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Ecosystem-based Adaptation strategies to climate change in Colombia and Ecuador

As of: November 2018

Objective and activities

The project contributes to the reduction of climate change vulnerability of local communities in the project regions of Colombia and Ecuador. It integrates the ecosystem-based adaptation (EbA) approach in relevant politics, plans and strategies of governmental bodies and implements its measures. Local-level strategies will be planned and implemented. The understanding of climate risks and reactivities will be strengthened for national and local authorities through capacity development in both project countries. The adoption of the EbA approach by governmental bodies, the private sector, local communities and other stakeholders will be supported via political instruments.

State of implementation/results

Project completed

  • The project contributes to reducing the climate change vulnerability of local communities in Colombia as well as in Ecuador. Climate vulnerability of the countries and climatic data were evaluated and information gaps were addressed by selective studies. The project integrates the EbA approach into relevant government policies, plans and strategies. In both countries, the identification, evaluation and prioritization of EbA measures has taken place.• The EbA measures in Colombia include the restoration of two river courses in Cartagena and the reforestation of parts of a mangrove forest. For the upscaling, two EbA measures were implemented in the province of Córdoba: restoration of the water channels of the river Sinú and the construction of greenhouses for smallholder families.• The EbA activities in Ecuador focus on agrobiodiversity, ecotourism, sustainable water management, sustainable livestock farming (especially goats) and the designation of a communal municipal protection area. For the upscaling, the water catchment area Portoviejo was chosen in Ecuador.The understanding of climate risks and responsiveness of national and local authorities in both project countries will be strengthened through capacity building. The capacity development programs were developed in both countries and coordinated with the respective partners:- In Colombia, there have been 17 training workshops with more than 1000 people. In Cartagena, more than 30 private companies participated in three training courses.- In Ecuador, 87 people from 30 different institutions participated in capacity development training. Among other things, it is intended to include the training program for schools in Manabí province.In both countries, the project has developed communication strategies such as events for regional exchange of experiences, videos, web articles, publications and news in social media. In Colombia, the Ministry of the Environment (MADS) in cooperation with the Nature Conservancy (TNC), WWF and Conservation International (CI), has published a paper on EbA:(… ). Four short videos on mangrove protection, the Caño Grande / Sicara Canal and imroved public relations were prepared. Colombia's National Adaptation Plan, which incorporates the EbA approach, has been virtually updated on the National Planning Ministry website since 2017:… In Ecuador, 18 documents on EbA were published for specific target groups (university, smallholder representatives, technical advisory service and NGOs):… The project is in continuous exchange with other IKI and GIZ projects in the region.

Project data

Colombia, Ecuador

Implementing organisation:
Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH

Partner institution(s):
  • Ministry of Environment - Ecuador, Ministry of Environment and Sustainable Development (MADS) - Colombia
  • International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) - Ecuador,Ministry of Environment - Ecuador,Research Institute for Marine and Coastal Areas (INVEMAR) - Colombia

BMU grant:
€ 3,300,000

09/2014 till 09/2018


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