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Ecosystem-based approaches to adaptation: strengthening the evidence and informing policy

As of: April 2020

Objective and activities

Ecosystem-based Adaptation (EbA) is currently poorly addressed in national and international policy processes. This project will explore the evidence for the effectiveness of EbA on the ground, to inform and influence national adaptation planning processes (NAP). The project will focus on a portfolio of established EbA project sites (funded by IKI and others) in 10-12 countries from across Asia, Africa and Central and South America. Working with local partners who are well connected to national adaptation planning processes, we will translate that analysis into policy recommendations to explore the opportunities for, and obstacles to, the uptake in national adaptation plans and policies. Outreach through the Nairobi Work Programme, the UNFCCC Adaptation Committee, like NAP-related events and through articles and existing adaptation knowledge platforms and networks will help infuse EbA measures into wider policy, planning, funding priorities and international discourse.

State of implementation/results

  • The project has developed a toolkit to measure the effectiveness of ecosystem-based adaptation: "Ecosystem-based adaptation: Question-based guidance for assessing effectiveness" (…)
  • Study on the role of EbA in (Intended) Nationally Determined Contributions (NDC) published
  • Relevant EbA case studies and methods from a variety of other projects and initiatives are being collected and reviewed.
  • Case studies on the evidence base of EbA in South Africa, Kenya, Bangladesh, China, Peru, Chile and Uganda published

Project data

Bangladesh, Burkina Faso, Chile, China, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Kenya, Nepal, Peru, Senegal, South Africa, Uganda

Partner institution(s):
  • Andean Association - Peru, Kenyan Wildlife Service (KWS) - Kenya, Ministry of Environment (MMA) - Chile, Ministry of Environment and Energy (MINAE) - Costa Rica, Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources (MARN) - El Salvador, Ministry of Forest and Soil Conservation - Nepal, Ministry of Water and Environment - Uganda, National Office of Protected Areas (SERNANP) - Peru
  • International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) - Switzerland

BMU grant:
1.815.760,35 €

07/2015  till  05/2020


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