GCA Launches Maiden Adaptation Champions Awards

Global Center On Adaptation
Global Center On Adaptation

The Global Center on Adaptation (GCA) today launched the first international Local Adaptation Champions Awards to spotlight and reward locally led adaptation initiatives.

International climate and development funding often fails to reach the local level. This is especially harmful for people living in poverty. Climate change is expected to push more than 130 million people into extreme poverty by 2030, making the situation increasingly challenging over time. These awards aim to reach local communities who are aware of solutions to adapt to the impacts of climate change, but lack the resources and power to scale such solutions up or implement them effectively.

“As the only international organization dedicated to adaptation solutions for a climate resilient future, we witness how people and communities on the frontlines of climate change are often the most active and innovative in developing adaptation solutions,” explains Professor Patrick Verkooijen, CEO of the Global Center on Adaptation. “Our hope is that these Awards will help put communities and local actors at the center of decision-making and funding for climate adaptation.”

Four winners in four separate categories –leadership; knowledge and capacity; local innovation and financial governance­ and will be selected by a prestigious jury.

The winners will be awarded €15,000 each at an award ceremony to be held during COP 27 in Sharm El-Sheikh, Egypt, in November 2022. Applications are open until 10th July 2022.

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