Cash Prize For Climate Adaptation Work

Kathmandu,June 12 : Minister of Forests and Environment Shakti Bahadur Basnet handed over the awards to the ten winning organizations. The prize money was given for developing innovative ways to expand community-driven climate change adaptation initiatives to benefit more communities (‘scale out’) and influence local and provincial policies and programs (‘scale up’) in Nepal.

In a recently organized event by a consortium of national and international partners led by UK based IMC Worldwide with the Institute of Development Studies (IDS), Sussex; Integrated Development Society Nepal (IDS-Nepal), Centre for Green Economic Development Nepal (CGED-Nepal), and the South Asia Institute of Advanced Studies (SIAS Nepal),ten International, National, Private and Community based organizations weregiven total cash award of half a million British Pound (710 million Nepalese Rupees). Ten different prizes called Karyanwayan Prize were given for the innovative two year work in the field of climate change adaptation in different parts of Nepal nu INGOs, NGOs, CBOs and Private Company.

More than 130 organizations registered to participate in stage one and two of A@S Prize. Out of them, 27 submitted their final reports on their scaling up and scaling out work in different fields related to the climate change adaptation initiatives to help local vulnerable communities. The reports went through an online judging process, and the best 18 were shortlisted. Thereafter, live presentations were done by those shortlisted organizations in front of panel of four experts, who determined the final winners.

Winning initiatives ranged from new technologies and products such as riverbed water level raising and harvesting, hydraulic ram pumps and weather index insurance, to innovative business models. Those included ecosystem-based commercial agriculture and innovative agro ecosystem-based approaches that integrated adaptation and disaster risk reduction with inclusive forest resources management.

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