The practice stream comprises of developers and people with existing innovative climate solutions with potentials to be up scaled or people with beta level or prototype climate solutions that can be advanced further and have high chances of successful implementation with impact at the ground level. The stream will start with an inception training on development and implementation of practical climate solutions. This training will have two components; the common training (for all streams) that will last three days and a separate specific training on practical climate solutions, which will also last another three days. The specific training will focus on, among others, the choice of solutions that will address the gaps in AR5, implementation of climate solutions in society, action research and the participation of other stakeholders, and scaling the adoption of climate solutions.
As in the other streams, selected researchers/practitioners will be expected to develop a draft proposal describing what kind of practical climate solution they would like to advance and implement before coming for the inception training. The solution will need to have been informed by a comprehensive and relevant literature review of existing climate solutions. Selected researchers/practitioners will receive feedback on how to elaborate and refine their draft proposals from the training facilitators as well as from other grantees from the three streams.
Under this stream, ten (10) mid-level researchers/practitioners or teams of researchers/practitioners will receive US$ 8,000 for one year to advance and test, in real world settings, innovative climate solutions that enhance community resilience and have potential for scaling up. Past prototypes or beta climate solutions that have potential for large scale positive change will be advanced. They will use participatory action research methods to test and implement these solutions on the ground with communities or organizational practitioners and to monitor their impact. The results should be publishable in peer-reviewed journals, used to shape policy and further research and to inform practice.