GCUA 2030 Climate Action Challenge

Last changed: 21 September 2022
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The GCUA 2030 Climate Action Challenge will develop the interdisciplinary teamwork skills and intercultural competence of the participants.

Several GCUA 2030 partners are currently developing a Climate Action Challenge. This is a hybrid activity that GCUA 2030 PhD students can either follow as a credited course or a freestanding activity.

In this case study activity, PhD students from diverse disciplines and diverse GCUA 2030 partner universities will team up in groups. These groups will engage in a challenge, where they are asked to develop and critically analyse a so-called Nature-based or Natural Climate Solution (NCS) that mitigates climate change. NCS use the capacity of natural processes and/or ecosystems to take up emitted carbon and/or to mitigate effects of climate change.

Each group will have to develop a specific solution and apply it to specific, but diverse, geographic and socio-ecological contexts. After having described their solution, groups then analyse how it affects the other Sustainable Development Goals using an intercultural and interdisciplinary approach.

Through this analysis, groups will identify trade-offs and synergies of the proposed NCS among diverse SDGs. Groups will present their overall outcome as a Theory of Change that will be evaluated by an independent GCUA 2030 panel. The winning group will be awarded with an attractive prize. The GCUA 2030 Climate Action Challenge is planned for 2023.

If you have questions and or ideas you would like to share, please contact Joris Cromsigt: joris.cromsigt@slu.se.

The case study challenge is funded by STINT, the Swedish Foundation for International Cooperation in Research and Higher Education. 



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