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Mainstreaming EbA - Strengthening ecosystem based adaptation in decision making processes

As of: November 2020

Ecosystem-based adaptation (EBA) to the impacts of climate change and the integration of climate risks are increasingly forming a central and integral part of planning and implementation processes at a local, national and international level. This project is actively supporting this development while also offering support for know-how transfer. Apart from ensuring the transfer of domain expertise on concepts, methods, instruments and success criteria for ecosystem-based adaptation strategies, there is also a clear focus on working with partners to develop and disseminate pragmatic solutions, which are then rolled out as pilots in selected countries. Project partners include UN organisations, development banks and ministries, as well as a number of private enterprise sectors such as tourism, insurance and construction. By focusing on the transfer of know-how and experience, the project is also supporting a global learning and knowledge network, and allowing UN negotiations to draw on empirical knowledge.

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 adaptationcommunity.net. 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 www.adaptationcommunity.net and on a EbA YouTube channel (www.youtube.com/…) 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

Country:
Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, Grenada, India, Indonesia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Mali, Mexico, Peru, Philippines, South Africa, Tajikistan, Thailand, Viet Nam

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 €

Duration:
07/2015  till  05/2022


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