ICI projects introduce practical experience to UNFCCC workshop on ecosystem-based adaptation

View from water to an island with trees and their clearly visible roots

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To support the negotiation process within the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), the UNFCCC Secretariat organised a technical workshop on ecosystem-based adaptation (EbA) from 21-23 March in Tanzania. More than 50 experts from around the world, including seven implementing ICI projects, exchanged experiences regarding the application of various EbA approaches. The ICI project representatives came from the UN's environment and development programmes (UNEP and UNDP), the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN), the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ), The Nature Conservancy (TNC) and Conservation International (CI).

The active participation from ICI project experts provided the technical workshop with valuable insight into the diverse possibilities for applying EbA measures in emerging economies and developing countries, for example through the management of mangrove forests. The workshop underscored the great potential for EbA to improve people's capacity to adapt to climate change impacts and to reduce their vulnerability. The practical experience that was shared during the workshop and derived from ICI projects can also help to position EbA as an adaptation option within the context of negotiations. The outcomes of this workshop can feed into the efforts of the Nairobi Work Programme on Impacts, Vulnerability and Adaptation to Climate Change.

EbA is one of the focal areas within the ICI. Since 2008, this initiative of the German Federal Environment Ministry has provided funding totalling approximately 50 million euros to support 14 projects with this focus.