Youth Policy Case Competition

Winners of the 2020 Adaptation Youth Policy Case Competition

 Winner of the 2020 Youth Adaptation Case Competition: Team 5 – Clima de Eleição 

 Winner of the 2020 Youth Adaptation Case Competition – Public Prize: Team 5 – Clima de Eleição 

As part of the technical examination process on adaptation (TEP-A) in 2020, an adaptation policy case competition targeting youth ages 18-30 took place. The winner of this competition was chosen through a thorough evaluation of their submitted cases as well as the presentation in front of an expert jury during the finals (see video below). The winning team was announced during the UNFCCC Climate Change Dialogues.

The winner of the overall competition will travel to COP26 to share the teams case with an expert audience and have further possibilities to network and expand the reach of their idea.

The winner of the Public Prize will receive a copy of the book: “The Future We Choose: Surviving the Climate Crisis” by Christiana Figueres and Tom Rivett-Carnac”

Expert judges:

Alessandra Sgobbi, Co-Chair of the Adaptation Committee
Cecilia Bernardo da Silva, Co-Chair of the Adaptation Committee
David Howlett, Senior Adviser, UK Climate Champions Team
Youssef Nassef, Director, Adaptation Division, UNFCCC secretariat

Teams in the finals

Team 1 – Masamaa platform for coffee tree adoption in Indonesia

Team members: Ida Bagus Made Wirawan; Raras Mulat Sari; Amandine Dubourg

Team 2 – Enhancing food system resilience: an adaptation strategy in urban setting

Team members: Anjela Mae Era; Florenz Dean Cojuangco; Josen Brian Laserna; Cesar Ian Rosal 

Team 3 – match-a (Match Adaptation Projects)

Team members: Aaliyah Abdullah; Nur Azierah binti Ansar Ahmed Khan; Robin Goon Wooi Yeang; Nurul Farhana binti Abdul Shukor; Lhavanya A/P Dharmalingam  

Team 4 -Penchala River Restoration Programme

Team members: Justin Liew Jin Soong; Julian Anthony Theseira; Chew Ai Hui; Wong Zi Ni; Nachatira Thuraichamy

Team 5 – Clima de Eleição

Team members: João Henrique Alves Cerqueira; Beatriz Pagy; Gabriela Baesse; Igor Vieira

Team 6 – Addressing climate data gaps through the use of local radio shows to influence policy making at the devolved government level in Kenya

Team members: Arnold Sawe; Cherop Soy; Koech Irvine Kiplangat

The challenge
Climate change presents the most urgent long-term challenge the world has ever faced. At the same time, it presents an opportunity to reimagine how we interact with the natural world and, by adapting to climate change, to build a greener, healthier, and safer future. Since its launch in 2016, the Technical Examination Process on Adaptation (TEP-A), including the Technical Expert Meetings on Adaptation (TEM-A) that have been at the heart of the process, have illustrated a variety of challenges and opportunities related to different dimensions of adaptation ranging from finance, to policy integration, to vulnerable groups and ecosystems. For the fifth and final TEM-A, the UNFCCC secretariat and Adaptation Committee are inviting young people from around the world to share their ideas on how policymakers can tackle enduring adaptation challenges and build resilience to worsening climate change impacts. 

Youth (aged 18-30) are invited to form small teams to select and describe an adaptation-related challenge (your chosen case study) and propose an innovative solution to the challenge targeted to policymakers. These challenges can be drawn from the findings of the TEP-A from 2016-2019 (see reports from previous years at For example, how can policymakers better direct adaptation finance to the local level? How can governments speed up the development and deployment of adaptation-related technologies? How can ecosystem-based adaptation be applied effectively in urban settings? You may also choose a challenge affecting your own community or draw your inspiration from current affairs. For example, you may propose a solution that helps policymakers with the challenge of responding to the COVID-19 pandemic in a manner that helps them build long-term resilience to climate change.

The Rules


  • Teams of 3-5 individuals must submit their entries to the policy case competition by 30 September 2020, 23:59 CEST which describe the challenge (case study) they are responding to, as well as their proposed solution. Submissions can be made in the form of presentation slides (up to 10 slides), documents (up to 5 pages), or videos (up to 5 minutes) and should be submitted via this form. Please note that you must include a primary e-mail address for the submission in the first question on the form; this will be the e-mail address that receives a response receipt (if requested) and this e-mail should be the same as the e-mail address of one of the entrants (i.e. enter one email address twice, first in the general Email address slot and second under the entrant’s information).
  • Entrants must be between 18-30 years old as of the original submission deadline (15 September 2020).
  • Entries that do not meet these criteria will be disqualified.
  • Additionally, teams are encouraged, though not required, to be interdisciplinary, including individuals with diverse experiences and expertise. Where appropriate, teams should incorporate the 2020 TEP-A theme of “education and training, public participation and youth to enhance adaptation action” in their solution. Entries will not, however, have points deducted if this theme is not explicitly incorporated.
The judging criteria
  • Innovation and creativity – your solution should build on good practices and conventional wisdom in the field of adaptation, but it should also strive to inject a new perspective into the discussion.
  • Targeting – your solution should be primarily targeted towards policymakers. The solution itself does not need to be a policy proposal – it can be an app, financial mechanism, initiative, or anything else—but it should be something that policymakers can make use of as they seek to tackle the challenge you have identified.
  • Feasibility – your solution should be feasible to implement with limited financial and human resources.
Evaluation and rewards
  • Finalists will be notified by October 2020 and invited to present their solutions in a virtual showcase where judges and an audience will be able to offer feedback and ask questions. Further details regarding the presentations will be sent to finalists along with the notification that they have made it to the next round.
  • Up to three members of the first-place team, as judged by a panel of experts, will be invited to travel to Glasgow and be recognized at the COP 26 climate conference in Glasgow (set to take place in November 2021) and will be presented with a platform to share their idea during the conference.