In 2019, Conservation X Labs will launch a Global Grand Challenge Series called Saving Water for Nature to source and accelerate scalable solutions for water & biodiversity conservation.

The Artisanal Mining Grand Challenge

The first Saving Water for Nature Grand Challenge

Conservation X Labs and its partners is launching a prize-backed innovation challenge in October 2019 to incentivize scalable and transformative solutions to drive change in the growing artisanal and small-scale mining (ASM) sector.

ASM activities threaten the health of ecosystems and human communities worldwide, and ASM practices are linked to habitat destruction, species’ population decline, poor water quality, hydrological changes, poor air quality, and poor human health.

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Despite the social and environmental costs, artisanal scale mining is a source of livelihood for an estimated 30+ million people worldwide. Credit: Planet Labs (Peruvian Amazon)

Despite the social and environmental costs, artisanal scale mining is a source of livelihood for an estimated 30+ million people worldwide. Credit: Planet Labs (Peruvian Amazon)


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We are looking for partners to help execute and amplify the challenge as well as additional funding to either deepen the impact of an individual challenge or expand the topics we engage and incentivize.

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The Saving Water for Nature Landscape Analysis

Ten Grand Challenges for Water and Biodiversity Conservation

The report

As part of our scoping and design process for The Grand Challenges for Conservation, Conservation X Labs developed a landscape analysis that identifies the most pressing challenges in the field where technology and innovation can lead to exponential solutions to address the underlying drivers of extinction.

The problems facing freshwater ecosystems need revolutionary, rather than evolutionary, solutions to scale over the next decade. Saving Water for Nature: Ten Grand Challenges for Water and Biodiversity Conservation outlines opportunities for technology and innovation to radically transform the future for freshwater ecosystems and the human communities that rely on them.

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The Process

Over the course of 2018, Conservation X Labs conducted an extensive literature review and consultations, as well as researched past and ongoing prize and challenge competitions that address water and biodiversity conservation to develop the Grand Challenges proposed in the report.

The research process was supplemented by two ideation meetings, the Water Little Think (March 2018) and the Water Big Think (May 2018), that convened world-renown experts from a variety of relevant sectors and institutions—conservation, multinational corporations, academia, and international development—to help prioritize the topics for a set of Grand Challenges.

The  Water Big Think  gathered experts at Lake Tahoe in May, 2018.

The Water Big Think gathered experts at Lake Tahoe in May, 2018.