GCA Local Adaptation Champions Awards

GCA Local Adaptation Champions Awards

Rewarding inspiring, innovative and scalable locally-led efforts to address climate change and build resilience among vulnerable communities.

Launched by GCA in 2022, the Local Adaptation Champions Awards spotlight and reward innovative, exemplary, inspiring, and scalable locally-led efforts that address the impacts of climate change and build effective climate resilience among the most vulnerable communities, sections of society, and individuals who are at the frontlines of the greatest existential threat faced by humankind.

Who can enter the competition?

The award is open to any individual, organisation or group of partners worldwide, who have implemented or are in the process of implementing climate change adaptation/resilience solutions that follow one of the eight principles for locally-led adaptation.

What is the deadline for applying?

The call for applications will be open from 10th June to 10th July 2022.

How does the selection process work?

Applications will be screened against a set of pre-defined criteria after the closing of the call for applications. The top 20 applicants will be nominated for the awards and requested to provide additional information to support their entry. After further screening by a group of locally-led adaptation experts, the winners will be selected by the Jury.

Is there a cash prize for winners?

All 20 nominees will benefit from media coverage around their nomination for the awards. Four winners (one per category) will receive a cash prize of €15,000.

Interested and want to find out more?

Review our frequently asked questions and consult your application package here.

Award timeline

  • 10th June: Call for applications opens
  • 10th July: Call for applications closes. Screening & longlisting starts.
  • 1st August: 20 nominees are invited to provide further information
  • 6th September: List of nominees published on the GCA website
  • 1st to 15th October: Jury selection of winners
  • 7th to 18th November: Award ceremony at COP 27 and unveiling of winners

Sponsor/exhibitor contact

Richard Heap
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