Rare has launched its annual Solution Search focused on “Farming for Biodiversity”. Solution Search is a global crowdsourcing approach that rewards the best sustainable development ideas coming from or being implemented at the community level: http://solutionsearch.org/ The deadline for application is coming up on March 10.

Solution Search: Farming for Biodiversity is looking to identify and reward the most promising approaches to conserving biodiversity on agricultural lands. You could win up to $30,000 with additional side prizes for community/social impact, food security/nutrition impact, biodiversity impact and water impact. All finalists will attend a capacity-building workshop and awards ceremony in New York, NY, USA, with some of the biggest names in conservation and development.

Different from many other contests, Solution Search takes a long-term view and not only support projects through considerable prize money (150.000 total across categories) but capacity building through technical and campaigning workshops. After these workshops, the most promising campaigns will be selected for longer-term support to bring the brightest ideas to scale. Rare is partnering with IFOAM on the technical side and Rare will lead with its expertise on environmental communication at the grassroots level.

Examples of potential entries include:

  • Sustainable land use management that integrates the consideration of biodiversity and ecosystems
  • Alternative pest control practices that reduce toxic run-off into local water sources
  • Organic farming methods that increase soil biodiversity (or other species)
  • Livestock control measures that protect local flora and fauna
  • Innovative approaches that reduce human-animal conflicts in agricultural zones

If you know of someone doing great work, you could win too – submit a nomination to be eligible for the $1,000 nomination prize.

To learn more, nominate someone or enter your solutions, please visit www.solutionsearch.org.

Contest partners include Rare, IFOAM-Organics International, Convention on Biological Diversity Secretariat, Save the Children, Blue Solutions, Panorama, and Global Island Partnership (GLISPA). This project is part of the International Climate Initiative (IKI). The Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety (BMUB) supports this initiative on the basis of a decision adopted by the German Bundestag.

Expiry date: Friday, 10 March, 2017
Institution: Rare