Climate Innovators - Create real solutions to your city’s climate challenge, take action in your city!
How will you benefit from Climathon?
- Help solve your city’s local climate challenge, and make your city more resilient to climate change
- Network with local leaders from academia, business and public authorities
- Develop your skills in public speaking, innovative thinking, prioritisation, and explore new tools and methodologies
- Join forces with other like-minded entrepreneurs and innovators
- Become a part of a global community working together to take climate action!
Application Deadline: 25th October, 2017
1. Air Quality: How to reduce air contaminants coming from internal combustion engines within the city
2. Water management: How to secure water supply to the city considering the effects of climate change
3. Urban agriculture: How to locally produce 20% of the food required by the city
4. Sustainable mobility: Develop alternatives to achieve a more sustainable mobility system
- Air Quality
How to reduce air contaminants coming from internal combustion engines within the city: The city of Armenia is facing increasing challenges regarding air quality, one of those challenges is the large number of cars that do not comply with the emissions set by environmental entities. Public busses and cargo tracks are some of the worst air polluters in the city; additionally the number of new cars allowed to circulate is rapidly increasing without having the adequate infrastructure for such cars.
- Water management
How to secure water supply to the city considering the effects of climate change: Water security is an issue that has been affecting not only Armenia but also neighbouring towns such as Salento y Filandia. The region has suffered from disruptions in the distribution of water to its population; this is mainly caused by prolonged dry periods and high water demand due to tourism during peak seasons. The challenge aims to find more efficient alternatives to the use and recovery of water.
- Urban agriculture
How to achieve a production of 20% of food required in Armenia: Agriculture is one of the main economic drivers of the region. Crops such as plantain, cassava, coriander, avocado, beans and corn have been grown in this area for centuries. Additionally, the region of Quindío makes part of the coffee triangle, alongside the departments of Caldas and Risaralda. The coffee triangle is recognized for producing high quality coffee. The challenge aims to look for solutions that allow people living in urban areas of Armenia to produce part of the food they require. The solutions from the Climathon should inspire the attendees to develop urban infrastructure for producing food locally.
- Sustainable mobility
Develop alternatives to achieve a more sustainable mobility system: The city of Armenia is in the middle of a housing boom, which means that a lot of buildings and residential areas are being built fast and without having a solid infrastructure in terms of roads, bridges and other mobility solutions. This is starting to take a toll on how we move in the city. The time people used to commute from their houses to the places of work and study have now increased significantly. The roads and other related infrastructure designed for moving people is rapidly becoming obsolete; this is not only impacting the time people use to move around but also affecting air quality in the main roads of Armenia. The challenge wants to empower the civil society to think about mobility in an innovative and disruptive manner. We would like to have solutions that really impact the city and become a reality within the coming years.
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