The Community Awards for Ocean Related Solutions will reward applicants putting forward the most compelling and actionable ocean-related strategies to combat climate change, with special credit given to programs addressing one or more of the Blue Climate Initiative themes: renewable energy and marine transportation, food and nutrition, biodiversity and nature-based solutions, mineral and genetic resources and sustainable tourism. Approaches may vary widely - we are focused on impact. Projects may include community programs working on climate change mitigation or adaptation, and strategies may include anything from awareness building and behavior change to marine protection and restoration programs, capacity building, livelihood development, policy change and research.

To qualify, projects must be designed, led, and implemented with meaningful leadership and participation from individuals, groups, and organizations from the place (village, town, city, county or province) where the activities occur.

Winning projects will receive support leading up to the Summit from the Blue Climate Initiative and its world-class network, US$30,000 to US$70,000 each to advance their project in the lead-up to the Summit, and an invitation to the Summit where their project will be showcased.

Shortlisted candidates will be invited to submit full applications in October 2020.

 

Community Awards for Ocean-Related Climate Solutions

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The Community Awards for Ocean Related Solutions will reward applicants putting forward the most compelling and actionable ocean-related strategies to combat climate change, with special credit given to programs addressing one or more of the Blue Climate Initiative themes: renewable energy and marine transportation, food and nutrition, biodiversity and nature-based solutions, mineral and genetic resources and sustainable tourism. Approaches may vary widely - we are focused on impact. Projects may include community programs working on climate change mitigation or adaptation, and strategies may include anything from awareness building and behavior change to marine protection and restoration programs, capacity building, livelihood development, policy change and research.

To qualify, projects must be designed, led, and implemented with meaningful leadership and participation from individuals, groups, and organizations from the place (village, town, city, county or province) where the activities occur.

Winning projects will receive support leading up to the Summit from the Blue Climate Initiative and its world-class network, US$30,000 to US$70,000 each to advance their project in the lead-up to the Summit, and an invitation to the Summit where their project will be showcased.

Shortlisted candidates will be invited to submit full applications in October 2020.

Meet Our Community Award Judges!

Tamatoa Bambridge

Research Director, Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS), Centre for Island Research and Environmental Observatory (CRIOBE).

Kate Brown

Executive Director, Global Island Partnership (GLISPA)

Daniela Fernandez

Founder and CEO of Sustainable Ocean Alliance, award-winning social entrepreneur.

Ayana Elizabeth Johnson

Founder of the think tank Urban Ocean Lab, founder and CEO of the consultancy Ocean Collectiv.

Rebekah Shirley

Chief of Research at Power for All in Nairobi, Kenya, and Visiting Research Fellow at Strathmore University.

 

Entrepreneur Incentive Prize Challenge

In early 2021, the Blue Climate Initiative is launching a global incentive prize challenge to stimulate transformative ideas and surface high-potential approaches for addressing the climate crisis through our oceans. The focus of this challenge will be on technology and entrepreneurial based solutions. Finalists will receive cash prizes and be invited to attend the Blue Climate Summit in mid-2021 in Tahiti, where their projects will be profiled and introduced to many of the world’s leading investors and ocean experts and champions. Check back for updates!

Tahiti Blue Climate Program

The Blue Climate Initiative is also sponsoring a Tahiti (French Polynesia) educational program focused on the themes of the Blue Climate Initiative. This program includes an incentive prize challenge to stimulate high school and other students to develop locally inspired and relevant programs for addressing climate change and other issues of critical importance to island communities. Winners will be honored at the Summit.