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Rural resilience 2015

Proposal creation

CoLab members create proposals

Mar 6, 2015 EST - Jun 13, 2015 EDT
Semi-Finalist selection
Expert judges select semi-finalists

Jun 14, 2015 EDT - Jun 30, 2015 EDT
Proposal revisions
Semi-finalists can improve their proposals

Jul 1, 2015 EDT - Jul 14, 2015 EDT
Finalist selection
Expert judges select finalists

Jul 15, 2015 EDT - Aug 2, 2015 EDT
Voting Period
Public Voting Period

Aug 3, 2015 EDT - Sep 12, 2015 EDT
Winners are awarded

Sep 13, 2015 EDT
What actions can rural communities take to increase their resilience to climate change?

Rural communities face greater vulnerability to the effects of climate change than do their urban counterparts (Lal, Alavalapati, and Mercer 2011).  Rural residents are generally older and in poorer health, and dependent on farming for their livelihoods, which is a sector highly vulnerable to climate change. With rural mean household incomes lower than those in urban settings, income-earning skill sets are generally more limited and dependence on government subsidies is greater.

The University of Cincinnati (USA), the Beijing Jiaotong University (China), and the Clinton County Regional Planning of Ohio (USA) seek project proposals, projects, or studies that explicitly address climate change adaptation and resilience development for rural areas. Since rural areas historically have been left out in developing governance, planning strategies, and development models, we seek proposals that enhance rural and regional resilience to climate change through any of the following approaches: governance strategies, diversity development, organizational connectivity, economic linkages, and ecologically sustainable practices.


19  Proposals

Proposal nameAuthor(s)

Swami Vivekananda Fruit-Trees Expansion Mission for Rural ResilienceHemant Wagh

Collect fruit seeds with students help grow fruit trees everywhere, distribute fruits free, with request to save seeds & use next year.

A Redesigned Urban Approach to Rural Water SupplyProWater

Let us build a decentralized, cost-effective and eco-friendly rural water supply system for developing countries like Bangladesh.

Rural: Chemosynthetic Management of the Water/Energy/Nutrient Nexus (WENN)CO2 Negative/RCP 2.6

Chemosynthetic production of biomass can provide carbon negative fuel, clean water and nutrient management to even small/poor communities.

Growing LifeBiomimicry Alliance

Growing our rural communities strengths is key to adapting to and responding to climate change.

Sustainable habitat assessment planning evaluation Design: Defining criteria for developmentDeepika Shetty

SHAPED uses context, people to identify and map the potential of existing and possibilities for future integrating sustainable aspects with people’s aspirations.

Biogas energy to mitigate climate changeManvendra

Building Community Resilience towards Climate change by use of biogas in Indian Himalayas


Maasai Pastrolist Cattle Slaughterhouse fights climate change in rural kenya- kajiado county

enhancing smallholder farming through water capture and community networkingDonald Chidembo

shifting the focus of Zimbabwean smallholder farming from subsistence to cash cropping and providing a platform for productmarketing

Slow the FlowSteve Dunn

In dry places with extreme downpours such as CA and the Southwest, slow the flow of water by upstream spreading and expandable bladders.

Implement rural community sensitization to protect forest & biodiversityRichard Bachunguye

Contribute to sustainable process of conservation and protection of natura flora and fauna. fight against poverty in the the Itombwe forest

Innovative approaches toward Climate information communicationDagmawi Abegaz

Climate information communication is crucial to understand climate as a major influence, to recognize risks and to take informed responses

Affordable Rural Finance for Rural ResilienceDumisani Chirambo

Without rural finance, mitigation and adaptation is futile. Rural resilience starts with developing innovative financing mechanisms.


Improve the understanding of climate science, adaptation, mitigation, energy efficiency and natural resource management & conservation.