Much of the overfishing and destructive fishing activities in the region can be attributed to illegal, unreported, and unregulated (IUU) fishing.
Examples of proposals: tools to monitor, detect, or report illegal fishing activities
Sustainable consumption and production is about "decoupling economic growth from environmental degradation, increasing resource efficiency and promoting sustainable lifestyles."
Examples of proposals: tools for better traceability in a company's supply chain; transparency mechanisms for consumable goods
Before COVID-19, Southeast Asia had one of the most vibrant and fastest-growing tourism industry in the world. Technology and innovation could help kickstart a sustainable recovery.
Examples of proposals: a platform consolidating "green" ratings for tourism establishments; a tourism carbon footprint calculator
Long coastlines and heavily populated low-lying areas make Southeast Asia extremely vulnerable to weather extremes and rising sea levels associated with climate change.
Examples of proposals: tools to monitor a country's progress towards the Paris Agreement, low-cost hardware to harness renewable energy.
Addressing marine issues requires active, intentional, and effective ways to engage others and inspire new ways of advancing or promoting scientific information.
Examples of proposals: citizen science platforms, innovations that promote transparency and accountability
Application Period (February 1, 2021 to March 14, 2021)
Apply through the online form here. Download the draft application form here. Participants will be notified about the status of their application by March 27, 2021. Up to 18 teams will be selected for the next phase.
Reboot Camp (April-May 2021)
Participants from the 18 teams will be required to attend the project kick-off meeting on April 17, virtual workshops on May 8 and 22, and two one-hour mentorship sessions to enhance their proposed initiatives. See Reboot Camp schedule for details.
Project Pitching (June 2021)
H20 participants will pitch their projects to a panel. The top five entries (one per country) will receive up to $2,000 of seed funding to support activities during the incubation period. The funds may be spent on the purchase of equipment or materials, professional fees for resource persons or consultants, or subscription platforms (e.g., cloud storage). Proponents must submit a budget proposal for review and approval before disbursement of funds.
Incubation (June-December 2021)
Initiatives that receive funding will implement activities and provide bi-monthly updates (every other month) to SPS on their progress through short online calls.
H20 Summit (January 2022)
Participants will attend the H20 Summit in the Philippines to report and celebrate accomplishments (pending restrictions on travel and mass gatherings).
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