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DM2009 Winners

WinnerProject NumberProject Title
Subtheme 1: Resilience of Indigenous Peoples (IP) Communities to Climate Risks

Belize: Helping the Q’eqchi Maya Thrive with Sustainable Forest Management

Uncontrolled development, climate change, and social marginalization are threatening the livelihoods of the Q’eqchi people of southern Belize as well as the existence of several animal species. A DM grant will help the Sarstoon Temash Institute for Indigenous Management set up a community-based enterprise to manage forest resources so that the logging is sustainable. Protecting the forest will mitigate climate change, support biodiversity, and prevent soil erosion.
1661Colombia: Traditional Knowledge Is the Prescription for Environmental Land Management 
Climate change is affecting ecosystems in the rainforest of Putumayo, Colombia, causing disappearance of animals and fruits, as well as drought and flooding. The Organización Zonal Indigena del Putumayo, has been selected for an award to develop land-use plans for 207,000 hectares of forest, using GIS and traditional indigenous knowledge.
1041Costa Rica: Adaptive Natural Resources Management Will Bolster Cabécar Communities 
About 10 tropical storms hit the Cabécar communities in Costa Rica every year, often flooding the area. A project by a local NGO, Ixacavaa, has been selected for a DM award to rescue ancestral knowledge and combine it with new technologies to ensure that local production systems and resource management is climate-resilient.
1503Guatemala: Empowering Guatemala’s Indigenous Communities to Cope with Climate Change
Planning for adaptation to climate change must include indigenous communities. To make this happen in Guatemala, the Associación Sotz’il and the NGO Conservation International will receive a DM award to engage indigenous groups in planning use of communal lands and other issues. This will open the door for these groups to participate in national policymaking on adaptation to climate change.
1335Nicaragua: Drought-Hardy “Food Forests” to Help Miskito Children Weather the Storm
Nicaragua’s Miskito communities are hit by droughts, storm, floods and hurricanes. To roll back deforestation, restore wild game, and deliver better nutrition for 2,500 children, MASAGNI will use an award to cultivate Maya Nut trees. The nutrition-rich Maya Nut will generate five million pounds of food a year, improving health and local incomes.
1358Peru: Adapting Native Andean Crops for Food Security in the Face of Climate Change 
Indigenous people are most vulnerable to the negative effects of climate change because they depend on a complex ecosystem. A DM grant to Peru’s Associación ANDES will support plant-breeding to increase diversity and production of nutritious potatoes and other tubers, improving health, incomes and quality of life for the community’s people.
1630Peru: Indigenous Wisdom and Biomathematics: Amazonians Tackle Climate Change
Combining ancestral knowledge with the latest in bio-mathematical software to analyze GIS data, the CCNN Kechwa Copal Sacha-Urku Estudios Amazonicos Community, and Urku Estudios Amazonicos, will use a DM grant to help1,500 indigenous people in the Peruvian Amazon better manage their production systems, protect their forest and increase their income.
1532Russia: Climate Change Education Is Best Hope for Siberian Grassroots Communities
Land rights for indigenous people in northern Russia are not legally-recognized, and they are excluded from discussions on national climate strategies. A DM grant will help the Centre for Support of Indigenous Peoples of the North (CSIPN) train indigenous people in Siberia to develop a climate adaptation strategy, and monitor progress on its implementation. 
1641Samoa: Samoans Turn to Traditional Housing as a Sanctuary from Climate Risks 
Cyclones often hit Samoa, destroying many houses. The most resilient houses use traditional designs. With a DM grant, Afeafe o Vaetoefaga Pacific Academy of Cultural Restoration, Research and Development, will gather knowledge from Samoan elders to build three model Samoan houses in three coastal sites while also providing public education on climate risk. The project will reinvigorate village-based practices for teaching, growing materials, and designing construction. 
Subtheme 2: Climate Risk Management with Multiple Benefits (MP)
5108Bolivia: Reducing Risks for Biodiversity Conservation Using Adaptive Fire Management 
In Bolivia, as in many countries, farmers burn forests to expand farmland. To reduce the risk that this practice leads to uncontrolled forest fires, the Fundación Amigos de la Naturaleza and the Prefectura of the Department of Santa Cruz in Bolivia, will receive a DM award to coordinate burning to dates that offer favorable climate conditions, thereby reducing risk of runaway forest fires.
3171Djibouti: Solar Desalination Offers Hope Against Risk of Aquifer Pollution by Seawater 
In a dry country like Djibouti, people depend on aquifers for freshwater. But these are threatened by rising sea level and altered rainfall patterns. The Centre d’Études et de Recherches de Djibouti, and TSS Spinning and Weaving of Kenya, are receiving an award to develop solar powered desalination plants.
3959Ethiopia: Innovative Pilot Scheme Would Match Seeds to the Needs of Women Farmers 
In Ethiopia, climate change is behind crop failures, posing a threat to food security. A DM grant will enable Biodiversity International to protect the livelihoods of some 200 vulnerable women farmers, by providing access to seeds for locally-adapted varieties of crops. The project draws from gene banks, indigenous know ledge and farmer know-how, as well as traditional ways of adapting to climate variability. 
4561India: Portable Solar/Wind Greenhouse to Grow Fodder for Sustainable Dairy Farms
In India, a shortage of green animal-feed reduces the volume of milk produced, the birthweight of calves, and the potential income of poor farmers. A DM award will help Greenfield Hydroponic Systems, Inc. convert small plots of wasteland into hydroponic greenhouses, using solar and wind-powered technologies to produce green fodder year-round. The project is expected to raise milk yields, calf birthweights and incomes.
4865India: Women and Youth Use Reality-Show Format to Tell of Climate Options 
To raise awareness about adapting to climate change, you need first to get people’s attention. In Bundelkhand, India, the NGO Development Alternatives and the business Social Rural Direction and R. K. Swamy, will use a DM grant to develop reality shows to guide people on how they can adapt to climate change, and reduce the risks. 
4556 Nigeria: African Smallholders to Play Out Climate Drama on the Airwaves 
Small-hold farmers in Nigeria’s Igbo-speaking region have limited access to information about the risks of climate change. Using a DM grant , the Smallholders foundation will produce 20 radio episodes in Igbo, reaching 15 million listeners, outlining how to manage climate change in their communities. Smallholder listeners clubs will use solar-powered interactive radios to provide feedback after the broadcast.
4270Peru: Recuperation of Water Systems on Vulnerable Pre-Hispanic Andean Terraces
Climate change has made the eight-month dry season in Peru’s highlands even drier. The Cusichaca Trust and the Asociación Andina Cusichaca will use a DM grant to restore proven pre-Hispanic water management and terracing practices to conserve water and increase crop yields. -
3333Philippines: Fishing Communities Seek Security in Aquaculture and Mangrove Restoration
Storms and rising sea levels are threatening the livelihood of some 20,000 poor fishing households in Northern Samar in the Philippines. Fishponds in a vast mangrove forest that once protected the villages from storms have been abandoned. With a DM grant, the Trowel Development Foundation will replant mangroves and set up a value-chain system to fatten and market tie-crabs. This will raise local incomes, and build the capacity of fishing villages to adapt to climate change.
3712Philippines: Floating Power Charger: Providing Light in the Darkness of Climate Change 
Heavy flooding in remote areas of the Philippines often knocks out hydro power equipment built in rivers, resulting in blackouts. With a DM grant, Lambs Agri Mechanicals and FSSRI at the University of the Philippines at Los Baños will install floating hydro power generators that can be removed during the increasingly occurring floods, benefiting over 2,000 people.
4307Serbia: Daphnia Grazing to Stem Global Warming-Linked Bacterial Toxins in Fish Ponds 
Global warming has increased the levels of toxic bacteria in fish farming ponds, reducing the quality of the fish meat and even making it unfit to sell. A DM grant will help SZTR Sunce develop a small-scale biological method for controlling levels of the toxin. The approach, which uses Daphnia—a small plankton crustacean— would be applicable in any region where water quality restricts fish farming.
Subtheme 3: Climate Adaptation and Disaster Risk Management (DRM)
5057Burkina Faso: Earth-Roofed Housing: Cheap, Sustainable Shelter to Face Desertification 
Timber is too scarce and costly to use for building houses in Burkina Faso. But with a DM grant, the AVN and La Voute Nubienne, will undertake a pilot project to train farmers in Boroma district in how to build houses with vaulted roofs of earth bricks.
4949Dominican Republic: Wave Energy Converter to Mitigate Ocean-Wave Damage and Beach Erosion
On seacoast and island communities around Paraíso in the Dominican Republic, roads, bridges, and ports built on beaches are often destroyed by storms and tidal waves. With a DM grant, the Universidad Nacional Pedro Henrique Urena will use an underwater mechanical apparatus to reduce the force of ocean waves and convert the wave energy into electricity.
4646Ecuador: Elevated Bamboo Houses Designed to Lift Communities Above Flood Zones
Increased flooding in Ecuador’s coastal regions often destroys people’s homes. The International Network for Bamboo and Rattan joined the Catholic University of Santiago de Guayaquil to develop a plan to build 500 elevated, flood-resistant bamboo houses. With a DM award, they will not only bring a new and safer home to 500 families, but also link a thousand farmers and 500 builders with an existing bamboo housing supply chain.
3349El Salvador: Healthy Wells and Latrines Keep Water Drinkable for Vulnerable Communities
More frequent and intense floods in communities along the coast in El Salvador means contaminated water, as wells and poorly built latrines flood too. With a Development Marketplace grant, PRO-VIDA and Oxfam America will install innovative healthy wells and sealed latrines which, along with awareness programs, will protect community health. 
4311Peru: Saving Glaciers: Artisanal Industry Aims to Stop the Melt and Save Water
Climate change is melting tropical glaciers. A DM award will support Glaciares Peru as it engages local workers in the Peruvian highlands to produce a reflective cover that can be painted on the rocks surrounding glaciers. This will stop glacial melting and help restore glacial mass—a vital form of freshwater storage in the high Andes and the world. 
3191Philippines: Bell and Bottle: Low-Cost Warning System for Flood/Slide-Prone Communities
An innovative system using soda bottles and bells to detect imminent landslides and floods will protect over 12,000 people in remote communities in the Philippines. This proposal by the Farming and Soil Resources Institute of the University of the Philippines at Los Baños, and the Center for Initiative and Research for Climate Adaptation, is winner of a DM award.
3906Philippines: Strengthening Disaster Preparedness of Southern Leyte with SMS Technology
Rising sea level and shifting rainfall means more natural disasters in the southern Leyte region of the Philippines. A DM grant will help the Philippines Business for Social Progress better prepare the region’s residents for disasters by raising awareness of disaster risks by using mobile phone technology to provide announcements and information-on-demand. 


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