Donor Name: Climate CoLab
Funding name: No specific funding name
Funding brief: This contest seeks proposals on sustainable land use and waste management practices that can be effectively implemented and brought to scale, in order to address the challenges of global climate change.
The primary goals of Climate CoLab are to:
● Study collective intelligence: Climate CoLab is a research project of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Center for Collective Intelligence (http://cci.mit.edu), and is studying how large numbers of people around the world can create detailed proposals for what humanity should do about climate change.
By helping scientists, policy makers, businesspeople, and concerned citizens to think constructively together about this problem, we believe it may be possible to create better solutions than would have been developed otherwise.
● Help educate the general public about climate change: By giving large numbers of people an opportunity to work together on proposals to address climate change, based on the best current scientific knowledge, we believe they will come to understand the issues better and be better able to participate in political decision-making in their countries and communities.
● Provide an open forum to discuss and select climate change proposals: Climate CoLab aims to be an open and neutral forum where members can discuss climate change proposals consistent with the best expert knowledge currently available. Proposals can be submitted into Climate CoLab contests and workspaces. Climate CoLab awards proposals that are selected by the contest Judges and the community; the project does not advocate for or endorse specific climate change solutions. To read more about our philosophy, please read the Community Philosophy & Policies.
Agriculture: Promising climate change mitigation options in the agriculture sector include:
● Restoration of cultivated organic soils,
● Improved cropland management,
● Integrated soil and water conservation,
● Nutrient management,
● Tillage/residue management,
● Water management,
● Diversified farming systems,
● Improved grazing land management,
● Increased landscape productivity,
● And restoration of degraded lands.
Forestry: These include:
● Reducing deforestation and forest degradation, reforestation and afforestation, promoting agro-forestry, Sustainable Forest Management (SFM), and Reduced Impact Logging (RIL) (2),
● Promoting and enhancing traditional ecological knowledge in rural communities, expanding operations under sustainable forest management certifications (e.g., Forest Stewardship Council),
● Increasing landscape level carbon density,
● Reducing consumption of deforestation drivers (e.g. palm oil, beef),
● Improving the supply chains of commercial agricultural commodities that can drive deforestation (e.g. initiatives under the UNDP Green Commodities Programme) (3), and
● Increasing product and fuel substitution, as well as carbon stocks in wood products.
Livestock: Promising climate mitigation options in the livestock sector include:
● Promoting land-use for livestock outside of tropical forests,
● Sustainable, rotational livestock pastures,
● Improved feeding practices,
● Animal husbandry and livestock health management,
● Integrated crop-livestock systems,
● Lowering livestock production and consumption,
● Promoting lower-footprint proteins including pulses, insects and aquaculture, nutrient capture and recycling in manure management, and wider use of best practices and technologies.
Waste Management: The IPCC outlines a range of possible strategies for reducing emissions from waste management, including:
● Landfilling with landfill gas recovery (reduces CH4 emissions);
● Waste minimization and post-consumer recycling (avoids waste generation and reduces emissions from the production process);
● Composting of selected waste fractions (avoids GHG generation); and recovery of biodegradable waste and
● Processes that reduce GHG generation compared to landfilling (thermal processes including incineration, pyrolysis and industrial co-combustion, Mechanical Biological Treatment or MBT with landfilling of residuals, and anaerobic digestion).
Deadline: Sunday, Sep 10, 2017 at 18:00:00 PM Eastern Daylight Time
Funding details link: https://climatecolab.org/resources/2017/land-use-agriculture-forestry-waste-management
Funding limit: Top proposals in each contest will be awarded:
● Judges’ Choice Award — Two proposals* will be selected by the Judges to receive the Judges’ Choice– one project, and one practice.
● Popular Choice Award – Received the most votes during the public voting period.
The Judges’ Choice Award and Popular Choice Award Winners will be invited to MIT (see prior Climate CoLab Conferences), join the Climate CoLab winners’ alumni, and be eligible for the $10,000 Grand Prize—to be selected from among the winners across contests.
All award Winners and Finalists will receive wide recognition and platform visibility from MIT Climate CoLab. Climate CoLab or its collaborators may offer additional awards or recognition at their discretion.
Special Notes: Please contact with the donor directly for further clarification and understanding.
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Eligible organization: As below
● Climate CoLab is open to anyone in the world, regardless of age*, nationality, gender identity, cultural identity, or political viewpoint.
Contests, however, are void where prohibited by law. Climate CoLab users bear the responsibility of checking with local laws and regulations, to ensure their participation does not violate any applicable law or ordinance, and to ensure they are eligible to participate.
*If you are under 18 years old, you will need your parent or legal guardian to register on the Climate CoLab website and submit your proposal or your vote for you.
Eligible Country: No Country bar (In Climate CoLab contests, people from all over the world are invited to work together in developing proposals for what humanity should do about global climate change.)
Submission mail: N/A
Other important link:
● Guideline: https://climatecolab.org/wiki/Contest+rules
● About: https://climatecolab.org/page/about
● FAQ: https://climatecolab.org/page/faqs
● Apply: https://climatecolab.org/contests/2017/land-use-agriculture-forestry-waste-management#
How to apply:
● Entries consist of proposals that are created and submitted online in a Climate CoLab contest or workspace, found at http://www.climatecolab.org/contests.
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