Linking Agroecology and Ecosystem-based Adaptation for Climate Resilient Landscapes

Climate change is one of multiple global crises. It is not only closely interrelated with food and nutrition insecurity, but also with biodiversity loss and the degradation of land and water resources. These crises reinforce each other in their intensity – and call for systemic responses. A transformation is needed that enhances the resilience of entire food systems and protects ecosystems and the services they provide. In order to transform food systems in a climate- and nature-friendly way, systemic measures can offer solutions that take synergies and interdependencies into account. Linking Ecosystem-based Adaptation (EbA) with agroecological approaches presents one such solution. Check out the newly published report Agroecology: Making Ecosystem-based Adaptation work in Agricultural Landscapes and the accompanying policy brief

But what is the added value of linking EbA and agroecology? While agroecology and EbA originated in different communities – agroecology from the sustainable agriculture community and EbA from the climate and biodiversity spheres – they share common principles and key characteristics that can support joint projects, policies, and strategies. Both approaches aim to strengthen and maintain ecosystem services for sustainable livelihoods and ecological, economic, and social sustainability. They are holistic because they target a given system in its whole – whether an ecosystem or a food system. In many ways, the two concepts are ‘two sides of the same coin’. Aligning EbA and agroecology offers a strategic opportunity to transform food systems in a systemic way – protecting land, water and biodiversity and enhancing the resilience to climate change. All in all, agroecology offers opportunities for implementing EbA in agricultural landscapes and EbA can accommodate agroecology as an approach to climate change adaptation. 

The report illustrates the potential of EbA-sensitive agroecology in more detail. It outlines three case studies applying the approach in India, Kenya, and Guatemala. Practical steps to merge agroecology and EbA are provided: A Five-Step-Approach presents a comprehensive method for country-level implementation. The accompanying short policy brief presents five key messages, including the need for a systemic transformation, alliances for change, circular knowledge transfer, the creation of an enabling environment and local-responsive financial support. 

Recent News

Partnership OECS and GIZ

For six years now, the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) and GIZ’s Global Programme ‘Human Mobility in the Context of Climate Change’ have collaborated in their aim to human mobility as a consequence of the region’s increasing environmental challenges. A newly published article by the OECS describes how the partnership looked like and how the organisations took action through strategic thinking, capacity building, and publication of various knowledge products.

Read More »

Learning to live with climate change: Now available in 3 languages

Our publication ‘Learning to live with climate change’ is now available in three languages! Read more about how the Global Programme “Human Mobility in the Context of Climate Change” has been working in regions like the Pacific Islands, the Caribbean, East Africa and in the Philippines. The study is available in English, German and French.

Read More »

Global Programme HMCCC: Share-Fair Event

The GIZ’s Global Programme on Human Mobility in the Context of Climate Change celebrated the end of the first Programme phase. For this, partners from the Philippines, East and West Africa, the Pacific and the Caribbean came together at the GIZ Campus Röttgen in Bonn. The three-day long event took place from 24th until 26th October and incorporated a networking experience on the last day with experts from politics, decision-making, academia and civil society.

Read More »

New e-learning course on Human Mobility in the Context of Climate Change

The newly developed eLearning course by GIZ in collaboration with UN University is now available! In this interactive self-paced course, policy makers, development professionals, researchers and students will learn how climate change influences human mobility. By introducing key concepts like climate related migration, disaster displacement, planned relocation and trapped populations, this training will build capacities needed to consider human mobility in the context of climate change (HMCCC) in your respective field of work. The training showcases diverse examples from different countries on the phenomena of HMCCC as well as options how to manage it.

Read More »