SUMERNET partnering the Global Resilience Challenge for innovative solutions to problems in Asia

SUMERNET staff from the Secretariat in SEI’s Asia Centre will be partnering with one of the 17 teams selected by the Global Resilience Partnership (GRP) for the “Global Resilience Challenge” that will fund the most transformative solutions with up to $1 million for implementation and continued innovation.

The project is “Addressing resilience challenges through participatory LUP and village adaptation plans in the Ramsar sites of the Mekong Basin (Thailand, Cambodia, Viet Nam)’. SUMERNET staff involved in the GRP proposal are Agus Nugroho and Rajesh Daniel.  The project proposal is being led by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN). 

Aiming to address the disconnect between policy and best practices, the project’s overarching objective is to enhance resilience in the 11 Mekong Ramsar sites in Thailand, Cambodia, Vietnam and Lao PDR through the development and implementation of multi-disciplinary and collaborative local planning including land use planning and adaptation plans.

These plans will be developed using a regional approach among concerned governments and communities through the Ramsar framework and IUCN’s knowledge products such as the Green List, Key Biodiversity Areas or the Red List of Ecosystems.

IUCN has a strong background working on Ramsar sites in the Mekong Region including the development of a management plan, vulnerability assessments in three Ramsar sites as well as the development of national working groups on water and wetlands governance in the Region.

SUMERNET will contribute to the project’s design and facilitate links with the regional partners to enable outreach with researchers and policy actors in the region. SUMERNET will also contribute to the communications aspects of the initiative by producing relevant materials and increasing awareness among communities, policymakers and media.Global Resilience Partnership Team Workshop, Bangkok, 8-9 April 2015

The GRC is a key activity of the Global Resilience Partnership. The Global Resilience Partnership (“Resilience Partnership”) is a new model that seeks to solve today’s complex and interrelated resilience challenges by better aligning humanitarian and development planning; developing new models for accessing, integrating, and using data and information; advancing evidence-based tools and approaches to help prioritize and scale up the most promising resilience investments and innovations; and connecting civil society and governments with private sector resources and expertise.

The Global Resilience Challenge asked teams to submit their “vision and plan for taking a multi-disciplinary and multi-sectoral approach to solving the greatest resilience challenges across the Sahel, the Horn of Africa and South and Southeast Asia”.

The first activity within the Resilience Partnership is the Global Resilience Challenge (“Challenge”), a a multi-phase resilience design focused on bringing together people and organizations from across sectors to collaborate on bold and innovative solutions to the toughest resilience challenges in the three focus regions: the Horn of Africa, the Sahel, and South and Southeast Asia.

Multi-sectoral teams will be funded to collectively research and diagnose problems, and develop locally driven, high-impact solutions that can build resilience and improve understanding of regional vulnerabilities and strengths along with fostering collaboration, increasing capacity, and building resilience on a large scale. The Challenge aims to improve the lives of millions by enabling the most vulnerable to build resilience to acute shocks and chronic stresses, thereby escaping from poverty and the cycle of crisis.

At Stage One, teams compete for funding to be used in Stage Two. At Stage Two, teams receive funding to develop a Problem Statement, a Solution Statement, and Solution Implementation Plan. Teams then compete for Stage Three implementation funding. Once Problem Statements are publicized, new, unfunded teams can enter the competition for a reserved amount of Stage Three funding.

The selected resilience topics, team leaders, and lead organizations, designated by focus region are available in the GRC website. For more details, please visit the external link given below.