New sourcebook “Valuing the Benefits, Costs and Impacts of Ecosystem-based Adaptation (EbA) Measures”

Even though EbA is recognised to hold considerable potential to strengthen climate adaption, it is still yet to be fully mainstreamed into development policy and practice. Valuation can provide convincing – and usually much-needed – evidence of the benefits of investing in ecosystem-based approaches, in themselves, and in comparison (and combination) with grey measures. It offers a tool to guide better-informed decision-making, which results in the delivery of more inclusive, effective and sustainable climate adaptation actions.

GIZ has developed a sourcebook (and training module) to assist in building awareness, knowledge and capacity about why, how and in which contexts EbA valuation can be used to inform, guide and influence adaptation decision-making.

The sourcebook combines information on valuation theory and methods with 40 real-world examples and practical steps for commissioning, designing and implementing EbA valuation studies.

It is structured along the following chapters:

  1. Introduction: about the sourcebook
  2. The basics: understanding EbA values and valuation
  3. Defining the purpose: why and when to value EbA benefits
  4. Selecting the methods: how to value EbA benefits
  5. Enhancing the strategic impact: leveraging decision change and influence
  6. Delivering the assessment: commissioning, designing and implementing valuation
  7. Learning from experience: 40 case studies of EbA-relevant valuations
  8. References: key sources on EbA valuation techniques and applications

View the sourcebook here.

UN Adaptation Gap Report 2017

UNEP has been publishing an Emissions Gap Report since 2010 which quantifies the gap in ambition to stay below 2°Celsius. In 2017, for the third time, UNEP also published an Adaptation Gap Report. The Report explores how progress towards the global goal on adaptation can be assessed. The topic is highly relevant for the UN climate change negotiations which are discussing modalities for the Global Stocktake, the Transparency Framework and Adaptation Communications. The report is structured as follows:

  1. Introduction
  2. Provisions of the Paris Agreement on adaptation review and reporting
  3. Challenges of measuring adaptation (see Policy Brief)
  4. National Adaptation M&E Systems
  5. Global tracking of adaptation
  6. Summary and Outlook

The report also features several country cases from the development of adaptation M&E systems including in South Africa and Cambodia, which were supported by GIZ on behalf of BMZ. A video summary of the report is available from Adaptation Exchange.

GIZ’s Timo Leiter from the project “Effective Adaptation Finance (M&E Adapt)” is lead author of chapters 2 and 4 of the report, underscoring the expertise of GIZ in the field of Adaptation Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E). Further Information on Adaptation M&E is available on AdaptationCommunity.net and the Adaptation Gap Report is available from UN Environment.

Documentation of 2nd EbA Knowledge Day – 06 November during UNFCCC COP23 in Bonn

The 2nd Ecosystem-based Adaptation (EbA) Knowledge Day – hosted by GIZ, IUCN, IIED and DIE under the Friends of EbA (FEBA) network – during COP 23 in Bonn focussed on the topic ‘Strengthening Ecosystem-based Adaptation in policy frameworks: Communicating benefits, developing financing strategies’.

During a short panel discussion, speakers from BMUB IKI, UN-Environment, Government of Mexico, Oxford University and The Nature Conservancy Micronesia provided insights and practical experiences for demonstrating EbA benefits and financing options.  

marketplace session – including seven concrete examples and tools from IUCN, IIED, GIZ, RARE, DIE, FEBA and PANORAMA,  for assessing, communicating and sharing EbA benefits – served as a platform for further knowledge exchange among participants.

Documentation-EbA Knowledge Day 2 during UNFCCC COP23

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Side Event at COP23 – Progress towards achieving the adaptation goals

How can climate risks be addressed in an integrated way? How can National Adaptation Plans be used efficiently to serve the NDC adaptation goals? How can additional private sector finance be mobilized for successful adaptation? And what are the lessons learned from pioneer countries?

On Monday, the 6th of November 2017 from 4 – 5 pm, these and other questions will be addressed in a Side Event in the German Pavilion (Bonn Zone) at the COP23 . The event entitled ‘Progress towards achieving the adaptation goals – Promising ways to tackle climate risks’ is organized by GIZ on behalf of the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) and will host speakers and panelists from partner countries and organizations.

The event aims at reflecting on the status quo of adaptation efforts that have been undertaken since the adoption and under the framework of the Paris Agreement. Insightful keynote speeches by practitioners and country representatives will be followed by interviews with adaptation experts presenting “adaptation stories” and discussing linkages and challenges that lie ahead in achieving the adaptation goals. The event will present early successes of adaptation efforts along the “climate risk continuum” and provide a space for showcasing examples of NDC implementation through the NAP process as well as for innovative finance and insurance solutions in the field of adaptation.

The documentation will be made available on http://www.adaptationcommunity.net/.

Risk Assessments: Webinars on 24 October and 2 November 2017

The international EbA Community in collaboration with the SNRD Asia Climate Change Adaptation Working Group are delighted to invite you to a series of two webinar on

Webinar 1: Climate risk assessments in the adaptation policy context, 24 October 2017, 8.00-9.00 CET

  • GIZ’s new Risk Supplement to the Vulnerability Sourcebook
  • Country insight: Reconciling risk & vulnerability assessment for land use planning in the Philippines

Please register here.

Webinar 2: Climate risk assessment fo Ecosystem-based Adaptation, 2 November 2017, 15.00-16.00 CET

  • Community NEWS: 2nd international EbA Community of Practice Workshop
  • Expert input: Climate risk assessment for Ecosystem-based Adaptation (EbA)

Please register here.

 

The recordings will be made available on www.adaptationcommunity.net

Looking forward to meeting you virtually!

Risk Supplement to the Vulnerability Sourcebook

The Risk Supplement to the Vulnerability Sourcebook (PDF) introduces the IPCC AR5 risk concept and provides guidelines on how to conduct risk assessments using the Vulnerability Sourcebook’s approach.

The Vulnerability Sourcebook (PDF) provides step-by-step guidelines to conduct robust vulnerability assessments according to the IPCC concept of vulnerability. Since its publication in 2014, it has been widely used for vulnerability assessments in the framework of climate change adaptation planning from the local to the national level. The Fifth IPCC Assessment Report (AR5) moved from focusing on vulnerability to focusing on risk of climate-related impacts that may harm a system. To account for this change, in 2017 this Risk Supplement has been developed.

For more information please click here.

Largest expert meeting worldwide on Ecosystem-based Adaptation in 2017 took place in Bangkok

What are the recent developments at global and national level and experiences on mainstreaming ecosystem-based adaptation? What are promising entry points for mainstreaming EbA? How to measure success of EbA to demonstrate and communicate EbA impacts? Which public and private options are available to sustainably finance EbA? And how to best generate and use evidence on EbA effectiveness?

At the 2nd International EbA Community of Practice Workshop, around 80 experts from governments, research and policy institutions, and civil society from 22 countries came together to exchange on selected topics defined during the 1st workshop in June 2016. The workshop was structured around plenary and parallel discussion sessions that aimed to contribute to four core objectives: Identifying entry points for EbA mainstreaming; monitoring and evaluation of EbA; financing challenges and opportunities; evidence of EbA effectiveness.

The documentation will be made available on the EbA subsection on www.AdaptationCommunity.net.

The workshop was organized by the global BMUB IKI-funded project “Mainstreaming EbA – Strengthening ecosystem-based adaptation in planning and decision-making processes” implemented by GIZ.

Guidance Note on Financing National Adaptation Plan (NAP) Processes

Financing is needed throughout the entire National Adaptation Plan (NAP) process – from its initiation to the implementation, monitoring and evaluation of prioritized adaptation actions. Many countries need assistiance with determining how to secure the financing for their NAP processes. Therefore, the NAP Global Network has recently published a new Guidance Note, increasing the likelohood of securing finance from different sources for countries and their governments. Entitled ‘Financing National Adaptation Plan (NAP) Processes: Contributing to the achievement of nationally determined contribution (NDC) adaptation goals’, the publication:

  • Presents a range of potential financing sources (domestic and international, public and private)
  • Identifies which sources are appropriate for different phases within the NAP process
  • Suggests practical steps for countries to take throughout the NAP process
  • Provides a number of concise case studies from a diverse group of countries

The guidance note was commissioned and co-authored by GIZ’s Climate Policy Support Program (co-authors Michael Brossmann & Sascha Oppowa) in cooperation with the International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD). The publication is available in English and will become available in French and Spanish by November 2017.

Guidance for M&E of community-based adaptation

A new book chapter outlines M&E of community-based adaptation. The chapter presents results from the 9th Community-based Adaptation conference (CBA9) in Nairobi. Entitled Key considerations for monitoring and evaluation of community-based Adaptationit:

  • Introduces four considerations for the development of an adaptation M&E system (purpose, content, target audience, capacities & resources)
  • Discusses principles, frameworks and trade-offs for M&E of CBA
  • Recommends a theory of change approach such as GIZ’s “Adaptation made to measure
  • Outlines how M&E of CBA can be linked to national Adaptation M&E systems

The chapter offers an introduction for practitioners working at the community level who are interested in advancing their knowledge about Monitoring & Evaluation. It also serves as background reading for GIZ’s adaptation M&E training course. Authored by Timo Leiter from the project “Effective Adaptation Finance (M&E Adapt)” funded by BMZ, the chapter is part of the book “Enhancing adaptation to climate change in developing countries” published by the African Centre for Technology Studies Press.  

NAP-GN webinar: “Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) in the National Adaptation Plan (NAP) Process”

This webinar, which took place on the 14th June 2017, explores how countries are developing national monitoring and evaluation (M&E) systems for adaptation in context of the National Adaptation Plan (NAP) process. Results of a survey of country needs and experiences regarding M&E from the NAP Global Network are presented along with the country example of  South Africa’s national adaptation M&E system.

You can watch the recording and view the presentations online at the NAP Global Network website.

NAP Global Network’s webinar series

The webinar series will deal with different topics related to the national adaptation plan (NAP) process, insights from the Network’s activities, as well as specific country experiences.

Sector Integration in the NAP Process
A NAP Global Network Webinar Tuesday, March 7th, 2017 | 10am-11am EST (3pm-4pm GMT)

Agenda:

– Introduction to the NAP Global Network and Webinar Series
– A Spectrum of Approaches to Sector Integration (Hayley Price-Kelly, NAP Global Network Secretariat)
– The Case of Jamaica: A hybrid approach to sector integration (Dr. Orville Grey, Jamaica’s Ministry of Economic Growth and Job Creation)
– Q&A
– Next steps and closing

Please register here.

For further information please contact the Network’s Secretariat (info@napglobalnetwork.org).

Evidence of EbA measures: Webinars in collaboration with UNEP-REGATTA/Practical Solutions

Why is it relevant to have evidence on the effectiveness of EbA, how to generate this evidence and communicate it to the target groups?

We are delighted to invite you to our webinar series on “Evidence of the effectiveness of Ecosystem-based Adaptation” in collaboration with the EbA Community of Practice of UNEP-REGATTA, managed by Practical Solutions.

The invitation for the online discussion and first webinar on 2nd March 9.00 – 11.00 am (Lima, Bogotá, Quito) is now available here.

Discussion series on EbA-relevant tools and methods: Outcome paper and further sources now online

We need effective and field-proven tools and methods to support adaptive management and decision-making and consider EbA measures within an overall adaptation strategy. From September-November 2016, the online discussion series of the International EbA Community of Practice centered around three key questions:

1) Which EbA-relevant tools exist already and have been used successfully at different stages of the mainstreaming cycle?

2) How to adopt existing tools to an EbA context?

3) How to make these tools available to a broader audience?

In addition to the webinar recordings, an outcome paper on EbA-relevant tools and methods and a list of further sources is now available here.