Understanding the socio-ecological context
This first, exploratory step is about gathering information and understanding the socio-ecological system as well as its exposure to climate change. Focus should furthermore lie on a first engagement with stakeholders and on finding out how EbA can be best supported, incl. by identifying entry points. Thus, this step sets the scene for your mainstreaming process, identifies the problem by applying a climate and ecosystems lens and defines objectives and a road map for integrating EbA into a particular system of interest (e.g. a policy, a project etc.).