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

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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.

View the Spanish version here.

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