Ecosystem Based Climate Adaptation

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When we think about adapting to climate change, it is clear that what we need is all encompassing. As a friend of mine– an expert in the adaptation world– put it, the age of “stand-alone adaptation” is over. Our solutions to the challenges of climate change must engage citizens, governments, ecosystems, and every system in between.

So who’s thinking about these sorts of approaches? What are they doing, and what is working? If you think about those questions, or find them worthy of dedicated exploration, you’re reading the right blog. The hope for this page is to feature what is happening in a rapidly growing field of climate adaptation.

Today’s featured player: The Ecosystem Based Adaptation Programme

The Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) defines Ecosystem Based Adaptation (EbA) as “the use of biodiversity and ecosystem services as part of an overall adaptation strategy to help people to adapt to the adverse effects of climate change”. Based on this definition, the work of the EBA Programme is informed by synergies that exist between the ecological services of a community, and the communities’ social and other resources. In their words, “EBA uses sustainable management, conservation and restoration of ecosystems, taking into account anticipated climate change impact trends, to reduce the vulnerability and improve the resilience of ecosystems and people to climate change impacts.”

The Ecosystem Based Adaptation Programme is sponsored by UNDP, UNEP, IUCA, and BMU. They currently work on enhancing the resilience of ecosystems and people in six distinct areas:

And here, they make the case for EbA. Lots to learn, and many important lessons from their attempts to thoughtfully engage in capacity building aimed at key actors in the various communities they work with.

There will be many more of these quick links to various projects in the days to come. It’s about time for my scattered compilations of adaptation initiatives to find a home!

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