Mobilizing capital for ecosystem-based adaptation - the value of resilient forests for water management in the tropics.
As of: June 2018
Objective and activities
Forests play a crucial, mostly unvalued, role in stabilizing hydrological cycles and water regimes, particularly in tropical regions that are prone to climate-related extreme events. Yet, those forests are threatened by adverse effects of climate change and additionally their resilience is weakened through habitat loss and degradation.Applying a cross-sectoral multi-stakeholder approach, the project will foster ecosystem-based adaptation (EbA) in four water catchment areas in Mesoamerica and the Caribbean, focusing on forests in protected areas and adjacent agroecosystems. Innovative financial mechanisms for the conservation of catchment areas will be developed and will serve as models for national and international policies and regulations. Through the steady exchange of experiences and lessons learned, national and international attention will be drawn to the importance of resilient forests for water management, and to options for financial support of EbA-measures.