, climate change, and sustainable development agendas.

Out of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) agreed by the United Nations General Assembly in 2015, 10 are strictly tied to the struggle for reducing disaster risk and building resilience. By choosing the theme of the 2017 Contest, the Best Climate Practices observatory focuses the attention on core aspects of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development – contributing, among others, to Goal 1 (End poverty in all its forms everywhere), Goal 2 (End hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition and promote sustainable agriculture), Goal 3 (Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages), Goal 11 (Make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable), and Goal 13 (Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts).

Although disaster risk reduction efforts are underway, climate change is increasing the frequency and intensity of extreme weather events.

Low-income countries and small islands are the most endangered by climate change impacts, but local communities in both cities and rural areas are exposed to disaster risk in the richest and most developed countries as well. Environmental degradation and socioeconomic factors like poverty and urban population growth contribute to increase communities’ vulnerability to natural hazards.

For these reasons the 2017 Best Climate Practices Contest aims to award and promote actionable ideas and concrete projects designed to support urban and/or rural communities in preparing and responding to climate disasters, improving local resilience through enhanced preparedness (ex-ante) and/or recovery (ex-post) capacity.

Deadline: May 31st, 2017 (5.00 pm CEST)
Online polls: June 15, 2016 – July 18, 2017 (5.00 pm CEST)

Award details link:

Award limit: The winner practice of the 2017 BCP Contest will be awarded 3000 euros*.

Special Notes:
The winner(s) and best shortlisted candidates will be invited to present their projects to a selected audience of experts, researchers, policy-makers and investors during a web-conference organized by ICCG.
● The winner will be announced in October 2017.
● Further details about the winner announcement and the final web conference will be communicated in due course to the contest’s participants and posted on the Best Climate Practices website.
● ICCG will promote the winner and other deserving projects in competition through its communication channels.
● Rate the contestants’ practices and share your favorite ones on the social networks.
● Registered users on the Best Climate Practices website can rate the contestants’ practices and share them on social networks, increasing their chance of winning.
● The public online polls are open from June 15 to July 17, 2017 (5.00 pm CEST)

Project start date: N/A
Project duration: N/A
Eligible organization: As below

The contest is open to anyone, regardless of nationality, age or qualification.
● Proposals can be submitted by individual users, teams or organizations.
● Submitters can be the authors of the practice or proponents of a third party’s practice. However, it is strictly forbidden to submit someone else’s practice/idea as one’s own. Where an intellectual property owner’s authorization is needed, it is the responsibility of the submitter(s) to obtain such authorization prior to submitting the final materials.
● Projects previously exhibited or published on the Best Climate Practices platform may be resubmitted, as long as they conform to the rules and the entry guidelines of the competition. For practices/ideas that have been exhibited or published elsewhere, it is requested to provide clear details through the Note section in the ad hoc web form.
● The contest is open to practices (projects, initiatives, tools, or ideas) designed to increase the capacity of urban and rural communities to prepare and respond to climate-related disasters.

Submissions not consistent with the 2017 BCP Contest theme, even if commendable projects in and of themselves, will not be taken into consideration. Admissible practices can present:
● a brand new idea or
● an already existing project (in its preliminary phase, under way or already concluded).
● Proposals must refer to actionable ideas or concrete projects: research papers or dissemination initiatives will not be taken into consideration.
● Practices must be submitted according to the rules explained in this Rules and Procedures and in the 2017 Call for Proposals, and following the accompanying guidelines published on the Best Climate Practices platform.

Submission mail: N/A

Other important link:
Best practices:
● Download the call for proposals:

How to apply:
In order to submit a proposal, participants need to be registered on the BCP platform at .
● Once logged in, please fill in the entry form on the Submit a Practice webpage by following the instructions given.
● Complete the application by uploading the Privacy Consent form in the “Upload Document” section at the end of the entry form.
● Each registered user may submit one or more practices.


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