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Anticipating Climate Hazards 2017

Proposal creation

CoLab members create proposals

Sep 22, 2016 EDT - Feb 10, 2017 EST
Semi-Finalist selection
Expert judges select semi-finalists

Feb 10, 2017 EST - Mar 28, 2017 EDT
Proposal revisions
Semi-finalists can improve their proposals

Mar 28, 2017 EDT - Apr 18, 2017 EDT
Finalist selection
Expert judges select finalists

Apr 18, 2017 EDT - Jun 1, 2017 EDT
Voting Period
Public Voting Period

Jun 1, 2017 EDT - Jun 29, 2017 EDT
Winners are awarded

Jul 17, 2017 EDT
How can vulnerable communities best prepare for climate-related hazards, and what new tools can be used to incentivize early action?

In collaboration with the UN Secretary-General’s Climate Resilience Initiative: Anticipate, Absorb, Reshape (A2R), this contest invites solutions on how the world should prepare and respond to climate extremes and climate hazards. A2R is a global, multi-stakeholder initiative, launched in November 2015 to accelerate action on the ground to enhance climate resilience for the most vulnerable countries and people by 2020. 

Building resilience and capacity to understand and effectively respond to climate extremes and climate-induced disasters is necessary to adapt to climate change. A first step is to increase the ability to adequately anticipate and respond to climate hazards and extremes. There are many actors working on building climate resilience, including national governments, UN agencies and other international organizations, local authorities, researchers, the private sector, and civil society, among others. Many of these actions must be scaled-up, reinforcing synergies and reducing overlaps, while ensuring that together, these different actions are having the positive impacts needed. 

We are calling for a wide range of innovative and practical solutions – on the local, national and international levels – that can help strengthen early action in vulnerable communities around the world.


94  Proposals

Proposal nameAuthor(s)

Resiliency in Face of Anticipated Droughts Is Provided by Desalination HopscotchTeam_ISI

Desalination Hopscotch transports clean water to an aquifer near you. Aquifers provide resiliency against scarcity in times of drought.

Document Identification and Protection in Anticipating and Absorbing Flood RisksCraig Kelley and 1 other

Individual and community resiliency improves with post-disaster access to crucial documents, which this program will identify and safeguard.

AAAA: Assess, Absorb, Adapt, AmeliorateMuhammad Saeed

This proposal suggests strategies/solutions to assess, absorb, adapt, and ameliorate the effects of climate change on Pakistan agriculture.

A Malthusian Approach to Resource Conservation and Environmental ProtectionAlex Ruth

What if society could calculate optimal population sizes in order to limit resource depletion and environmental degredation?

Troubled Waters: a crowdsourcing game created to improve water resources.Portia Brockway

Troubled Waters is a crowdsourcing game aimed at developing methods for alleviating wide-ranging severe water stress now and in the future.

Cover up, it is particulately dirty outside!Smart Fresh Inhale

Particulate matter deteriorates air quality in many ways. We have a smart solution to fight it.

Liaising with the main state-owned development banks in BrazilAgatha Mattos

Instead of leveraging hundreds of water utilities, liaise with the main state-owned development banks.

“An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” – Benjamin Franklin.Jack Walden

“An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” – Benjamin Franklin.

Community Livelihood Alternatives (CLA) for Coastal Communities in NigeriaFuture Green

Alternative livelihoods and income opportunities can reduce coastal communities' dependence on mangrove ecosystem thereby mitigate floods

Adapt now with CLIVE (CoastaL Impacts Visualization Environment)C2C team

CLIVE allows decision-makers to visualize in 3D the impacts of sea-level rise and storm surge water levels at local community scales

Swami Vivekananda Fruit-Trees Expansion Mission for environment, peace, healthHemant Wagh

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

Save & Sow: The Seeds of Growth !Hemant Wagh

Save & Store the Seeds of Forest Plants: Spread/Sow at Proper Time and Place !

Cassava-nol for Clean CookingGreen Africa

We propose cassava-nol to tackle the massive deforestation, and build community resilience to increasing droughts, floods and degradation.


Monitoring phytoplankton, protecting bioluminescence & awareness of toxic algae bloom in a network of coastal communities

Urban Cooling System Through River Rescue. An alternative to prevent OverheatingUCS Alejandro Montan

U.C.S. is a new urban alternative for rescue and manage rivers and enhance his potentials to help and prevent Climate Change Effects

Millets and sorghum potential to improve lives of the vulnerable communitiesFrancis Eddu

One of the most serious implications of climate change is the intensity and frequency of extreme events on the agricultural production.

Risk reduction WWT technology after Climate-related EventsCarla Laucevicius

Diseases after climate-related events are associated to safe water and sanitation availability. WWT technology is an outstanding solution.

Synthesis & characterization of herbal nanoparticles for wastewater handling.Dr Naheed Akhter

Develop a novel approach for green synthesis of nanoparticles using herbal extracts for treatment & remediation of waste & drinking water.

Toxicity ameliorative potential of different species of microalgae on wastewaterDr. Shagufta Kamal

Biodegradation of wastewater to be safely use for irrigation of plants & its influence on their performance & characterization of telomerase

Solar Mobility ActJPods

Laws favor oil/coal fired transport/utilities. Solar Mobility Act restores free markets, allowing cleaner, faster, safer, cheaper networks.

The rain in Namibia. A complete spatio-temporal analysis.NamRain

Adquire a deep knowledge of spatio-temporal rainfalls distribution in Namibia to optimize water resources and set droughts emergency plans.


Water Footprint, Carbon Footprint, Climate Change, Ethanol,Sustainibility, Sugarcane, Environment, GHGs, CO2

smsTim Guldentops

Using the wide spread tech called "sms" to be used as an emergency info beacon/comm tool.

RESPRO Project (Restoring Nature, Protecting People)Climate Change Center (c3)

RESPRO Project (Restoring Nature, Protecting People) - Coral reefs restoration as nature-based adaptation to climate change

Open source Climate Design solutionsChad Balauro

Stories provoke curiosity and discussion. When Climate design solutions is open, a more resilient communities.

Pact basic incomeChad Balauro

On time of disasters cause by climate hazards no one can save you but yourselves.

Internet Equality for Climate ChangeMartin Rojas

Rural internet access regarding citizen’s science in the service of climate change adaptation and mitigation.


The green power mission of INDIA envisages Low Carbon Technologies (LCT) and Carbon Capture and Sequerastration (CCS)

Synthesis & characterization of herbal nanoparticles for wastewater handling.Dr Naheed Akhter

Develop a novel approach for green synthesis of nanoparticles using herbal extracts for treatment & remediation of waste & drinking water.

Reduce Urban Exposure means Reduce Natural Risks: new city management solutionsElisabetta Maria Venco and 2 others

Advanced urban strategies to reduce urban exposure with functional replacement, improving citizens’ involvement and private owners’ actions

Bioremediation of Industrial Waste & its impact on different varieties of TomatoDr. Shumaila Kiran

Industrial effluents being polluted in nature need proper management before disposing off, as it may save our economical crops & hence life

Integrated coastal zone management for building resilience in MexicoEvelia Rivera-arriaga

High risk & vulnerability for coastal communities and economic activities facing climate change require an ICZM approach to build resilience

Human Nature, With Help, Will Solve The ProblemWarwick Willcoxson

Social engineering will create the economic stimulus to modify behavior and affect workable solutions.

Control alt Delete the problem before it even starts!Control alt Delete

Anticipate a climate hazard (heat wave) and stop it before it can even get started with an invisible, REMOVABLE, unbound screen in space!

Project and methodology for the plan for anticipating climate hazardsmugiwara

There is a fault of strategic analysis and coordination for this and similar projects, specially gobal warming still don't have a plan.

eMentorship for Local Social EntrepreneursHope4Change1

Providing electronic Mentorship support to social entrepreneurs on how they can start and grow environmentally friendly business initiatives

sharing information and training people on clean energy in form of briquettesCHANELIVESNOWAFRICA

Using the briquettes environmentlly friendly technology to substitute charcaol that leads to defforestation hence reducing global warming

Mini Elevated GREEN TRAINS - preparing for flooded subways in coastal citiesEmil Jacob and 1 other

MINI ELEVATED GREEN-POWERED TRAINS - reducing vulnerablity of public transit to flooding & a comprehensive solution to urban mobility.

Incentivizing Preparedness Investment: A Contesttrialballoon

A contest for most effective preparedness investment

Environment - Resource Use (ENVE-RU) IndexENVE-RU

Development of An Index to Measure the Trade-off between Environment (ENVE) and Resource Utilization (RU)

Institutionalizing Community Solutions in Mainstreaming Disaster Risk ReductionRiedo Panaligan

There's no universal formula. The

Agromet Based Early Warning System for Cotton-Wheat in Punjab-PakistanDr Wajid Nasim Jatoi

Agromet Based Early Warning System for Cotton-Wheat in Punjab-Pakistan

Save Envronment #SDGs Stop polluting cities by cars,Use GPS electric capsuleSuresh Kumar

La educación en riesgo es menos costosa que los dañosMiguel Zapata

Escuela lúdica de formación para la resilencia dirigido de adolescentes para niños de 8 a 11 años que incluye aulas virtuales y parque


This proposal intends to preserve rivers through the collaborated efforts of engineers, politicians and local stakeholders.

Transforming minds with a defined vision of response to climate changeUMAG

Municipalities of Oruro with preventive vision, plan and elaborate their Action Plan with resilience to climate change and early warning

​​solutions for adaptation to precipitation patterns changes(droughts/floods)Chahbani

solutions to anticipate and respond to climate extremes(floods/droughts)by saving irrigation water and water underground water storage

PRECIsE - Predicted Effects of Climate change on Society in Dryland AreasCarlos G. F. Costa

PRECIsE seeks to contribute to debates on the impacts of the use of Big Data on Climate Research addressing the SDGs.


As a student in environmental management it falls upon me to provide solutions to the stinking problem of environmental degradation.

Who We Are As Innovators . .Johnnie-Buttram

An innovator has the skills to expand parameters and the resilience to cope and move forward when confronted with what others term failure.

Intensive Phytoremediation at River banks to diminish pollution on water bodiesraulc77

Assessment and Mitigation of Environmental Impacts of Brick Kilns in PakistanDr.Shah & Dr.Irfan

Impacts of Brick Kilns on Natural and Social Environment creating Climate change and its Mitigation measures in Pakistan

Problematic Marine Protected Area, Coastal Zone AfforestationMark Guel Lacanilao

Dilemma changes in coastal zone due to climate change phenomenon drastically affect the marine resources and stakeholders of the community.

Stay-Green Plants against High TemperaturesMuhammad Amjad Ali

Zoning of agricultural productive ability and determination of risk indexFUDESEM-ANDINO

Agricultural producers in the central high plateau of Bolivia sow according to the type of soil, preventing risk indexes

How to Reduce plastics from plastic dependent humanity.Zama Mahmood

Almost 30 to 40 year ago in pakistan People use to carry their own bags to market made of cloth or organic material like date tree skin.

Linking Climate Information to Livelihood Strategies through ICTsAlmaz Yohannis

Empowering the rural women by linking climate information to livelihood strategies through Information Communication Technologies

A2R via Oceanic Resources Conservation/Adaptation (ORCA) Sea Farming CommunitiesORCA

A marine centric multidisplinary approach to anticipating climate change induced hazards, absorbing shocks, and reshaping development.

One Day One Tree: An Endless Mission to Protect The Future GenerationsShailesh Dhyani

Tomorrow never comes..... Let us plant one tree today to seek blessings of mother earth for our future generations....

School discipline dedicated to environmental education and sustainable.Gamboa

Development of school discipline dedicated to environmental education based on the concept of sustainability.

Environmental Protection and Economic AugmentationBenjamin Upao

What if young students today could have a free social security pensions for free tomorrow by planting trees?

More photovoltaic panels - less sunlight on the ground - less Earthfind the formula

Look at everything as waves. Create waves locally to mitigate weather globallyDeivis Bluznevi?ius

Every item in a building has come from direction and creates a whirlpool. When the extreme weather aproaches create oposite whirlpool.

Climate hazard due to contamination of water by heavy metals by any disaster.Shailendra K Mistry

Asthe globalconcept is of low carbon and sustainablity in future solid state reactors may come into existance there may be a disaster

The Future with Little or no harm form the enviromentBetter climate

Taggling climate change now. implementation of strategies to bring about a better enviromental contions

Saving Now For Future SeasonsJoseph Chepsoi

Turning Waste into ProteinGraham Knight

Millions of people in developing countries lack protein. Organic waste can be turned into high grade animal feed with BS fly larvae.

End Global Warming & Climate Change NowClifford Thompson

Remove all CO2 added to the air since the Industrial Revolution, in 1-10 years using a forest of synthetic trees

Energy Conversion System for Ocean WavesRohan Patel

Harvesting Wave energy with very slimpler mechanism yet low cost design=Practical for real world.

Center for Citizens Climate ActionUnited For Progress

What is great for big business is not for everyone. We will work to educate, equip and mobilize the general public to act on Climate Change.

Atheists, LGBTQ &; Minority Support / Exxon Mobile Stocks Give-Away Site + APPGreen-Diversity

Questions: What will you do IF Tomorrow when nearly your entire City begins to flood, or gets destroyed by Storms?

Building resilience to storms, coastal erosion in Cu Lao Cham - Hoi An, VietnamAn Thinh Nguyen

AirBilly BAG.Khalid Dadah

It’s in the Bag! A Simple, Energy Saving Cooking Idea.

UN Oceanic Resources Conservation and Adaptation Platforms (O.R.C.A. Cities)ORCA

The marine space offers the least complex starting point for addressing A2R needs for effective-profitable-intergrated socioeco solutions.

UN/EU: Marine Hyperloops for Humanity, the Environment, and ProfitsiWENN

Hyperloops for Humanity, the Environment, and Profits: A Mediterranean Marine Hyperloop/Refugee/Environmental Collaborative Proposal