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

As of: January 2022

Ecosystem services can make an important contribution to increase resiliance against the impacts of climate change. The project examines the effectiveness of ecosystem-based adaptation (EbA) to the impacts of climate change. It creates a basis for making decisions on international agreements, makes the development of national adaptation plans (NAP) available and influences their design. The project focuses on EbA projects in up to twelve countries in Asia, Central America, Africa and South America. Based on this analysis, appropriate policy recommendations are developed in cooperation with local partners, who are closely networked with the national planning processes. Among other channels, the dissemination of the results takes place via the Nairobi Work Programme the UNFCCC Adaptation Committee. The results are also shared at NAP events, in scientific journals, on existing knowledge platforms and in adaptation networks, ensuring that EbA measures are included in the broad international discussions.

State of implementation/results

  • Launch of a web-based navigator for instruments at the IUCN World Conservation Congress.
  • A project case study from China is included in a new report developed with partners in the CAN_UK NbS Working Group.
  • Publication of an analysis on the role of "nature" in South Africa's NDC.
  • Publication of a storymap and blog on EbA and water on World Water Day.
  • Project results were featured in IIED's 2020 Annual Review.
  • In collaboration with FEBA members, a photo and video gallery was published showing how EbA has helped local communities build resilience to other shocks such as COVID-19. The photos and videos were also used to publish a multimedia storymap presented during Climate Adaptation Week."
  • An online seminar entitled "Nature-based solutions to climate change: from global ambition to local action" was conducted.
  • The project has developed a variety of studies, events, and knowledge products, which can be found in the related links.

Further Links

Project data

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

Political partner(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 Forests and Environment - Nepal
  • Ministry of Water and Environment - Uganda
  • National Office of Protected Areas (SERNANP) - Peru

Implementing partner(s):
  • International Union for Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources (IUCN) - Switzerland

BMU grant:
2.215.355,14 €

07/2015  till  12/2022


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