The winners of the Karyanwayan Prize, the last stage of the UK Aid-funded Adaptation at Scale (A@S) prize, were announced on Thursday 23 May 2019 during an award ceremony at Hotel Himalaya in Kathmandu, Nepal.

Ten non-governmental organisations (NGOs), community-based organisations (CBOs) and private sector companies were awarded a total prize purse of £500,000 for developing innovative ways to expand community-driven climate change adaptation initiatives to benefit more communities (‘scale out’) and influence local and provincial policies and programmes (‘scale up’).

Out of over 130 organisations that registered to participate in stage one and two of A@S, 27 submitted their final reports on how they were scaling their climate change adaptation initiatives to help local communities. The reports went through an online judging process, and the best 18 were shortlisted. Thereafter, they made live presentations to a panel of four experts, who have determined the final winners.

‘I was impressed by the work of the prize winners which clearly shows that, if properly motivated, our NGOs and CBOs can increase their ambition and achieve higher climate goals’, said Hon. Mr Shakti Bahadur Basnet, Nepal’s Minister of Forests and Environment, chief guest at the award ceremony. ‘This is very timely since my ministry is finalising Nepal’s national adaptation plan (NAP) and revising our nationally determined contributions (NDCs). In our fight against climate change, we need all stakeholders to develop new ways to work together’.

Winning initiatives range from new technologies and products such as riverbed water level raising and harvesting, hydraulic ram pumps and weather index insurance, to innovative business models. These include ecosystem-based commercial agriculture and innovative agroecosystem-based approaches that integrate adaptation and disaster risk reduction with inclusive forest resources management.

The winners are split across two categories, international and national NGOs and CBOs and local NGOs. Four honorary prizes were also awarded for initiatives that distinguished themselves for excellence across sustainability, technology, inclusion and governance.

The A@S prize winners

INGOs and national NGOs:

  1. Asia Network for Sustainable Agriculture and Bioresources (ANSAB) – 1st place, £100,000

  2. Ithaka Institute for Climate Farming – 2nd place, £75,000

  3. Shikhar Insurance Co. – 3rd place, £50,000

Local NGOs and CBOs:

  1. Community Development & Advocacy Forum Nepal (CDAFN) – 1st place, £100,000

  2. Partnership Aid Center (PACE-Nepal) – 2nd place, £ 75,000

  3. Sundar Nepal Sanstha (Beautiful Nepal Association) – 3rd place, £50,000

Honorary prizes:

  1. Teenjure Raatpokhari Community Forest User Group – £12,500, sustainability award

  2. Centre for Rural Technology Nepal (CRT/N) – £12,500, technology award

  3. Dalit Welfare Organisation (DWO) – £12,500, inclusion award

  4. Multipurpose Development Society (MPDS) – £12,500, governance award

The six winners of the A@S main prizes at the award ceremony on 23 May 2019 in Kathmandu. 

The A@S prize was launched in 2015 in Nepal, which was selected due to its high vulnerability to climate change. The prize aimed to improve the ability of local communities to adapt to the impacts of climate change, with a sharp focus on the most vulnerable groups such as poor, women and Dalits, who are traditionally regarded as untouchable. The competition included a first stage, which ended in December 2016 with the award of the Protsahan Prize. This ‘encouragement prize’ was awarded to 15 organisations for their original climate change adaptation ideas. The award of the second stage, the Karyanwayan Prize, marks the end of the A@S prize competition and is the largest cash award made for climate change adaptation achievements in Nepal.

A@S is one of the innovation prize competitions run by the Ideas to Impact programme to stimulate solutions to development challenges, such as access to energy and water, through financial rewards. Ideas to Impact is funded by UK Aid delivered by the Department for International Development (DFID) and is implemented by an IMC Worldwide-led consortium which includes the Institute of Development Studies (IDS)Integrated Development Society Nepal (IDS-Nepal)Centre for Green Economic Development Nepal (CGED-Nepal), and the Southasia Institute of Advanced Studies (SIAS Nepal).

Source: - ideastoimpact

NDRC Nepal bags international award in ‘Farming for Biodiversity’ contest

BONN, GERMANY: National Disaster Risk Reduction Centre (NDRC) Nepal has won the Judge’s Choice Award in the 2017 “Farming for Biodiversity” contest.

Solution Search, a global contest designed to identify, reward and spotlight innovative approaches to conservation, announced the winners on Tuesday, November 14, 2017 during the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change Convention (UNFCCC) of Parties in Bonn, Germany.

There were 338 submissions of different organisations from 70 countries around the globe showcasing leading approaches to make farming friendlier to people and the planet.

The contest was focused on finding the most innovative solutions that make farming more sustainable and promote behaviours that increase biodiversity across the agricultural sector.

A two-day workshop was held in Bonn, Germany where leaders mapped strategies to scale up and replicate their ideas across the world. The 19 judges comprised of a panel of experts from conservation, development, media, finance and other professions selected.

NDRC Nepal was selected as the Judge's choice for its outstanding activity of public awareness campaign which benefitted 14,000 indigenous households and reduced upstream area of Banganga River Basin’s slash and burn practices.

According to Dr Dhruba Gautam, Executive Director at NDRC Nepal, heavy soil erosion in the Banganga River Basin was leading to major losses in the region’s biodiversity — both upstream and downstream. NDRC Nepal worked with government and non-government stakeholders to institute a series of more sustainable practices and executed public awareness campaigns.

The organisation received $30,000 cash prize which will further contribute to scale up and replicate its model in and around the Banganga River Basin. Winners will host capacity-building workshops across the globe to spread their effective solutions, NDRC Nepal stated in a press release.

Source : https://thehimalayantimes.com/nepal/ndrc-nepal-bags-international-award-in-farming-for-biodiversity-contest/