Adapterra Awards

The Adapterra Awards are looking for functioning adaptation measures that help our countries adapt to climate change. The best practice examples get into the Adapterra database, which inspires experts and the general public.

About the contest


We are looking for heroes of adaptation measures
to climate change

Every year, we organize a contest for the best adaptation measures to climate change in the Czech Republic and in Austria.

We use the nominated projects to inspire a wide range of people, experts, and the public. The public are also able to get involved through online voting for the best project. The annual expert conferences provide a space for networking.

Take a look at the examples of good practice that took part in the Czech Adapterra Awards 2021 contest.

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Inspirational database

​Thanks to the contest, we have created a database of smartly crafted solutions. Today, this database includes over 150 projects in total. Some are available only in Czech, others in English.

Have you also implemented any adaptation measure to climate change? Nominate it to the database of good examples Adapterra.

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Contest categories


We want fertile and lukewarm soil around us, not arid steppe. Adaptation measures implemented in the landscape mitigate the effects of climate fluctuations and long-term trends. These can be near- flood protection, anti-erosion measures on agricultural land, wetland restoration and revitalization and pools, or other traditional and innovative solutions.

Urban areas

We need to make city life pleasant or at least bearable in the summer heat, as well as during harsh winters. Adaptation measures in cities and municipalities must contribute to mitigating the city´s thermal island effect and also be able to properly utilize and retain water, or quickly remove it under heavy short-term rainfall. Examples of such solutions include building rainwater permeable surfaces or increasing green areas.

Working environment

It is our intention that both private companies and public institutions not only adapt to climate change, but also contribute actively to climate change adaptation by influencing their immediate environment. For example, implementing new technological solutions for operations and office buildings, focusing on water reuse and the use of renewable resources.

Our home

We can all adapt to climate change by adapting our homes and their surroundings. An example of house-level adaption is the reuse of water, including grey or rain water. Improve the surroundings microclimate by installing a green roof, creating a natural garden with pond, or using a home water treatment plant.


How serious is the climate affecting this area? Does it respond to problems that require solutions in terms of expected climate development in our countries? These include floods, heat waves and other weather patterns.

We are interested in whether the measure works in different situations or is very flexible and allows for adaptations to the evolution of climate change and also addresses more climate change issues. Can there be a negative impact on other adaptation interests?

What side effect does the project have? Is it beneficial for the recreation of the population or has it supported the permeability of the territory? Does it also contribute to reducing greenhouse gas emissions? Does it have any other positive side effects or is it significantly economically advantageous?

One of the criteria is whether the submitted project has any positive or negative effects on the environment. For example, it supports biodiversity or contributes to greater air purity.

Does the solution have the potential to inspire others to create further adaptation measures? We are also interested in the extent to which the project is replicable. Can the resulting solution also have a negative impact on other adaptation interests?

Process of the contest


An individual or an organization that is either the owner, investor, implementer, or designer of the project can submit the project. If you are not the owner of the land, it is necessary to attach the consent of the landowner.

Editing and Publishing Applications

Until March 31, when signing ends, it is possible to submit applications. Until April 10, it is possible to edit it. In the middle of April, we publish all nominated projects.

Jury Decision Making

The jury will examine the applications carefully. By July 31, they will select final projects that will be guaranteed a place in the Adapterra database.

Public Voting

The winner of each category and other special awards are determined by an expert jury. However, the Adapterra Awards also awards a Public Choice Award in the Czech Republic and Austria. Which project will win? The public will have a chance to decide in the summer via online voting.

Announcement and Conference

On November 1, in addition to the award ceremony, we organize a conference on climate change adaptation. The conference participants will get acquainted with the contest projects in the form of an exhibition.



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