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Global EbA Fund - Support for the Implementation and Upscaling of Ecosystem-based Adaptation

As of: January 2022

The Global EbA Fund is a fast-start support for innovative approaches to ecosystem-based adaptation (EbA). It improves the understanding, planning and expansion of EbA and access to public funding for catalytic adaptation intervention. It prioritises filling funding and knowledge gaps with a broad thematic focus on innovation and urgency, encouraging creative solutions and partnerships among funding applicants. Through its work, the Fund addresses research gaps, pilots innovative EbA approaches, engages in strategic EbA policy mainstreaming, and incentivises innovative finance mechanisms and private sector EbA investment. To multiply its reach, the Fund will leverage relevant partnerships and networks including Friends of EBA, the Global Adaptation Network and the Global Commission on Adaptation.

State of implementation/results

  • The Global EbA Fund (GEBAF) launched successfully the first two Calls for Proposals in March and September 2021
  • 276 applicants submitted proposals following the inaugural call for proposals by the application cut-off of 30 April 2021.
  • A total of US$1,656,115 in grants will be awarded to the first cohort of the Global EbA Fund comprising seven projects.
  • The second call for proposals which closed on 15 September 2021 attracted 622 complete concept note applications from 101 countries. These included 48 regional projects and 10 global projects. The second cohort of grantees will be announced in early 2022.
  • A global survey to gather evidence on overcoming EbA barriers is currently being conducted.
  • Guidelines for Integrating Ecosystem-based Adaptation (EbA) into National Adaptation Plans (NAPs) were released in September 2021 with contribution of the Friends of EbA (FEBA) Working Group (see link)
  • The UNEP Global Adaptation Network organised three stakeholder dialogues on overcoming barriers to catalytic EbA action across three regions - Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean and Asia Pacific. The three dialogues, which drew approximately 500 participants, were held to discuss catalytic and innovative EbA solutions and gather examples and lessons learned to overcome key EbA challenges with a focus on adaptation knowledge, governance and financing.

Further Links

Project data


Implementing organisation:
United Nations Environment Programme (UN Environment) - Kenya

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

BMU grant:
30.000.000,00 €

12/2019  till  06/2025


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