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Student Challenge: Nature-based Future

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Organiser's description (via WUR Student Challenges):

The Nature-based Future Challenge

In November 2023 Wageningen University & Research launches the first edition of the international student competition Nature-based Future Challenge in the Bengal Delta, Bangladesh. 

International student teams are asked to visualise the potential of nature-based solutions to respond to the biggest challenges of the 21st century: climate change and biodiversity loss. Based on soil and water data, and interviews with local stakeholders and experts, the teams will create a vision for Bangladesh in 2100 and present it in the form of maps, illustrative renderings and a convincing and inspiring description of the future. The results of the Challenge will provide inspiration and transformative pathways for decision-makers and a hopeful perspective for future generations. The vision will have to ensure food- & water security, be biodiversity positive, enhance climate adaptability and have a positive social impact.

Will you join?

The Challenge is open to BSc, MSc, and PhD students worldwide. Relevant study backgrounds include, but is definitely not limited to, Landscape architecture, Spatial planning, International Development, Social Sciences Forestry, (Organic) Agriculture, Nature Conservation, Environmental Sciences, Land, Water, Urban and Marine Resources Management, Responsible Tourism, etc. You can join with your own team or register as single participants and be assigned to a team.

It is a unique opportunity to boost your professional skills, learn from and network with industry leaders and experts from NGO’s, governments and academia, from the Netherlands, Bangladesh and beyond. You will meet and exchange ideas with students from universities worldwide. Top teams receive a participation certificate and travel & accommodation budget to attend the Grand Finals in the Netherlands. The prize for the winning team is 9000 EUR.

Want to know more? Then check out our events page and sign up for our online info-session on October 17th, at 3 PM CEST.

Register for the Challenge (until 19 Nov 2023)


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You can find more information about the Challenge on our website and in our info-kit, including the flyer, the poster and a short ppt presentation including the details of the assignment and a timeline.