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    <h1 style="text-align:center"><strong>Engaging Civil Society Participation</strong></h1><h1 style="text-align:center"><strong>in Climate Adaptation</strong></h1><h1> </h1><h1><span style="font-size:24px">Challenge background</span></h1><p>Climate change is an imminent and global threat. Around the world, populations and countries are already experiencing its devastating effects. Over the past 20 years, total global damages from climate-related disasters have climbed by more than 11 percent per year to more than $300 billion in 2017. This will only worsen as the climate change impacts increase in severity and frequency over time. Global actions have mainly been concentrated on reducing emissions and slowing climate change. Although this is promising and necessary, focusing only on mitigation will likely be insufficient. The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change reported that even the most ambitious Paris Agreement target of limiting global average temperature rise to 1.5°C will bring new vulnerabilities and widespread damages that will result in a huge economic and human toll. Some conditions are now inevitable, but any worsening effects can be managed. <strong>Accelerating climate adaptation at a global scale is a critical piece of the puzzle, </strong>and we must invest in a massive effort to adapt now, adapt smartly, and adapt fairly.</p><p>Adaptation is the process of adjusting human systems and societies to current and expected effects of climate change. It provides an opportunity to improve the resilience of social, economic and environmental systems. Adaptation technologies are available and implemented in some cases, but they must be mainstreamed and supported by more urgency, innovation, and scale. Given the rapid and mass digitalization taking place around the world, technology has an integral role to play in climate adaptation.</p><p> Individuals and communities often face the challenge of recovery during and after a climate disaster. According to the <a href="https://reliefweb.int/report/world/why-preparedness-pays-value-localized-disaster-resilience">World Food Programme and the Emergency Telecommunications Cluster</a>, the first line of defense is local but there have been many cases where those who witness damage or emergencies often have no way of communicating with the relevant bodies that provide disaster relief or risk management. Oftentimes, there are no pre-established networks that could facilitate an immediate response or accountability after the fact. Some examples include <a href="https://www.washingtonpost.com/national/fema-admits-failures-in-puerto-rico-disaster-response-in-new-after-action-report/2018/07/12/b7900228-8636-11e8-9e80-403a221946a7_story.html?noredirect=on&utm_term=.b7cc1ce2088e">Puerto Rico</a>, <a href="https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/mar/28/mozambique-mayor-cyclone-deaths-negligence-idai-rural">Mozambique</a>, and <a href="https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/worldviews/wp/2013/11/11/why-the-philippines-wasnt-ready-for-typhoon-haiyan/?utm_term=.184293f3f939">the Philippines</a>. Gaps in information and knowledge make deploying solutions in a timely, effective and efficient manner even more challenging</p><p> </p><h1><span style="font-size:24px">Challenge description</span></h1><p>Adaptation action starts with understanding the risks, making them visible, and enforcing action. This is both a technical and a societal process. Thus, <strong>the challenge is to provide a technological solution that improves both disaster preparedness and disaster response, in a way that improves government accountability and empowers community members to take action to help build their resilience</strong>. This technological solution should link citizens with local governments and enable them to easily report problems to appropriate offices or entities as well as coordinate appropriate solutions. Examples of such problems that could be monitored include pest early-warning, drought and heatwave early-warning, flood mapping, and infrastructure vulnerability.</p><p>The desired outcomes from proposed solutions are the improvement of adaptive capacity and the enhanced awareness of the environmental and infrastructural vulnerabilities by the local government and population. This is multi-purpose: encouraging active engagement between civil society and government, crowd-sourcing the collection of data on existing local risks and vulnerabilities to climate change, and as a tool for disaster risk management and recovery in the case of extreme events. This technological solution should empower local actors to develop, implement and monitor local adaptation actions.</p><p></p><h1><span style="font-size:24px">Multimedia Material</span></h1><p><a href="https://gca.org/global-commission-on-adaptation">Website for the Global Commission on Adaptation</a></p><p></p><h1><br /><br /></h1><style><!-- /*Text reset*/ #DTS, #DTS h1, #DTS h2, #DTS h3, #DTS p, #DTS td { font-size: 13px; line-height: 1.3em; margin-bottom: 0.75em; padding-bottom:0; text-transform: none; } #DTS h1 {font-size: 24px;} #DTS h2 {font-size: 16px;} #DTS h3 {font-size: 14px;} #DTS a:link, #DTS a:visited, #DTS a:hover, #DTS a:active {font-size: inherit;} /*New*/ #DTS .button {list-style: none;} #DTS .button li {margin: 25px 5px 25px 5px; display: inline-block;} #DTS .button a {padding: 15px 25px; /* top margin right margin bottom margin left margin*/ overflow: auto; vertical-align: middle; background: #000000; opacity: 0.9; color: #000; font-weight: bold; font-size: 14px;} .countdown {display: table-cell; vertical-align: middle; padding: 0px 25px 25px 25px;} #DTS table {table-layout: fixed;} #DTS td { padding: 7px 20px; vertical-align: top;} #DTS #pin td {padding: 5px;} .borderb {border-bottom: 1px dotted #ccc;} .opacity { opacity: 0.9; filter: alpha(opacity=50); /* For IE8 and earlier */ background: #fffef2 transparent; background: ; filter:progid:DXImageTransform.Microsoft.gradient(startColorstr=#80000000, endColorstr=#80000000);} .opacity h1, .opacity h2, .opacity h3, .opacity p, .opacity a {color: blue;} .opacity a:link {text-decoration: underline;} .marginr {margin-right: 0px;} .margint {margin-top: 0px;} #DTS .nomarginb {margin-bottom: 0;} #DTS .grad {background: url(/static/files/1/Default_SplashBackground.png) repeat;} #DTS .bordershadow { border: 8px solid rgba(255,255,255,0.5); -webkit-box-shadow: 1px 3px 7px #555; -moz-box-shadow: 1px 3px 7px #555; box-shadow:1px 3px 7px #555; margin-bottom: 8px;} #DTS #pin {margin-top:0px;} #DTS #pin .bordershadow { padding: 0px; /* IE6, IE7, IE8 */ border: 4px solid #E3E3E3 \9;} padding: 10px\9;} --> <style><!-- /* TEXT RESET */ #template h1 { color: #000000; font-size: 30px; font-weight: bold; text-align: left; text-transform: uppercase; margin-bottom: 5px; } #template p { color: #444444; font-size: 20px; font-weight: normal; text-align: left; line-height: 24px; } /* CHANGE SPLASH BACKGROUND IMG */ .splash {background-image: url(/images//static/files/944/Winner-Background__1566421484873.png); background-repeat: no-repeat; width: 120%;} /* CHANGE SPLASH HEIGHT, IF NEEDED */ .splash {height: auto; width: 100%; display: inline-block; margin-top: -2px;} /* CHANGE TEXT BOX WIDTH HEIGHT */ #template .text {width: 875px; margin-left: 0px; margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 6px;} #template .pad {padding: 25px 20px 20px 35px;} /* TEXT RESET */ #template h1 { color: #000000; margin-bottom: 20px; font-size: 30px; font-weight: bold; text-align: left; text-transform: uppercase; } #template p { color: #444444; font-size: 15px; font-weight: ; text-align: left; line-height: 18px; } --></style><div class="splash" id="template"><div class="text opacity pad"><table align="center" style="width:90%;margin-left:auto;margin-right:auto;vertical-align:top" border="0"><tbody><tr><td width="5%" style="vertical-align:top"><img src="/images//static/files/944/First-place__1566421498385.png" width="60" height="50" /></td><td width="28%" style="vertical-align:top"><a href="https://ideas.unite.un.org/rtevirtual/Page/ViewIdea?ideaid=3013">iBlum App</a><br /><strong><br /></strong>by Arushi Aggarwal</td><td width="2%"></td><td width="5%" style="vertical-align:top"></td><td width="28%" style="vertical-align:top"></td><td width="2%"></td><td width="5%" style="vertical-align:top"></td><td width="28%" style="vertical-align:top"></td></tr><tr><td colspan="8" height="10"></td></tr><tr><td style="vertical-align:top"></td><td style="vertical-align:top"></td><td></td><td style="vertical-align:top"></td><td style="vertical-align:top"></td><td></td><td style="vertical-align:top"></td><td style="vertical-align:top"></td></tr></tbody></table><p></p><p></p><p></p></div></div><p></p>
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