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Jesper Agrelius

Mar 19, 2016


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Dear Naresh Bhatt,

Thank you for submitting your proposal to Climate CoLab Adaptation Contest.

I like your idea of community-based climate adaptation actions. As you highlighted in your proposal, there are several ways to use a community-based approach towards adaptation and you clearly show the benefits of such approach. As the proposal looks now it lacks a bit of novelty since several questions remained unanswered in the proposal. It is also a bit hard to understand the potential impact of your proposal because it is not clear what or where this 'community' is. 

I recommend you to "streamline" your proposal towards one or several of the key factors highlighted in the contest overview. You have outlined what actions you propose and also written several key benefits in your proposal. I recommend you to also try to add some paragraphs in these sections:

  • Who will take these actions?
  • Where will these actions be taken?
  • What are the proposal's cost?

The questions of who and where are extra important in the context of community-based adaptation strategies, because these strategies are "situated" in the community itself. In your proposal you use some case studies of community-based incentives: in what way can that knowledge be extrapolated for use in your proposal? 

I also recommend you to have a look on the judging criteria for the contest:

"Judges will be asked to evaluate proposals on the following criteria: feasibility, novelty, impact and presentation quality. Winning proposals will be especially strong in at least one of the first three dimensions, and also well presented."

I recommend you to try to clearly highlight the feasibility, novelty and potential impact of your proposal.

I think the Resources available on Climate CoLab Adaptation Contest can guide you further in your work.

We look forward to see the development of your ideas on this platform.

Best wishes,




Natalie Unterstell

Apr 3, 2016


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Thank you for this very important proposal.

The actions proposed are very interesting from a conceptual point of view. However, more details on your strategy and action plan seem necessary.

Community-based adaptation is very site-specific. Thus, it would be interesting if you could detail your proposed interventions.

Petra Pocanic

Apr 28, 2016


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Dear Naresh,

thank you for submitting your proposal. 
Community Based Adaptation is very important for local resilience and you gave a good overview of the opportunities. However, the proposal is not yet offering a specific product/service/process or all of the mentioned.

I'll add a short comment since the previous have already suggested on how to proceed and how to structure the proposal in a better way. Try to move from the analysis level to the action level. In the ideation phase it could be of help to think about a specific pilot location/city/community. In that way you'll have something tangible and will be easier to think about the actions and possible scenarios.
Try to think more specifically what could be the role of your idea.

Good luck,


Natalie Unterstell

May 7, 2016


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Dear Naresh,

Thanks for your proposal. It is not clear, as already mentioned by colleagues above, what is the concrete action you are seeking to build. Is it a particular methodology? Is it a type of facilitation? What would you be improving from existing practices? 



Jim Wright

May 17, 2016


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I have taken the liberty of linking my proposal "A tool for the aggregation and distribution of data for land use optimisation" to yours, as I think that it might offer some features that would quiet some of the doubts expressed in previous comments. My proposal is for a database dividing the entire earth into relatively small areas, identified by GPS co-ordinates. Information about each area (which I have called a BEU or Basic Earth Unit) can be donated to the system (in other linked tables) or can be referenced in other databases. There will also be a discussion web site.

All of these features should allow communities anywhere in the world who have similar land usages (possibly with problems) to share knowledge, resources and experience with other communities. I hope my action is helpful


Jim W (aka jimthegeordie)

Rita Marteleira

May 17, 2016


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Dear proposal author(s)

Thank you again for submitting your proposal to the adaptation contest.

Just a friendly reminder: you only have 6 days left to update and improve your proposal before the contest closure on May 23rd! 

Keep up the good work and let us know if you have any queries!

Best wishes,

Rita Marteleira

Adaptation Contest Fellow

Patrick Ray

May 23, 2016


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Last day to make refinements to you proposal. Looking forward to seeing the final version.

A question - in both case studies you mention, the local expertise was augmented by the presence of very large international actors. Should we take that as a standard practice, or is there some way to empower the local people directly? Conversely, should we think in terms of a need for standard practices for NGOs engaging in climate adaptation efforts worldwide? If so, what adjustments are needed to the philosophy of such NGOs operating worldwide now?

Sergio Pena

May 23, 2016


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Dear Participant, has you considered "traditional knowledge" on this subject. You have to consider that in many cases people (farmers, indigenous people) in many cases know about change of the climate and their consecuences, El Niño and La Niña are examples and the same for the Hebolla and other diseases. Cheers.