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Promoting Ecosystem based Adaptation through Friends of EbA (FEBA)

As of: September 2021

The concept of ecosystem-based adaptation (EbA) seeks to use biological diversity, natural resources and their ecosystem services in such a way that the ability of people to adapt to the impacts of climate change is increased. Friends of EbA (FEBA) is a global network of stakeholders and organisations involved in the implementation of EbA and its integration into policy making. The BMU supports the network, promoting a mutual learning process and the exchange of experience between these organisations with the aim of making EbA more effective, and and to highlight its added value as a green and effective alternative to so-called "grey" adaptation measures based on structural solutions such as insulations. In this way, adaptation strategies are enriched and improved, both in the planning processes and in practical implementation on national and regional levels, but particularly on a global level (UNFCCC, Nairobi Work Programme).

State of implementation/results

  • Friends of EbA (FEBA) is a global collaborative network of 75+ agencies and organisations involved in Ecosystem based Adaptation (EbA) working jointly to share experiences and knowledge, to improve the implementation of EbA related activities on the ground, and to have a stronger and more strategic learning and policy influence on EbA. This project enhances mutual learning and sharing of experiences between these organisations to make EbA more effective and demonstrate its value-addition as an adaptation option. FEBA works to synthesize this multi-stakeholder knowledge on EbA; disseminate this knowledge by convening the global EbA community around high-level events, technical workshops, and expert working groups; and raise awareness and understanding of EbA in adaptation panning processes and multilateral policy frameworks (e.g. UNFCCC, Nairobi Work Programme). The CBD COP recognizes FEBA as a key partner “to support Parties in their efforts to promote ecosystem-based approaches to climate change adaptation” (Decision 14/5)
  • Approx. 75 organisations and more than 170 individuals cooperate on EbA topics through the FEBA network.
  • In Decision 14/5 the CBD COP14 “invites organizations, including the Friends of Ecosystem-based Adaptation and the Partnership for Environment and Disaster Risk Reduction, and their respective members, to continue to support Parties in their efforts to promote ecosystem-based approaches to climate change adaptation and disaster risk reduction and the approaches to climate change adaptation and disaster risk reduction of indigenous peoples and local communities.”
  • In the same Decision, the COP14 adopts the voluntary guidelines for the design and effective implementation of ecosystem-based approaches to climate change adaptation and disaster risk reduction, whose text names FEBA as a key network available to support the efforts of raising awareness and building capacity, i.e. the third main overarching consideration for EbA and eco-DRR design and implementation
  • Support of the UNFCCC secretariat in developing the synthesis report on climate change and ecosystems, as well as in the Scoping Paper on Adaptation Knowledge and Knowledge Gaps on the Ocean, Coastal Areas and Ecosystems
  • Development of standards and quality criteria for EbA (…).
  • Organisation of side events such as the annual EbA Knowledge Days and recent events: “Biodiversity, Climate Change and People: How to monitor and evaluate efforts to increase resilience” at the CBD SBSTTA 23 in Montreal, Canada; and “The Potential & Challenges of Scaling Up Ecosystem-based Adaptation” at UNFCCC COP25, Madrid, Spain.
  • Link to 5th Annual EbA Knowledge Day:… Upcoming events: FEBA members’ meeting and 6th EbA Knowledge Day at UNFCCC SBSTA 52, FEBA sessions at IUCN World Conservation Congress. As we monitor the progression of COVID-19, some of these events may will be held virtually. More information to come The 2019-2020 FEBA Newsletter is available at…
  • FEBA has several active working groups, whose members are collaborating on a soon-to-be-published M&E guidebook for EbA, peer-reviewed manuscript submission, contributions to the PANORAMA Solutions portal, and more. New working groups in 2020 are focused on Urban EbA & EbA in a post-disaster and humanitarian context For further information, downloads, and contact:
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Project data


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

BMU grant:
963.337,00 €

10/2016  till  03/2023


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