2019 RISK Award: 109 applications from 48 countries
The call for proposals for the „Coastal Resilience“ RISK Award ended on 30 November 2018. We received 109 applications from 48 countries which address the issue from different perspectives. The high number of proposals from all over the world clearly proves the necessity for countries and people living in coastal areas to act in order to adapt to and cope with climate and environmental changes.
The climate negotiations at COP24 in Poland have once again underpinned the importance to protect the vulnerable poor. They often live on islands or in coastal states such as Bangladesh, Barbados, Ghana, Kenya, Kiribati, Madagascar, Philippines, Rwanda or Vietnam. The most vulnerable countries have joined forces via the Vulnerable 20 initiative (V20) which gives them a stronger voice during the negotiations. This is promising and hopefully will lead the world community in a safer and a more sustainable future. However, in many cases, the risks are already obvious and must be addressed now. For that purpose, the RISK Award will honor and fund one blueprint project out of the 109 applications. The applications include ideas around riverbank erosion, coastal erosion, salt-water intrusion, cyclones, floods, tsunamis and many more. A few proposals also address coastal resilience alongside lakeshores.
We as RISK Award organizers thank all contributors and applicants for their efforts and their brilliant ideas. We will now evaluate the proposals in their entirety and our diversified international jury will have time until end of March 2019 to select the winner. The official announcement of the winner will take place at the Global Platform for DRR in Geneva in May 2019. Good luck to all applicants!
109 applications from 48 countries all over the world
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