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Mainstreaming EbA - Strengthening ecosystem based adaptation in decision making processes

As of: October 2020

Objective and activities

Ecosystem-based adaptation to climate change and the integration of climate risks are becoming more and more a central component of planning and implementation processes at international, national and local level (mainstreaming). The global project offers support for the exchange of learning experiences. Partners are UN organisations and development banks, Ministries of finance, planning and other ministries as well as the private sector (e.g. the tourism sector, insurance, construction industry). It is not only a question of increasing knowledge on concepts, methods, instruments and success criteria of ecosystem-based adaptation strategies, but rather to develop practical solutions together with the partners for dissemination and implementation in selected pilot measures. With a focus on the exchange of knowledge and experience the project also supports a global learning and knowledge network and feeds the knowledge gained from experience into UN negotiations.

State of implementation/results

  • In cooperation with the project "Strengthening Evidence and Informing Policy“ by IIED, the project developed criteria for EbA.
  • Relevant EbA case studies and methods from a variety of other projects and initiatives are being collected and reviewed. 133 EbA solutions have been published on the online platform PANORAMA.
  • PANORAMA has been visited over 50,000 times within the las year. EbA case studies have been handed in from 47 countries, from 45 different organisations and encompass 43 different ecosystems.
  • PANORAMA is mentioned by UNFCCC Nairobi Work Programme (NWP) and CBD Secretary in reports and websites as an important knowledge exchange platform (i.e. in the NWP Adaptation Knowledge Portal, NWP Synthesis Report for Adaptation by using ecosystems and the CBD Voluntary Guidelines for EbA & Eco DRR. 30 EbA case studies are presented in the publication “Solutions in focus – EbA from mountains to oceans”.
  • Trainings on EbA were developed and delivered in 12 countries.
  • 18 webinars were held and are available on The topics were EbA criteria, vulnerability and risk analysis, options for prioritization, financing and entry points for mainstreaming, EbA in urban and rural contexts as well as EbA and insurances.
  • The webinars were used for networking and capacity development by over 150 users per webinar. The webinars are available through and on a EbA YouTube channel (…) for the general public.
  • Organisation of side events such as the “EbA knowledge day” during the climate negotiations.
  • A study on EbA and the significance of governance has been published.
  • A publication on EbA and the insurance sector has been published.
  • A working paper on impact measurement in Miraflores, Peru has been developed in English and Spanish.
  • A guidebook for monitoring and evaluation of EbA measures will be published in March/April 2020.
  • The EbA tools navigator has been developed jointly with IIED, IUCN and UNEP/WCMC.
  • An overview document on the knowledge products of the EbA mainstreaming project has been developed and is updated on a regular basis.

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Project data

Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, Grenada, India, Indonesia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Mali, Mexico, Peru, Philippines, South Africa, Tajikistan, Thailand, Vietnam

Partner institution(s):
  • Diverse climate change relevant institutions in the respective partner countries/Diverse klimarelevante Institutionen in den entsprechenden Partnerländern
  • International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) - Switzerland
  • South African National Biodiversity Institute

BMU grant:
8.000.000,00 €

07/2015  till  05/2022



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