Development Marketplace 2009 goes into business on Tuesday, Nov. 10, 2009, with an intense four-day global competition among "100 ideas to save the planet," including some helping the world’s most vulnerable people adapt to threatening climate change.
The public is invited, but visitors must register. Here’s the four-day agenda for the event, which will be held in the Main Complex of the World Bank Group in Washington, DC. (Visitors should enter the Bank at 18th Street and Pennsylvania Avenue NW.)
Coming on the heels of the publication of the Bank’s World Development Report 2010: Development and Climate Change, DM2009 has sub-themes aimed at producing streamlined, easy-to-scale innovations that will help protect people in developing countries, especially the poorest, who live in the most climate-vulnerable places and situations.
The three sub-themes:
1) resilience of Indigenous Peoples (at left, photo of Andes family),
2) climate risk management with multiple benefits and
3) climate adaptation and disaster risk management.
DM 2009's “100 ideas to save the planet” from the hundred finalists are creative but practical proposals culled from more than 1,700 applications. The finalists come from 47 countries, and include members of Indigenous Peoples, who number 250 million globally and are among the Earth’s most environmentally threatened inhabitants.
Twenty to 25 competition’s projects will be among the winners, and each will receive a grant of up to $200,000 to turn the ideas into action over two years.
The Development Marketplace is administered by the World Bank. The 2009 competition is funded by the Global Environment Facility (GEF) and additional DM partners.
For more about DM2009, visit the website.