Mobilising More for Climate Competition for Conservation Change-Makers

IUCN Netherlands
Published: 12 December 2019
Last edited: 12 December 2019
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Summary

The Mobilising More 4 Climate (MoMo4C) competition provides a platform, funding and expert advice to local entrepreneurs whose business cases offer climate adaptation and mitigation solutions. In 2019, The Netherlands Committee of the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN NL) initiated and organised the competition in Tanzania, in partnership with the Southern Agricultural Growth Corridor of Tanzania Centre (SAGCOT) and the Netherlands Embassy in Tanzania. Together, they brought groundbreaking local climate business cases to boost sustainable entrepreneurship and climate adaptation in Tanzania. New partnerships in Uganda and Ghana are in the works for 2020.

 

The winner of the Tanzania edition, Birk Agri, combines beekeeping and pollination to enhance the productivity of avocado trees and beans. Birk Agri’s winning package included a €25,000 reward, as well as technical expertise and access to the network of the SAGCOT Centre, to expand their business model sustainably.

Classifications

Region
East and South Africa
Scale of implementation
Local
National
Ecosystem
Area-wide development
Urban ecosystem and build environment
Theme
Adaptation
Biodiversity mainstreaming
Ecosystem services
Mitigation
Science and research
Sustainable financing
Sustainable livelihoods
Challenges
Desertification
Drought
Extreme heat
Floods
Increasing temperatures
Land and Forest degradation
Loss of Biodiversity
Ecosystem loss
Sustainable development goals
SDG 6 – Clean water and sanitation
SDG 7 – Affordable and clean energy
SDG 9 – Industry, innovation and infrastructure
SDG 11 – Sustainable cities and communities
SDG 13 – Climate action
SDG 15 – Life on land
SDG 17 – Partnerships for the goals
Aichi targets
Target 4: Sustainable production and consumption
Target 5: Habitat loss halved or reduced
Target 7: Sustainable agriculture, aquaculture and forestry
Target 10: Ecosystems vulnerable to climate change
Target 14: Ecosystem services
Target 15: Ecosystem restoration and resilience
Target 17: Biodiversity strategies and action plans
Target 19: Sharing information and knowledge
Target 20: Mobilizing resources from all sources

Location

Dar es Salaam, Dar es Salaam Region, Tanzania

Impacts

Tackling climate change requires the concerted effort of multiple stakeholders; the MoMo4C competition provides the space to do just that. It helps to highlight and connect businesses who have valuable solutions for addressing climate change and other environmental problems, with resources to grow, and a local initiative, SAGCOT, whose mission is to promote sustainable agriculture entrepreneurship. Overall, the goal is to build a sustainable ecosystem of solution-providers to develop a more sustainable world. 

 

For example, winning company Birk Agri’s solution has three benefits: beekeeping is critical to preserving the bee population and maintaining biodiversity, increased and sustainable food productivity addresses food security and stable livelihood, and finally, soil-less avocado farmers use less polybags and water.

Contributed by

Fanny Verkuijlen