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Absorbing Climate Impacts

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Proposal creation

CoLab members create proposals

Nov 20, 2017 EST - Mar 11, 2018 EDT
Semi-Finalist selection
Expert judges select semi-finalists

Mar 11, 2018 EDT - Apr 22, 2018 EDT
Proposal revisions
Semi-finalists can improve their proposals

Apr 22, 2018 EDT - May 6, 2018 EDT
Finalist selection
Expert judges select finalists

May 6, 2018 EDT - Jun 23, 2018 EDT
Voting period
Public Voting Period

Jun 23, 2018 EDT - Jul 16, 2018 EDT
Winners are awarded

Jul 16, 2018 EDT
How can climate risk insurance be linked with other forms of social protection to help vulnerable communities absorb climate impacts?

Developing countries, and particularly the poorest and most vulnerable communities, are disproportionately affected by climate change. Exposure to shocks, such as floods and storms, and stresses such as droughts or changing rainfall patterns, can also affect those who are not poor but remain vulnerable. With the frequency of such events set to rise with climate change, communities’ capacity to absorb climate shocks and stresses represents a key component of climate resilience.


Climate risk insurance and social protection measures can help reduce affected populations’ vulnerability to shocks and stresses. Well-designed climate risk insurance schemes, when applied as part of broader risk management strategies, can act as a buffer for people shortly after an event occurs and protect people from falling (back) into poverty. Social protection, such as cash transfers and retraining, together with a wide range of other programmes aiming to reduce poverty and vulnerability, is increasingly recognised as a tool to help communities to adapt to climate impacts. Social protection can also improve incomes in the long term.


The UN Climate Resilience Initiative and InsuResilience are seeking innovative ideas for linking climate risk insurance with other forms of social protection to further enhance communities’ ability to absorb the impacts of climate change. The contest winner will receive seed funding to implement the proposal (worth 40,000 euros) and mentoring, training and technical assistance (worth 12,000 euros).


64  Proposals

Proposal name

Business leadership's civil society network for sustainable community protectionBandula Weerasinghe

Feb 22, 2018 Team only
Business leadership's civil societies network address own strength & currently spent interventions to sustainable disaster risk reduction

Adapt to Climate Risk: Geo-smart Landscape Management and Germplasm ConservationGlmgc Glmgc and 7 others

Feb 21, 2018 Team only
Developing Model for Adaptations to Climate Change at Indian Sunderbans by Climate-smart Landscape Management Involving Local Community

Agricultural insurances against floods on plantain producing communitiesCIGIR / Miguel Montenegro

Feb 20, 2018 Team only
Modelling an Agricultural Insurance Program against floods of the Southern Maracaibo Lake affecting plantain producer communities.

GreenPhotosynthesisConverts HeaterClimateCarbons->CoolingO2+CoolingLivingCarbonsPhotosyntheticGreenO2CoolsUSInstead

Feb 15, 2018 Team only

Securing Homes from Earthquakes, and Lessening The Effects and Risks from StormsBuild Change

Feb 14, 2018 Team only
SHELTERS centers on exploring a human centered design, homeowner-driven approach to bundling risk prevention and post-disaster payouts

Government-Pastoral partnership to establish climate risk insurance schemeWassie Haile Woldeyohannes

Feb 12, 2018 Team only
Tax being paid by pastorals will be increased by 10 % for climate risk insurance (CRI) and government will waive 20% of this tax to CRI.

Gamification for better decisions on climate changeTeam Sanmati

Feb 11, 2018 Team only
Gamification and virtual simulations can drive better decisions, training, preparedness - and improve how we approach Climate Risk mgmt.

Darwin Project: Geotechnology, micro-insurance & semi-arid for social protectionValden Barbosa

Feb 11, 2018 Team only
Integrated model of geotechnology and micro-insurance for semi-arid communities, vulnerable to climate change.

Open KamaniAlvaro Rubén Hurtado Maldonado and 1 other

Feb 11, 2018 Team only
Andean Farmers still rely on their ancient knowledge to get their crops but Climate Change is causing random losses, IoT and AI can help us.

Blue-Green Revolution Project: Replanting Mangroves, Protecting with InsuranceJimmy Loro

Feb 11, 2018 Team only
Replanting mangroves by cash for work, protected with wind/storm index insurance, and bundled with credit-life Insurance for the planters.

Mangrove conservation through ambiental education applied to the childhoodTlali Bienestar y conservación A.C.

Feb 11, 2018 Team only
Execute a reforestation and education program with the children participation in elementary schools of the Chautengo´s Lagoon, Guerrero.

Waste Premiums for the landless farmers : Ensuring equity & affordabilityAnimesh Prakash

Feb 11, 2018 Team only
Waste Premiums for the landless farmers is an affordable and equitable risk transfer policy model to integrate the most marginalized groups

WIN-WIN-WIN: in-kind assistance, livestock insurance and credit in RwandaBavagnoli, M. and Van 't Wout, T.

Feb 11, 2018 Team only
Feasibility study to link 'Girinka', livestock insurances and credit for vulnerable herders in the drought-prone area of Bugesera, Rwanda.

Achieve SDGs and have social impacts through sustainable toiletsECOLOO Team

Feb 11, 2018 Team only
Through ECOLOO Sustainable Toilet Solution we contribute to solve 4 SDGs directly (no.1,3,6 & 11) & 5 SDGs indirectly (no. 8,9,14,15 & 17)

DiscussionArka Chakraborty

Feb 11, 2018 Team only
It's necessary

New Energy Technology Makes Absorbing Climate Impacts UnnecessaryFred Ball

Feb 11, 2018 Team only
The best insurance is one that won't be needed. Our energy tech design can replace fossil fuel in energy generation and transportation.

Poor slum women investing in resilience through savings cum microinsuranceMahila Housing Sewa Trust Team

Feb 11, 2018 Team only
Tapping women’s habit of saving to manage climate induced risks through innovative chit fund-cum microinsurance scheme.

Improving post disaster decision-making in rural regions of VietnamThanh Nguyen

Feb 11, 2018 Team only
Connecting people help us deal better with cimate change - making disaster less disaster.

Protecting Vulnerable Coastlines of Tanzania and Building Urban Resilience.Ghaamid Hatibu

Feb 11, 2018 Team only
Establishment of Regional Flood Insurance program within the vulnerable coastlines specifically Dar es salaam and Teaching Resilience.

SOLAR for SUSTENANCEEWT Drylands Conservation Programme

Feb 11, 2018 Team only
In addition to electricity, utilising runoff and shaded areas on solar farms in drylands can result in new agricultural opportunities.

Development of A Social Protection Index for Insurance of Tourism Employment.SyMMulate

Feb 10, 2018 Team only
Tourism employs 8% of the world’s people, largely in climate risk exposed countries.We develop a Tourism Livelihood Index for insurance use.

Helping farmers manage risk and recover from crop failure through the BlockchainBITKwacha

Feb 10, 2018 Team only
A mobile phone-based automated crop insurance smart contract that protects farmers against droughts, floods and tropical cyclones.

Extracting maximum value from clean energy assets through the Blockchain and IoTUtilicom Energy Systems

Feb 10, 2018 Team only
A blockchain-based transactive micro-grid system that harnesses affordable, clean and sustainable energy from the sun, wind and the grid.

Climate Information & Insurance Mobile AppOkongo Orlale

Feb 10, 2018 Team only
C.II.M.A makes use of climate information and provides social protection services through a virtual assistant to help vulnerable communities

Leveraging blockchain technology to facilitate gender-sensitive insurancesNikolas Scherer

Feb 10, 2018 Team only
Improving and extending access to social protection through a digital and self-administered social registry

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

Feb 10, 2018 Team only
Coral reefs restoration as social protection and nature-based adaptation to climate change

Feasibility study for the implementation of an Index Insurance in Cote d'IvoireMINSEDD_PNCC

Feb 10, 2018 Team only
Feasibility study for the implementation of an index insurance in the agricultural sector as part of increasing the resilience capacities.

Leaving roots / Dejando raíces - incorporando la tecnología al campoOscar Fernando Camargo

Feb 9, 2018 Team only
La frecuente migración de la población rural a las ciudades, ha generado el abandono del campo en las regiones de Colombia.

Solidarity architecture Cluster / Cluster Arquitetura solidária (CAS)Ângelica Bandeira

Feb 9, 2018 Team only
Credit, insurance, technical assistance and training for communities in areas of natural disasters in Brazil.

Adapting life at risk in urban Caracas communitiesDirección De Sustentabilidad Ambiental

Feb 9, 2018 Team only
Actions to adapt to risks in urban communities vulnerable to increased rainfall caused by climate change

Towards adaptation in Costa Rica. Small farms resilience to climate changeAgroforestry Chorotegan Association

Feb 9, 2018 Team only
Adaptation technologies for agriculture and livestock of rural communities affected by climate change.

DALF - Desalination and Lake FarmingQG Enviro

Feb 9, 2018 Team only
Take water from the sea and make it fresh. Create a basin, and irrigate farms. When droughts occur, water act as a risk insurance.

Transforming vulnerable homes into resilient, safe and intelligent environments.Kezia Damazio

Feb 8, 2018 Team only
What happens if we bring together technology, sustainability and resilience?

Overcoming personal with production of Eco-CosmeticsWillet Román

Feb 8, 2018 Team only
Course of production of ecological cosmetics for the economic improvement of women in a vulnerable state

Innovative Disaster Microinsurance for Small Informal Urban BusinessesRisk Transfer and Insurance

Feb 7, 2018 Team only
Adding a 3rd arm to an ongoing randomized controlled trial of disaster insurance for urban slum informal businesses with social protection

cambio climático aliado: ajustando la producción a la oferta ambiental real.Fundación Guayacanal

Feb 6, 2018 Team only
“Si la vida te da limón haz limonada” Si queremos desarrollar una producción sostenible, debemos partir de con qué recursos contamos.

Integrated Approach to reduce household’s climate vulnerability in Burkina FasoGaline Yanon

Feb 6, 2018 Team only
The overarching AIM is to develop an economic model that will allow households to have access to insurance coverage and climate information

Biogas-waste recycle means: reduction to climate change.Celestin Habineza

Feb 6, 2018 Team only
Using agricultural wastes and sewages to produce biogas can reduce impacts of improper disposal of wastes, burning forests and cutting trees

Technology, input, and insurance relief will absorb climate risk properlyGreen team

Feb 5, 2018 Team only
Low cost protected house and Initial mother seed lot is critical for regain agriculture livelihood after weather impact to rural farmers

Climate risk insurance and preparedness through gamification & social innovationSAADITHYA + SARKAR

Feb 4, 2018 Team only
Platform to drive disaster risk preparedness with chatbots, gamification, incentives, insurance innovation; & bridge multiple stakeholders.

House of sand: Disilt reservours, create sustainable dwelling structuresGreen Building Council of Zimbabwe

Feb 2, 2018 Team only
Sand houses are sustainable in: Energy- sand regulates temperatures,reduced heating and cooling. Water- improve reservour Easy to build

Waste Gardening: Productive LearningMargaret Tadeja-cruz

Feb 1, 2018 Team only
Informing the marginalized why they should act about their environment, what to do, how to do it, and actually do it in a session.

Integrated Climate Change Adaptation Activity Sheets for Learners in Science 5Kim Alvin De Lara

Jan 24, 2018 Team only
Disaster Resilience and Climate Change Literacy to Children Based on Context and Local Condition


Jan 23, 2018 Team only
Portal na Web, que visa a Preservação e Restauração das florestas brasileiras. Em sintonia com os objetivos do Acordo de Paris e 195 países.

Food security, Climate Change Effects,Water Scarcity Nexus in Bugesera DistrictGakwavu Rugigana John

Jan 17, 2018 Team only
The community of Karambi Village r facing climate change effects & don't have access to drinking water while water point is available.

Fuel saving mechanical deviceEcopaa team

Jan 16, 2018 Team only
Our product is functional in conventional vehicles, or in vehicles that work with alternative increasing autonomy in percentages 15 and 30%


Jan 16, 2018 Team only
a través de la concientización de los niños de las escuelas rurales se puede mitigar el cambio climático utilizando estrategias reales

The Impacts of Climate Changes on Agricultural Borne Diseases in SudaneseElshayeb A, Eltaher M, Elfadil A,

Jan 15, 2018 Anyone
A project proposal submitted to study the effects of climate changes on microbial diseases transmitted to human from agriculture in Sudan.

Manejo sostenible de la vegetación con valor etnobotánico en Cajamarca, Perú.Miler Alva Terrones

Jan 14, 2018 Team only
Manejar especies vegetales con valor etnobotánico con el fin de proteger a este recurso y mejorar la calidad de vida de la población rural.

A Household fan with cooling and heating capabilities, a cheap alternative to ACPROJECT SEVA

Jan 8, 2018 Team only
A cheaper way to create micro-climates for the poor and afflicted communities to adapt to harsh climatic changes.

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Jan 1, 2018 Team only
Absorbing Climate Change Impacts in #Uganda| Adaptation Strategy

Adapting to Climate Change in UgandaEric Mubazi

Dec 28, 2017 Team only
Absorbing Climate Change Impacts in #Uganda| Adaptation Strategy

Introducing energy saving and producing houses designs in AfghanistanRelief and Development for People

Dec 23, 2017 Team only
Introduce local economic construction insulation materials, replace wood timbers with plastic and use of clean energy for multi purposes

Inter-Ethical Financing for HumanityHicham Filali Zehri

Dec 18, 2017 Team only
Financial institutions and mostly banks should be involved in world human and social problems including problems related to Climate change.

AgriGO:Using technology to help farmers to fight against climate changeSHIKAMA Dioscore,MUHIRE J.M.V

Dec 13, 2017 Team only
We need to provide to farmers the farming bests practices based on agricultural weather information in form of SMS via their mobile phones

Need for establishing climate risk and resilience insurance companies in AfricaWassie Haile Woldeyohannes

Dec 8, 2017 Team only
Availability of climate risk and resilience companies help to protect vulnerable sectors and societies from climate disasters and risks.

Du biogaz naturel à base de la Jacinthe d'eauCPN-JEVEV Porto-Novo

Dec 5, 2017 Team only
Energie renouvelable à partir du Vert naturel

Compost MagiqueONG JEVEV

Dec 5, 2017 Team only
Innovation sur le compost magique à base de la jacinthe au Bénin

Paying Forward: Climate ResponsibilityThe Responsible Ones

Dec 4, 2017 Team only
It is no secret that large and multi-national corporations are responsible for exacerbating climate circumstances. Share the burden.

Adopting Poor Nations. Colonization; Twenty First CenturySherman Braithwaite

Dec 3, 2017 Team only
I can imagine it may be an issue of how to go about fixing bad things when they happen. "Absorbing climate impacts".

Establish a legal precedence in the UNJeffrey Wallk

Nov 29, 2017 Team only
Have the UN establish a legal precedence for risk models around climate impact and develop case law against countries who violate laws.

Social Protection for Farmers and FisherfolksAlfredo Coro

Nov 29, 2017 Team only
Convergence of various government social protection mechanisms by making risk / adaptation affordable and accessible for the poor.

Climate Connection Areas - CCAOsmar Filho

Nov 28, 2017 Team only
CCA (Climate Connection Areas) are city areas where private and public companies, civil society and governments create sustainable projects

Adapting the Indigenous approach to Climate Change Adaptation and MitigationPeople_Centered CC policies

Nov 28, 2017 Team only
Major constraints to achieving CC SDGs is the wide disconnect btw policies and practice not taking the affected into planning. #WithUSnot4US