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Proposal: Potential Zeolites for conserving soil moisture in drought prone areas of Africa Contest: Exploring Synergistic Solutions for Sustainable Development Thank you for your contest entry. Thank you for your contest entry. We appreciate your willingness to share your ideas and also the time and effort you put into developing a proposal and submitting it to the contest. We have reviewed your proposal and found that it contained intriguing elements; however, have chosen not to advance it to the next round of competition. We encourage you to keep developing your idea. Transfer your proposal to a Workspace to re-open it, make edits, add collaborators, and even submit it into a future contest. You can do so by logging into your account, opening your proposal, selecting the Admin tab, and clicking “Move proposal.” We welcome you to stay involved in the Climate CoLab community: support and comment on proposals that have been named Finalists, and vote during the public voting period to help select the contest’s Popular Choice Winner. Climate CoLab will be opening more contests throughout the year and you are welcome to submit your proposal to those contests as well. Keep up the great work. We hope that by working together, we all can create solutions that wouldn’t otherwise be possible. Sincerely, Contest Fellows If there are additional comments from the Judges & Fellows, they will be included below.
Judge 1: Very well written proposal, clear and clearly useful. But I don't think this proposal fits in this particular call in that this call is about using multiple existing Climate Co-Lab proposals to formulate a systems-level approach to address multiple SDGs. I would suggest that the authors attempt to get this work funded through more usual channels, such as government funding for research into action.
Judge 2: The proposal is appealing in proposing one solution to enhance agri productivity in arid areas. However, it needs to be less descriptive and repetitive regarding the background on climate change and properties of zeolites and more interpretive on aspects such as how the budget was derived (it currently doesn't make sense); who the project team will be (currently seems a one-man show), how the impacts of extensive mining of non-renewable zeolite deposits will be mitigated/addressed; how the massive tonnages of zeolites will be mined, transported and utilized without contributing massively to carbon emissions, and so on. Not clear on how well it can be scaled especially in terms of location and extent of zeolite deposits and arid countries/projected future arid areas.
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