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Two years ago, MIT Climate CoLab and the UN Secretary-General’s Climate Resilience Initiative: Anticipate, Absorb, Reshape (A2R), announced that they will collaborate to launch a series of global, online contests to help strengthen the resilience of vulnerable countries to respond to climate-related hazards. The first installment of this series of contests, Anticipating Climate Hazards, ended this past year with two innovative proposals named as Judges’ Choice and Popular Choice Winners.
We’re very excited to announce the launch of the second contest in the series, Absorbing Climate Impacts, which is also run in partnership with InsuResilience — a global partnership that seeks to increase insurance coverage to protect people against the adverse impacts of extreme weather events.
The new contest focuses on a fundamental aspect of climate resilience: it seeks proposals that suggest ways that climate risk insurance can be linked with other forms of social protection to help vulnerable communities absorb climate impacts. Developing countries, and particularly the poorest and most vulnerable communities, are disproportionately affected by climate change. Exposure to environmental stressors caused by climate change worsens conditions for these communities. With the rise of these events, it is now more important than ever for vulnerable communities to increase their climate resilience.
The UN Climate Resilience Initiative A2R and InsuResilience will provide the Judges’ Choice Winner with seed funding for implementation of the proposal (worth 40,000 euros) and mentoring, training and technical assistance (worth 12,000 euros). For more information on prizes, please see contest “details” page.