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Climate-SDGs Integration Project: Supporting the implementation of the Paris Agreement and the 2030 Agenda through ecosystem-based adaptation

As of: March 2021

The project will support the implementation of ecosystem based adaptation (EbA) in Guatemala and India as a contribution to the synergetic achievement of NDCs and SDGs. A core deliverable of the project is a roadmap in each partner country that includes prioritized actions for the better implementation of EbA and the conditions for their successful implementation. The project will develop a better understanding of criteria and preconditions for EbA measures to contribute to both NDCs and SDGs through inclusive, participatory multi-stakeholder dialogues at local and national level. To contribute to communities’ resilience, food security and poverty reduction and to ensure the social dimension of sustainability, the project will take due account of the principles laid out in the “Voluntary Guidelines on the Responsible Governance of Tenure of Land - VGGTs”.

State of implementation/results

  • Implementation of the first National Forum on EbA to Climate Change in Guatemala. Representatives from civil society, private sector, government, science and international cooperation met for a three-day event to exchange knowledge about EbA and to develop future-oriented scaling options. The event culminated in the signing of a joint declaration on the importance of EbA in Guatemala
  • Empirical studies on the effectiveness and success factors of EbA are being conducted in watersheds in Guatemala and India, together with local partners
  • Establishment of a technical advisory group for EbA in Guatemala. This group, consisting of key national actors from the public and private sectors, civil society, academia and international cooperation, is actively involved in developing a strategic plan for scaling up EbA. This should lead to more social and political support for the issue at national level
  • Implementation of the side-event project "never fail, and projects never scale..: How to improve donor-funded projects to create a more enabling environment for upscaling ecosystem-based adaptation" during the Global Soil Week 2019 in Nairobi (see link)
  • Multi-stakeholder meeting to develop the strategic plan for scaling up EbA has confirmed the importance of EbA in Maharashtra and India. In the context of Maharahstra (predominantly semi-arid and characterized by small-scale agriculture), EbA is understood as a holistic and climate-oriented approach and as a way to improve existing programmes, especially in the field of watershed development
  • Establishment of an expert group from key sectors (biodiversity, agriculture, Climate Change), which will advise on the process of developing a strategy for EbA upscaling in Maharashtra, India
  • Publication of the brochure "ECOSYSTEM_BASED ADAPTATION - Nature-based Solutions to Climate Change" (see link)
  • Publication of an article in the IKI-India newsletter "Climate-SDGs Integration Project: Supporting the implementation of Paris Agreement and Sustainable Development goals through Ecosystem based Adaptation" (see link)

Further Links

Project data

Guatemala, India

Implementing organisation:
TMG Research gGmbH

Political partner(s):
  • Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change (MoEFCC) - India
  • Ministry of Foreign Affairs - Guatemala
  • Ministry of Foreign Affairs - India

Implementing partner(s):
  • Asociación de Desarrollo Integral Mitij Ixoq' - Guatemala
  • Watershed Organisation Trust (WOTR)
  • World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) - Guatemala/Mesoamerica

BMU grant:
2.444.490,00 €

01/2018  till  03/2021


Supporting implementation of the Paris Agreement and the Sustainable Development Goals through Ecosystem-based Adaptation (PDF, 1,38 MB, english)


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