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Reshaping development pathways in LDCs 2019

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What are solutions to restore degraded landscapes, helping communities in Least Developed Countries (LDCs) become more climate resilient?

Climate change, population growth, conflicts, and food and nutrition insecurity are linked with ecosystem degradation and biodiversity loss. Climate change is projected to exacerbate the process of ecosystem degradation through the intensification of extreme weather events, undermining the resilience and sustainability of agriculture and food systems and further endangering livelihoods of already vulnerable communities.


With the increasing threats that climate shocks and stresses present, there is an urgent need to reshape development pathways into prioritizing proactive disaster risk reduction instead of reactive measures in the devastating aftermath of the event. Particularly the poorest and most vulnerable countries, such as the LDCs, suffer the worst effects of climate change and experience the highest rates of damage and loss to their natural ecosystems. To foster the climate resilience of these countries, incremental measures must give way to concerted efforts fostering transformation if we are to solve the root causes of vulnerabilities.


To reshape development pathways for the overall achievement of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, the UN Climate Resilience Initiative (A2R) and the Global Resilience Partnership (GRP)[1], are calling for innovative, scalable solutions and best practices to restore degraded ecosystems, helping vulnerable communities in LDCs become more climate resilient.


[1] Supported by the UK Department for International Development

62 Proposals
A vision for renewing agricultural infrastructure in the Office du Niger in Mali, transferable to the 4 major watersheds of the Sahel.
In 5 years we will set the foundation for a 20-year national programme of landscape restoration, aiming at community and nature resilience.
LDC communities use flexible floating fishing reefs to feed themselves and the world, restore oceans, produce biofuel, and sequester carbon.
Where people can't flush, our team is developing a portable toilet that evaporates 90-95% of onsite sewage converting it into clean water
The project empowers women small farmers to produce and broadcast climate change adaptation and management strategies using radio dramas.
We use technology to decentralize fertilizer production, enabling rural farmers restore their soil health/carbon and improve harvest yield.
How to link the SDGs, communities, permaculture and data generation for land restoration, research and goal achievement assessment?
Synergistically combine tissue culture & biodigestion to tackle environmental degradation and haphazard waste management
An "Apex System" that coordinates and puts to active use the opportunities posed by climate change threats.
A Model Ecovillage Showcasing Fulfilment of Maximum SDGs in Sustainable Rural Communities (Food, Water, Waste Management and Energy)
Indigenous women restore biodiversity in community forests through planting and sound management of edible caterpillars trees in Mwenga
Nurture a young generation of passionate tree lovers to partake of tree planting activities across Kenya Arid and Semi-Arid counties
A replicable micro agroecological center, in which plants are grown, traditional practices are collected, shared and enhanced by farmers
An integrated agro-ecosystem approach for land and water resource management at the service of agricultural sustainability and food security
Women-led, one-stop climate change solution centers for the co-creation of holistic adaption approaches with vulnerable communities.
A whole systems approach for land restoration and water resource management leveraging agricultural and environmental sustainability.
This land restoration approach puts plant science at the service of local communities. It is ready for massive upscaling in Africa.
Ecoengineering approach is significant to promote AdMit, reducing DR and providing food security for coastal climate-vulnerable people
Achieving mitigation to climate change and improving food security through revitalization of sustainable agroforestry practices
Maasai traditionally keep many cows, walk with them to find grass. We want them to keep less cows and grow them food on irrigation farming
Ancestral knowledge of forest management in the tropical jungle with the use of agroforestry as a tool to fight deforestation and poverty
Designing wetlands restoration programmes that enable riparian communities to improve their livelihoods and reduce impacts of climate change
This project explores the extent to which data collection improves flood prediction, mitigating the vulnerability of LDCs to climate change.
This submission details the TCOM system for integrated solutions for sustainable scalable approaches effecting climate change/ mitigation.
Prompting movement by establishing a conscience-driven pro-environment cafe business with strong CSR practice empowering herd mentality.
A GIS enabled tool for data-driven renewable energy analysis, policy making, planning and monitoring based on environmental indicators.
This study seeks to assess drought and desertification as indicators to Land Degradation and explore sustainable solutions to the problem.
Solvify is a biodegradable super-absorbent polymer; when mixed with the soil it can reduce water and fertilizer requirements in agriculture.
Through the Life Monetary Fund and the Crocus, regenerative agriculture will turn the degraded landscapes of LDCs into rich agroecosystems
Smart combinations of organic and conventional methods could contribute toward sustainable productivity increases in global agriculture.
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This is a bottom up approach where all stakeholders in a community determine and mobilise themselves to build climate resilience.
By changing their construction practices LDCs can lower their carbon footprint, reduce global warming and help their economy
Smart combinations of organic and conventional methods could contribute toward sustainable productivity increases in global agriculture.
Saathi has developed world's first 100% biodegradable and compostable all natural sanitary pads from banana fiber.
Maasai life is getting harder every year. Our solution is change of lifestyle from pastoralist into agro- pastoralist than zero -grazers.
To empower rural-based smallholder farmers for degradation mitigation, climate change adaptation and resiliency through agro-ecology
How following Patagonia's successful system approach can help against the climate change and desertification.
Allow farmers who have low yields with their conventional productions to increase it by growing bamboo to exploit all its characteristics.
Proposed is a method to lower sea temperature rise in LDC coastal communities and generate clean, renewable energy output at the same time.
This is a novel invention made from natural products papyrus reeds and water hyacinth. Has a mini biogas digester for production of biogas.
On December 14, 2012, the Vorniceni, Moldova, approved a decision - arranging of a square.
Using solar energy indirectly (via electricity) and directly(for heating and cooking), in tandem with water harvesting(for cleaning + water)
Es absorber el CO2 y los GEI de la emisiones y filtrarlas por agua acondicionada y aceites vegetales. hay que terminar la investigacion.
The idea is to create a wholistic socioeconomic road map for sustainable growth in rural and semiurban cities with use of Technology .
it aims to promote citizen participation in the fight against climate change while trying to create a more secure and secure environment.
Empowering farmers to practice hybrid arrow root farming as an adaptive measure to climate change and a solution to food insecurity
Empower farmers to practice hybrid arrow root farming as an adaptive measure to climate change and a solution to food insecurity
Solar Micro grid generates affordable electricity and clean drinking water for local community and their payment pays the local employees
Ceramic water filters and cook stoves can prevent problems of environmental health: safe drinking water and pollution around cook stoves.
We have ignored the ancient age old practice of "Individual Water Harvesting" to balance the abuse of water which is causing all the problem
With the help of a simple calculation example I would like to point out a possibility with which people could create a financial basis.
Tourism is the main industry to leave carbon footprints and cause of nature destruction. Natural tourist attractions are gaining popularity.
Forest restoration, diffusion of improved stoves, ecological and climate-friendly agriculture by women and girls in South Kivu in DR Congo.
Blockchain technology approach to scalling up Climate interventions in remote and vulnerable Pacific LDC committees. Ownership to Transform
Ice sheets reflect the sun's Ray's and are habitats for animals, what if we used the plastic in the ocean to create artificial ice sheets
The proposal contains suitable sustainable measures for better preparedness for the ever changing climate
We invest in villages to establish social enterprises to allow people to connect to the full web.
A farm where domestic biogas technology and sustainable agriculture is practiced and the population is trained on the above subjects
Strategically combining a Landscape Leaders Dialogue with collaborative action planning to accelerate sustainable rural development
Illegal logging has created a loss not only of the trees which lock in the CO2 ,but many of them are carried by slavers.
The last globalization introduced uncertainties in development. Therefore, there is no need to graduate the 40 Least Developed Countries.