Since there are no currently active contests, we have switched Climate CoLab to read-only mode.
Learn more at
Skip navigation
Contest Image

Absorbing Climate Impacts 2018

VIEW Proposals
Proposal creation

CoLab members create proposals

Nov 20, 2017 12:00 EST - Mar 11, 2018 08:00 EDT
Semi-Finalist selection
Expert judges select semi-finalists

Mar 11, 2018 08:00 EDT - May 4, 2018 06:00 EDT
Proposal revisions
Semi-finalists can improve their proposals

May 4, 2018 06:00 EDT - May 13, 2018 06:00 EDT
Finalist selection
Expert judges select finalists

May 13, 2018 06:00 EDT - Jul 8, 2018 06:00 EDT
Voting period
Public Voting Period

Jul 8, 2018 06:00 EDT - Jul 31, 2018 11:00 EDT
Winners are awarded

Jul 31, 2018 11:00 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).

71 Proposals
Enhancing climate resilience of rice famers by coupling crop insurance to value chain development and climate change adaptation
Tapping women’s habit of saving to manage climate induced risks through innovative chit fund-cum microinsurance scheme.
Tourism employs 8% of the world’s people, largely in climate risk exposed countries.We develop a Tourism Livelihood Index for insurance use.
Feasibility study to link 'Girinka', livestock insurances and credit for vulnerable herders in the drought-prone area of Bugesera, Rwanda.
Platform to drive disaster risk preparedness with chatbots, gamification, incentives, insurance innovation; & bridge multiple stakeholders.
Improving and extending access to social protection through a digital and self-administered information system
Feasibility study for the implementation of an index insurance in the agricultural sector as part of increasing the resilience capacities.
SHELTERS centers on exploring a human centered design, homeowner-driven approach to bundling risk prevention and post-disaster payouts
Increasing annual tax by farmers & pastorals (FAPAs) by 10% & GOV waives 20% of tax to CRI/FAPAs can be insured through in kind contribution
Adding a 3rd arm to an ongoing randomized controlled trial of disaster insurance for urban slum informal businesses with social protection
Index-based livestock insurance (IBLI) at the macro and meso levels to mitigate drought risks to Sudanese pastoralists
A Community research center for the conservation of local crop genetic resources as a climate risk insurance at Atoyac de Álvarez, Guerrero
Gamification, virtual simulations can drive empathy, motivate better decisions and approaches on Climate Resilient Development.
Did you know that Bolivia losses 2.5 million USD yearly in agricultural insurance because of Climate change? We can fight it with technology
A County Adaptation Plan is very critical to tackling vulnerabilities, thereby enhancing long term resilience to climate change.
Developing Model for Adaptations to Climate Change at Indian Sundarbans by Climate-smart Landscape Management Involving Local Community
Introduce new type of houses with locally made cheap insulated bricks and installing solar panels on roof.
The proposal is the materialisation of a sewer by gravity of rainwater that will be used to recharge the aquifers,
Execute a reforestation and education program with the children participation in elementary schools of the Chautengo´s Lagoon, Guerrero.
Providing farmers crop insurance, social assistance and introducing agriculture related subjects in schools.
Project will introduce locally made, cheap bricks that highly save inside temperature to reduce use of energy at rural and urban areas.
El consumo de agua contaminada transmite enfermedades infecciosas y parasitarias y casos de diarrea los cuales terminan en muertes de niños
The frequent migration of the rural population to the cities, has generated the abandonment of the countryside in the regions of Colombia.
Modelling an Agricultural Insurance Program against floods risk of the Southern Maracaibo Lake affecting plantain producer communities.
Business leadership's civil societies network address own strength & currently spent interventions to sustainable disaster risk reduction
Training young people will bring innovative solutions for mitigation and adaptation to climate change.
Integrated model of geotechnology and micro-insurance for semi-arid communities, vulnerable to climate change.
Replanting mangroves by cash for work, protected with wind/storm index insurance, and bundled with credit-life Insurance for the planters.
Waste Premiums for the landless farmers is an affordable and equitable risk transfer policy model to integrate the most marginalized groups
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)
It's necessary
The best insurance is one that won't be needed. Our energy tech design can replace fossil fuel in energy generation and transportation.
Connecting people help us deal better with cimate change - making disaster less disaster.
Establishment of Regional Flood Insurance program within the vulnerable coastlines specifically Dar es salaam and Teaching Resilience.
In addition to electricity, utilising runoff and shaded areas on solar farms in drylands can result in new agricultural opportunities.
A mobile phone-based automated crop insurance smart contract that protects farmers against droughts, floods and tropical cyclones.
A blockchain-based transactive micro-grid system that harnesses affordable, clean and sustainable energy from the sun, wind and the grid.
C.II.M.A makes use of climate information and provides social protection services through a virtual assistant to help vulnerable communities
Coral reefs restoration as social protection and nature-based adaptation to climate change
Credit, insurance, technical assistance and training for communities in areas of natural disasters in Brazil.
Actions to adapt to risks in urban communities vulnerable to increased rainfall caused by climate change
Adaptation technologies for agriculture and livestock of rural communities affected by climate change.
Take water from the sea and make it fresh. Create a basin, and irrigate farms. When droughts occur, water act as a risk insurance.
What happens if we bring together technology, sustainability and resilience?
Course of production of ecological cosmetics for the economic improvement of women in a vulnerable state
“Si la vida te da limón haz limonada” Si queremos desarrollar una producción sostenible, debemos partir de con qué recursos contamos.
The overarching AIM is to develop an economic model that will allow households to have access to insurance coverage and climate information
Using agricultural wastes and sewages to produce biogas can reduce impacts of improper disposal of wastes, burning forests and cutting trees
Low cost protected house and Initial mother seed lot is critical for regain agriculture livelihood after weather impact to rural farmers
Sand houses are sustainable in: Energy- sand regulates temperatures,reduced heating and cooling. Water- improve reservour Easy to build
Informing the marginalized why they should act about their environment, what to do, how to do it, and actually do it in a session.
Disaster Resilience and Climate Change Literacy to Children Based on Context and Local Condition
Portal na Web, que visa a Preservação e Restauração das florestas brasileiras. Em sintonia com os objetivos do Acordo de Paris e 195 países.
The community of Karambi Village r facing climate change effects & don't have access to drinking water while water point is available.
Our product is functional in conventional vehicles, or in vehicles that work with alternative increasing autonomy in percentages 15 and 30%
a través de la concientización de los niños de las escuelas rurales se puede mitigar el cambio climático utilizando estrategias reales
A project proposal submitted to study the effects of climate changes on microbial diseases transmitted to human from agriculture in Sudan.
Manejar especies vegetales con valor etnobotánico con el fin de proteger a este recurso y mejorar la calidad de vida de la población rural.
Absorbing Climate Change Impacts in #Uganda| Adaptation Strategy
Absorbing Climate Change Impacts in #Uganda| Adaptation Strategy
Financial institutions and mostly banks should be involved in world human and social problems including problems related to Climate change.
We need to provide to farmers the farming bests practices based on agricultural weather information in form of SMS via their mobile phones
Availability of climate risk and resilience companies help to protect vulnerable sectors and societies from climate disasters and risks.
Energie renouvelable à partir du Vert naturel
Innovation sur le compost magique à base de la jacinthe au Bénin
I can imagine it may be an issue of how to go about fixing bad things when they happen. "Absorbing climate impacts".
Have the UN establish a legal precedence for risk models around climate impact and develop case law against countries who violate laws.
Convergence of various government social protection mechanisms by making risk / adaptation affordable and accessible for the poor.
CCA (Climate Connection Areas) are city areas where private and public companies, civil society and governments create sustainable projects
Major constraints to achieving CC SDGs is the wide disconnect btw policies and practice not taking the affected into planning. #WithUSnot4US