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Land Use: Agriculture, Forestry, Livestock 2016

Proposal creation

CoLab members create proposals

Jan 15, 2016 EST - May 23, 2016 EDT
Semi-Finalist selection
Expert judges select semi-finalists

May 23, 2016 EDT - Jun 7, 2016 EDT
Proposal revisions
Semi-finalists can improve their proposals

Jun 7, 2016 EDT - Jun 15, 2016 EDT
Finalist selection
Expert judges select finalists

Jun 16, 2016 EDT - Jul 5, 2016 EDT
Voting Period
Public Voting Period

Jul 5, 2016 EDT - Jul 31, 2016 EDT
Winners are awarded

Aug 1, 2016 EDT
How can we scale-up sustainable landscape management to significantly reduce GHG emissions while ensuring food, water, and energy security?

At present, agriculture, livestock and deforestation are responsible for 20-30% of net anthropogenic greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. Opportunities exist, however, for improved land use to reduce and/or sequester significant amounts of GHGs from the atmosphere while creating more resilient landscapes that increase food security, water availability, energy supply, and human well-being. This contest seeks proposals for sustainable land management that can be rapidly implemented and brought to scale. Proposals that explicitly address national (e.g. Intended Nationally Determined Contributions or National Adaptation Plans) and/or sub-national (e.g. Rio Branco Declaration) strategies to address the challenges of climate change, and that are aimed at helping countries, states, and communities implement those strategies are encouraged.   


60  Proposals

Proposal nameAuthor(s)

Food Waste from Community/ Wedding Halls in India for Biogas production.Bhagyashree Zinzarde

During the marriage ceremony in India a lot of food is wasted. This food can be used to supply energy for the locality.

From Organic to Climate-Friendly and Other StrategiesNatural Herbicides

Natural herbicides, climate eco-labeling, urban gardening initiatives, education programs, and CAFO restrictions can combat climate change.

Alert Today Alive Tomorrow- A Sustainable Way for Brining Wild Edible Plants Potential to LifeSavita Borse

The Boundaries Tree Corridor AgroFarming:A Holistic Method to Farm ForestryDickson

Every piece of land is in use either converted from forest into multi-uses.Boundaries tree corridor can raise farm forest vs climate change

Engaging Rural Communities, Open Source Ecosystems for GHG Reduction in TanzaniaRural communities

Disentangling the emission myth in Developing Countries: Rural communities and Open Source Ecosystems for GHG Emission Reduction

KEYS, Balanced GHG / Sustainable Land Resources, agriculture/livestock/forestryagrosustentable

Ecological / Economic KEYS to GHG balance, quick scale productivity, resilience, food security, water availability, energy supply and income


Urgent need to save our environment by reducing harmful pests with no pesticides but just biologically and physically by diodes.

Using Human Centered Design to Create Biogas Systems in Rural RwandaGeorgia Tech Design

How can we use human centered design thinking to create energy security and bridge community between Rwandan farmers?

Evaluate ecosystem services adapting to climate change to meet the SDGs.Loraiza Davies

Social ecological systems approach to landscape planning: identify eco-services, action to enhance their functionality and meet the SDGs.


NTFPs may provide bases to adapt climate change in midhills of Nepal.

Baynespruit Rehabilitation ProjectAbulele Qulu

Project aims to rehabilitate ecological infrastructure of the Baynespruit stream to improve water quality,agricultural lands,food security

big data can stop deforestation and habitat loss due to illegal loggingCatenaut

its all about the data: GPS the logging, Satellite imagery of forests, Government reports of the actors, and math to put it all together.

Organic Rehabilitation, Maintenance & Conservation Farms.Okongo Orlale

Sustainable Solutions to improving access to clean energy, safe drinking water & adequate food while reducing GHG emissions in communities

Less deforesting Slash and burn AgricultureNoah Herland

Increase the number of years of harvest in a slash and burned parcel by promoting rotation and native trees planting as fallow's enrichment

Facilitating Smallholder Tree Farming for Better Land Management in the TropicsSyed Rahman

By converting to agroforestry, farmers could reap major economic, social and environmental benefits.


Potential of private-government partnership for GHG emission reductionWassie Haile Woldeyohannes

Private Investors Can Contribute to GHG Emission Reduction through Rehabilitating Degraded lands While Making Profit.

Climate Change Impacts on Natural Springs, Livelihoods and Adaptation OptionsDr. Abu Syed

Climate Change Impacts on Natural Springs, Livelihoods and Adaptation Options

Climate Change Impacts on Natural Springs, Livelihoods and Adaptation OptionsDr. Abu Syed

Climate Change Impacts on Natural Springs, Livelihoods and Adaptation Options

Policy That Will Incentivize Sustainable Agriculture: Vertical FarmingCarley Petrone

Creating policy to incentivize alternatives in agriculutre industry, specifically, vertical farming.

Using Ecosystem based Adaptaion (EbA) to Enhance Socio-Ecological ResilienceMuleba Nshimbi

Maintaining healthy ecosystems is a crucial step for sustainable development, mitigation and adaptation to global climate change.

A global map monitoring activity in agriculture in real timeDeivis Bluznevi?ius

Plants have their lifecycle. They influence weather on the planet. Create software which tells farmers what action to perform at their field

Biofuels, a sustainability strategyAnyone

My idea joins social equality, GHG reduction, energy, water and food security and reduced deforestation.

The same...but done right.Anyone

My idea joins social equality, GHG reduction, energy, water and food security and reduced deforestation.

Reduced deforestation and Improved Food SecurityCarbon Green Africa

Reduce deforestation and land degradation and improving food security and rural livelihoods through community based projects for the long term to mitigate climate change.

Climate-Smart AgricultureNaresh Bhatt

CSA a way to achieve short-and-long-term agricultural development priorities in the face of climate change.

combating the climatic changes with biogas fuelFlavia Nakasagga

The NEMA, 2012 report revealed that at with a rate of deforestation at 13%, Uganda will not be having trees by 2050 if no intervention.

Transforming Deserts into Fertile Farmland using Liquid NanoClay.Desertcontrol

Sandy Deserts treated with Liquid NanoClay (LNC), retains water and fertilizer, resulting in the same yield as in good USA farm soil.

IWM for participatory and climate smart catchment managementStefan Thiemann

Integrated Watershed Management to be implemented at local level is the best option for climate smart catchment management

Convert Methane From Farm Waste To Electricity via Bloom Energy Fuel CellsEco Inventions

Convert the Methane From Farm Waste To Electricity via 100% Emission Free, Bloom Energy Fuel Cells

development of biomass pellet from organic and inorganic waste in NepalAnish Dahal

Vetiver systems for carbon sequestration and livelihood supportPrakasa Rao

Vetiver sequesters high quanities of CO2 and the same time provides economic returns to farmers; advantage for environment and livelihoods.

100% Renewable Energy by 2050 + Absorbent Growing Watersheds to Absorb Carbon100%Renew+CAbsorbant

Levels of carbon CO2 & Cxyz in air drive climate change/heating/chaos & need 100% Renewable Energy+AbsorptiveWatersheds/Tools lower C levels

Bamboo for Land UseMartin Kailie and 1 other

Bamboo grows well on slopes, degraded areas, reclaimed lands, riversides and other marginal lands that cannot otherwise be used for farming.


Landscape harvesting of water is the solution for water shortage in Kenya and Horn of Africa.

GHG mitigation from rice rotated cropping system in ChinaHan Chen

Shallow flooding and optimal N applications could lead to 34.3% reduction of GHG emissions (CH4, N2O, and CO2) on a national scale.

The Climate Change Solution For World PeaceBobby Ticer

If all nations printed extra money for the World Bank to address climate change, it could create investment opportunity for our environment.