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Stage 1 - Protsahan (Encouragement) Prize

Prize Applications Open: 5th May 2016

Prize Deadline: 30th September 2016

The Protsahan Prize aims to recognise successful climate change adaptation initiatives, and reward innovative plans to expand them (scale-up). We are looking for existing community driven projects that are already achieving positive results, but who want to scale-up their success to reach more people and larger areas in Nepal. Applicants will need to present a plan showing how they can expand their success by using new and innovative ways of working. These ideas should be new, and not be part of any existing plan.

WINNERS

The Protsahan Prize was awarded to 15 winners in December 2015. They all recognised successful initiatives that have supported adaptation to climate change among the poorest and most vulnerable groups in Nepal, and rewarded innovative plans to expand them (scale-up). Below is the list of winners:

 

1.       ANSAB Nepal

ANSAB Nepal has been able to introduce successfully Ecosystem based Commercial Agriculture in Wai and Bandhu VDCs of Bajura district of Nepal. It has been successful to introduce climate smart agriculture by eco-system based commercial agriculture (ECA) and green business model for food and nutrition security through Solar pump irrigation, development of irrigation system, organic cultivation and pest management, introduction of drought resistant crop varieties in the one of the most remote climate change vulnerable area of Nepal.

2.       Care Nepal

Care Nepal has been successful to demonstrate the use of Payment for Ecosystem and Community Resilience in the Lamjung district of Nepal. It has introduced Payment for sedimentation retention and conducted capacity building trainings in the same area. This all has reduced landslides, river side cutting, siltation of water bottlenecks and drying up of springs. Care Nepal has been able to give support in preparation of LAPA and implementation with leverage of resources. It has been also successful toestablish PES basket fund and has also initiated water resource management, Disaster risk reduction and conserving biodiversity in the targeted areas.            

3.       Centre for Environmental and Agricultural Policy Research, Extension and Development (CEAPRED Nepal)

CEAPRED Nepal has been successful to create a model of mountain resilient village in Kavrepalanchowkdistrict of Nepal. It has been able to bring Climate smart villages adopting the climate smart technologies and approaches which were focused on water, energy and farming systems with water smart, soil nutrient smart, crop smart, knowledge smart, energy smart and future smart in four targeted VDCs.

4.       Centre for Rural Technology Nepal (CRT/N)

CRT/N has been successful in introducing Hydraulic ram pump as an efficient and effective water pumping technology, plastic tunnel farming practices, construction of reservoir tanks, integration of sprinkler and micro-irrigation tanks, drip irrigation and capacity building trainings in areas of water management and livelihood in Dhunkharka VDC, Balthali VDC and Sankhu VDC of Kavrepalanchowk and Lalitpur districts of Nepal.

5.       Community Development and Advocacy Forum (CDAF) Nepal

CDAF Nepal is following promotion of "SAVE THE WATER" slogan focusing on water resource management activities namely control of flash flood in Ratu River, landslide control, flood cutting, plantation, development of irrigation scheme such as underground irrigation canal and bioengineering, construction of different recharge ponds and IGA activities such as vegetable cum fish farming with the leverage and matching of funds from the wider stakeholders in Mahotari and Dhanusha districts of Nepal.

6.       Dalit Welfare Organization (DWO)

DWO has been successful in bringing adaptation practices in the field of Soil conservation and agriculture based income generation in climate change vulnerable areas. It has put in place soil erosion control measures on riverine area, construction of artificial wetlands, plantation, construction of water mills, promotion of IGAs in Dalit and Badi communities, communal farming of fishery and potato cultivation, capacity building on improved agricultural practices for the transformation from the subsistence to commercial farming of vegetables, mango, banana and lemon as well as riverside farming in Sani Veri riverside of Garayala VDC of Rukum district of Nepal.

7.       Human Development and Environment Concern Society Nepal (HuDECS Nepal)

HuDECS Nepal has been successful in LAPA formation throughout all the VDCs of Mustang district of Nepal and implementation of the LAPAs with leverage of funds from the wider stakeholders and community participation. It has been able to mobilize the communities in stone wall construction to prevent from flood, tunnel farming targeting to poor, Dalits (untouchables) and women in the target areas.  It has been instrumental in the design and identification of vulnerability map, assessment of adaptation measures, prioritization, budgeting and implementation mechanism, capacity building on climate change adaptation and mainstreaming it, increasing adaptive capacity to disaster risk reduction.

8.       Ithaka Institute for Climate Financing (IICF)

IICF has been able in building sustainable Village Economies through Biochar based Organic Fertilization in Afforestation and 'Fair trade carbon farming' offsetsin Climate Change Adaptation Initiative in Tanahu district of Nepal.  It has been successful inRestoring ecosystem by developing forest gardens, plantations, protection of water resources, production of biochar based organic fertilizer, organic pesticides through leaf fermentation and recovery of organic nutrients from the urine of goat and cow. Besides communities have been facilitated in recycling of plastic and kitchen waste and organizing international agro-tourism business in the targeted areas.

9.       Machhapuchhare Development Organization (MDO)

MDO has been successful in Promotion of Improved Cooking Stove (ICS) and plantation of NTFPs for IGA and landslide control, soil conservation activities, Plastic Tunnel Farming and IGA, Promotion of Village tourism with home stay, Local water resources and ponds conservation in targeted villages of Kaski, Syanja and Parbat districts of Nepal.

10.   Manahari Development Institute (MDI) Nepal

MDI Nepal has used Ecosystem based Agriculture as an adaptation practice in its target areas. Drip and lift irrigation system, construction of water harvesting ponds, agro-forestry and shifting cultivation, SALT, Slash and burn agriculture are some of the practices in use. A success story from the sale of broom grass, provide alternative source of energy, diversification of agricultural and agroforestry systems and promote the use of local resources. It has worked in Makwanpur and Kalikot district of Nepal.

11.   Mutual Support Center (Aapasi Sahayog Kendra)

Mutual Support Center has utilized Eco- system based Adaptation for Livelihood (EBA4LIPNS) inAarukharka, Bhatkhola, Bangefadke, Bansing Deuralivillages of Syanja district of Nepal. Under this approach it has used IPNS Farmer school, reuse ofkitchen water, cattle shed improvement with improved urine, manure pit and improved manure, plantation of broom grass and fodder for controlling soil erosion and IGA, conservation of water ponds and sources, improved cooking stove, awareness on EBA tools, promotion of Akabare khursani, mushroom cultivation in the targeted areas.

12.   Namsaling Community Development Center (NCDC)

NCDC has introduced water management interventions such as solar water lifting pump and installed to assist Dalit, Janajati, single women, disabled and elderly people. The ground water reservoir tank, roughing filter, transmission and distribution pipes, distribution tanks, tap stand post, pump house design, water ditch, electro mechanical components, electromechanical protection and earthing were built according to the technical requirements with the leverage of funds from DDC and VDC and clearing the legal issues and earned commitment from the land owners together with cash and kind support in Ilam district of Nepal.

13.   National Disaster Risk Reduction Center (NDRRC)

NDRRC has been successful in adapting climate Change through linking upstream communities ofArghakhanchiand Kapilvastudistricts of Nepal. Construction and conservation of ponds and wells, establishement of metereological station at school, SALT Technology, Seed bank and introduction of climate smart cover crops and zero tillage practice in the targeted areas has been its practices.               

14.   Practical Action South Asia Regional Office

Practical Action has been successful to mobilize communities in working in the field of landslide and soil erosion control along the Bahulaha khola, Installation of shallow tube wells, rehabilitation of irrigation channels, introduction of new and improved crops for the transformation in agriculture as IGAs for the marginalized Bote community, livestock health camps, training of VAHW, wetland with raised and strengthened dam which provides home for certain wildlife, longer water availability and serves as potential tourist destination in addition to environmental services inKirtipur, Gaidi, Kadampur, Boteto and Keureni in the Devchuli Municipality of Nawalparasi district of Nepal.

15.   Youth Acting for Change Nepal (YAC- Nepal)

YAC-Nepal has followed the concept of Strengthening Communities for Climate Change Resilience. It has been in practice of awareness building, use of draught resistant crops, waste water collection and expansion of mulching and workshop in climate finance in Bhajani Trishakti Municipality ward numbers 4,5,6,7,8 of Kailali district of Nepal for climate change adaptation.


WHY APPLY?

Win a share in the total prize purse of £150,000 - This prize is part recognition for adaptation work and part results based payment for your scaling up plan. Depending on the quality of the scaling-up plans submitted part of the results based payment may instead be provided as an accountable grant if further work is needed to reach the standard of plans we expect.

Recognition and promotion of your initiative through the Adaptation at Scale networks and Rewards Ceremony.

If you are successful in the Protsahan Prize, you have an opportunity to enter the Karyanwayein Prize later in the year to implement your plan and win a share of the total prize purse of £325,000.


HOW TO APPLY 

Step 1 - Eligibility Criteria

Review the Eligibility Criteria to ensure you/your organisation meets all the listed criteria to take part in the prize.

 

Step 2 - Registration

There are two ways of registering:

1) English language registration: Applicants can register through our website.

2) Nepali language registration: Applicants who cannot complete their application in English, can get hard copies of registration forms by emailing support@adaptationatscale.org or calling 01-5540303. The Prize manager will register the applicant on their behalf when sending out the application documentation.

 

Step 3 - Apply

1) English submissions: Complete the application form online by the deadline, including all of the required fields – any questions please email support@adaptationatscale.org

2) Nepali Submissions: Complete the hard copy application form and submit it by the deadline either via email or hand delivered (see contact page for details)


JUDGING PROCESS

Step 1 - Screening

Once the competition closes, all applications will be checked to see if the eligibility requirements and the minimal criteria have been met (see 2.3 Eligibility Criteria). For those applications that are not rejected on this basis, the Application Form will go to the panel of judges. The names and affiliations of the Applicants will not be revealed to the judges.

Step 2 - Judging

An independent panel of judges will review all applications that make it through the screening step, scoring each application against the Judging Criteria (Section 2.4). The top scoring applications will be shortlisted and go to final judging. The judging panel will consist of recognized sector leaders, including representatives from NGO, CSO network representatives, academia and government representatives and experts of climate change adaptation, gender and social inclusion.

Step 3 Final Judging

Applicants who are shortlisted for a prize will be asked to provide evidence in support of their applications. This may include access to documentation, beneficiaries and community leaders as requested by the prize manager.

Due diligence assessments will also be undertaken of the highest scoring applicants to ensure submission complies with the Terms and Conditions.

Step 4 - Award

Eligible finalists will be invited to showcase their idea at an Awards Ceremony, and be awarded their prize!


Applications must be received by 30th September 2016

Applicants who cannot complete their application online, and in English, can request hard copies of the registration forms in Nepali by emailing support@adaptationatscale.org or calling 01-5540303

Please read the following information before registering: