Implementation and Financing of Ecosystem-based Adaptation (EbA) by the Food and Agriculture Sector to reduce climate risk and environmental impacts in Latin America

Climate change and COVID-19 are disrupting Latin American agricultural systems as value chains have been upended, driving producers into unsustainable production. Through an improved enabling environment for EbA, the project will transform three million hectars of agricultural land into regenerative landscapes that benefit climate, biodiversity, productivity and producers. The project will increase knowledge of EbA agriculture and green recovery, including analyses of their barriers and successes, while also strengthening regulatory frameworks which promote EbA and eliminating disincentives. The project will develop 13 business models with climate and agricultural data and will implement at least 5 financial instruments/financial risk transfer solutions to enable EbA finance and investment. More than 7000 producers will adopt these approaches and a multi-stakeholder platform will facilitate public-private-community coordination and promote rapid scaling of adoption.

Project data

Argentina, Colombia, Ecuador, Paraguay, Peru
IKI funding
19,570,227.00 €
Included preparation phase
429,773.00 €
06/2022 till 05/2028
Implementing organisation
The Nature Conservancy (TNC) - International
Political Partner
  • Ministry of Environment (MINAM) - Peru
  • Ministry of Environment and Sustainable Development (MADES) - Paraguay
  • Ministry of Environment and Sustainable Development (MADS) - Colombia
  • Ministry of Environment and Sustainable Development - Argentina
  • The Ministry of Environment of Ecuador (MAE)
Implementing Partner
  • Helmholtz-Zentrum für Umweltforschung GmbH (UFZ)
  • Nestlé S.A.
  • United Nations Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC)

State of implementation/results

    • The Gender component of the project was introduced and strengthened, 3 virtual gender trainings were conducted and attended by 30 project staff, to guarantee that gender-responsive actions are integrated throughout implementation. The Gender Diagnosis and first draft of the Gender Action Plans for the 5 countries and value chains were successfully delivered to the country teams.
    • In July, two workshops were held in Colombia and Argentina to analyze the main outcomes of the initial phase of the Regenerative Agriculture and Livestock Transition Indicators Methodological Framework, including indicators, farm and landscape pilot results and route map for the second phase.
    • In July 2023 the first experience exchange tour was held in Salta, Argentina with participation by ranchers from Colombia and Ecuador. The main objective was to foster mutual learning by exploring regenerative management practices, discussing common production challenges, and identifying potential synergies and opportunities.
    • In August, the UFZ team completed delivery of 3 Value Chain Workshops focused on exploring concepts related to value chain analysis and identifying interventions to promote R2A systems in Ecuador (cocoa), Argentina (beef) and Colombia (dairy).
    • The Annual regional meeting was held in Guayaquil successfully, where the first year of implementation was evaluated and responsibilities and activities for the second year were aligned.
    • Several virtual and in person meetings between Future Landscape team and the private sector were held to discuss collaborative work plans. A key collaboration agreement was signed with Nestle. A strategic market analysis for the livestock and palm oil supply chains in the Orinoquia Region was completed, identifying opportunities for intervention as well as potential key stakeholders for scalability. Two Regenerative Livestock Learning Tours were conducted in the Caribbean and Andean Region with participation of TNC, CIPAV, Nestlé and Alquería. The goal was to understand regenerative livestock farming models and strengthen partnerships for the Project.
    • The Future Landscape team held 2 workshops with the dairy and cocoa producers. Goal included validation of the proposed areas of intervention, evaluation of the perception of current climate change impacts, and analysis of regenerative practices as EbA measures. An analysis of climate risks, vulnerability, and the identification of priority R2A practices for adaptation was completed later.
    • The team held a Regenerative Tour in the Chaco Region to define the intervention areas, to establish connections among stakeholders, producers, and artisans, ands to explore strategic interventions in the value chains.
    • A virtual workshop was held to present the framework for the development of regenerative business models and the integration of the triple impact approach into businesses to achieve sustainability for Paraguay.

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