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Anticipating Climate Change in the Pamir Mountains 2015

Proposal creation

CoLab members create proposals

Mar 6, 2015 EST - May 16, 2015 EDT
Semi-Finalist selection
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May 18, 2015 EDT - May 29, 2015 EDT
Proposal revisions
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Jun 1, 2015 EDT - Jun 18, 2015 EDT
Finalist selection
Expert judges select finalists

Jun 19, 2015 EDT - Jul 1, 2015 EDT
Finalists Announced
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Jul 2, 2015 EDT - Aug 3, 2015 EDT
Voting
Public Voting Period

Aug 3, 2015 EDT - Sep 12, 2015 EDT
Completed
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Sep 13, 2015 EDT
How can traditional ecological calendars used to guide agricultural activity link to climate science so as to anticipate climate change in the Pamir Mountains?

In the Pamir Mountains, which span the border between Afghanistan and Tajikistan, small-scale farmers and herders are key food producers. Traditionally, they have used calendars based on historical climate cues, such as first budding of a plant or the last day of snow cover, to anticipate weather patterns and coordinate planting and harvesting with seasonal cycles. These ecological calendars vary from valley to valley because they are well-tuned to small-scale elevation and geographic differences. As a result of colonialism and conflict throughout the twentieth century, ecological calendars fell out of use.

The goal of this contest is to find ways to use both traditional and scientific knowledge to adapt the calendars and anticipate the effects of climate change. Relevant data can include, but are not limited to: satellite data, snow and ice observations, historical records, climate model output, stories, and local observations. The climate events that Pamiris need to prepare for have a wide range of time frames and may relate to: changes in the mean climate (long-term adaptation), year-to-year variability (short-term adaptation), and extreme events (response to individual events such as flooding, late spring freezes, droughts).

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16  Proposals

Proposal nameAuthor(s)

Solar Man: gateway to climate servicesCoClimate

Invoke agricultural foresight using cultural consensus, symbolic tools, and POV stories to link local insights w/downscaled climate trends.

Climate co-knowledge generation between communities, ag services and PPCRStaplets

Climate co-knowledge generation between communities, ag services and Tajik Pilot Programme on Climate Resilience

From desert to Green Gold in 5 yearsBlueGreen2020

"It's possible to rehabilitate large-scale damaged ecosystems under 5 years."

Global Serious Errors of Design and Environmental , Green Standard of the WorldHuynh Phu Dat

Version 2.0. Message to all competitors & readers . DEAR JUDGES, PEOPLE NEED 2 KNOW THIS ISSUE

Crowdsourcing via SMS serviceunited-forests

A SMS service for Farmers that connects and informs them about natural events and seasonal cycles, that gives their calendar a meaning

Possible partners: Centro Internacional de Agricultura TropicalKim P

Reach out to Centro Internacional de Agricultura Tropical

Game to promote/teach body calendarsTeam Play

What if we taught body calendars via a board or video game? The game would challenge people to plant and harvest at the right times.

Game to promote/teach body calendarsTeam Play

What if we taught body calendars via a board or video game? The game would challenge people to plant and harvest at the right times.