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Understaning and explaining what Ecosystem-based Adaptation is can be tricky. This new facthseet developed by the Global project Mainstreaming EbA provides you with a brief overview and a simple visualization to help make the term EbA more clear. It also relates EbA to the now often discussed term 'Nature-based Solutions' and thereby offers an easy to remember bridge to avoid confusion. 
The Global Project Mainstreaming EbA is a knowledge management project supports actors at international, national and local level to incorporate ecosystem-based adaptation into policy and planning processes of different sectors.  A focus of the project lies on knowledge management within an international EbA community of practice. With the help of additional networks, the global EbA project has developed a variety of concepts, strategies, methods and tools to promote EbA and to inform adaptation negotiations, policies, strategies and action plans. 
The following guidance note presents “why” and “how” the NAP process can be utilized as a key mechanism and driver to mainstream and upscale EbA. It is based on a recent analysis of 19 completed NAP documents that reviewed the inclusion of ecosystems and uptake of EbA measures. The document builds on the lessons learned from the review and identifies guiding principles and actions accordingly. It also presents an overview of ecosystems, ecosystem services and their role in adaptation, and how managing their transformation under a changing climate can contribute to reducing climate risks and impacts for both people and ecosystems. Furthermore, it focuses on guiding principles and recommended actions along the steps of the NAP process to integrate and enhance EbA.
National Adaptation Plan (NAP) processes present a strategic opportunity to raise the profile of EbA approaches, providing a framework—and, potentially, financial resources—for implementation at scale. Based on this , the NAP Global Network undertook a review of 19 NAP documents to better understand the extent to which EbA, as a tool for adaptation, has been taken up in NAP processes. This analysis highlights the extent of integration and identification of ecosystems and EbA into National Adaptation Plans (NAPs), trends in how EbA was incorporated, and opportunities to strengthen the profile and quality of EbA.
The international EbA Community of Practice aims at knowledge and experience sharing and mutual learning beyond projects, institutions and regional boundaries on Ecosystem-based Adaptation (EbA). Its purpose is to jointly develop harmonized approaches, evidence-based lessons learned and best practices for how to plan and implement effective EbA to help people adapt to the adverse effects of climate change through a collaborative learning process.
The Lead the Change Programme is a product of the Regional Project on Ecosystem-based Adaptation to Climate Change in the high mountainous region of Central Asia, implemented by the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH on behalf of the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (BMU) through the International Climate Initiative (IKI). This document synthesizes the learnings from a Leadership Programme conducted in 2017. Its aim is to provide inspiration and practical guidance on how to develop and manage a cross-sectoral leadership development programme in the context of sustainability. It is written for commissioning organisations as well as programme managers and facilitators designing such programmes. Whilst it outlines the concept, methodological approach and design of the programme, it is however not a facilitation guide, but rather works in conjunction with related documents such as the AIZ’s Toolbox Leadership for Global Responsibility and assumes proficiency of the facilitators in the faculties and methodologies outlined.
This study explores how the two leading approaches in water resources management and ecosystem thinking for climate change adaptation – i.e. IWRM and EbA – can be merged to achieve greater climate resilience in watersheds. It entails a conceptual analysis of both approaches and showcases nine practical implementation examples of integrated EbA-IWRM projects around the world. The case studies reveal structural similarities, key lessons, and enabling and inhibiting factors for integrated EbA-IWRM approaches. From this, the study derives and promotes a set of guiding principles for integrated EbA-IWRM projects.
This guidance builds on the already widely used Conservation Measures Partnership’s Open Standards for the Practice of Conservation (Conservation Standards). The Conservation Standards, first developed in 2004, represent the leading adaptive management framework in the field of biodiversity conservation and ecosystem management. Thousands of conservation practitioners around the globe have used them to plan, manage, monitor, adapt and learn from their projects and programs.
This is a practical guide for planners and practitioners to better understand the outcomes and impacts of on-the-ground Ecosystem-based Adaptation (EbA) projects, working with and enhancing nature to reduce the negative impacts of climate change on people.
The EbA Climate Risk Assessment Guidebook is now also available in Russian! The guidebook, developed by GIZ in collaboration with Eurac Research and United Nations University – Institute for Environment and Human Security (UNU-EHS), helps planners and practitioners in designing and implementing climate risk assessments in the context of Ecosystem-based Adaptation projects.
Esta visión general de la investigación resume los mensajes clave obtenidos de un estudio de caso sobre AbE en los Andes peruanos durante el proyecto AbE Montaña en Miraflores, que tenía como objetivo mejorar la gestión de los recursos naturales en los pastos y humedales locales de montaña con un enfoque en organización comunitaria. La autora muestra cómo se pueden utilizar varios indicadores y marcos de monitoreo para mostrar la eficacia de AbE.
This research overview summarises key messages obtained from a case study about EbA in the Peruvian Andes during the Mountain EbA project in Miraflores, which aimed to improve natural resource management in local mountain pastures and wetlands with a focus on community organization.
Both Ecosystem-based Adaptation (EbA) and Climate Risk Finance & Insurance (CRFI) can be used to enhance adaptation, reduce and transfer risk, and build resilience to the growing impacts from natural and human-made hazards. There is a nascent and growing interest in where these strategies may intersect and be mutually beneficial for adaptation. The GIZ joint publication by the Global Project Mainstreaming EbA, the InsuResilience Secretariat and ACRI+ is available now.
Together, IIED, IUCN, UNEP-WCMC and GIZ have developed the EbA Tools Navigator to help practitioners and policymakers identify the most appropriate tools for including EbA into their climate adaptation plans. This searchable database currently includes information on more than 240 tools and methods for planning, implementing and monitoring EbA activities.
A Comunidade Internacional de Boas Práticas em Adaptação baseada em Ecossistemas (AbE) visa o compartilhamento de conhecimentos, experiências e aprendizagem para além de projetos, instituições e limites regionais em AbE. O objetivo é desenvolver, em conjunto, abordagens, lições aprendidas baseadas em evidências e melhores práticas para planejar e implementar medidas efetivas de AbE, para ajudar as pessoas a se adaptarem aos efeitos adversos da mudança do clima por meio de um processo colaborativo de aprendizado.
Este estudio de caso de Perú fue desarrollado por GIZ como parte de una serie que resume puntos de entrada prometedores de la política y las estructuras de gobernanza para la incorporación de AbE a nivel política y profesional. Incluye cuatro ejemplos que ilustran la diversidad de iniciativas que apoyan la incorporación de AbE pero también muestran las barreras existentes.
Este estudio de caso de México fue desarrollado por GIZ como parte de una serie que resume puntos de entrada prometedores de la política y las estructuras de gobernanza para la incorporación de AbE a nivel política y profesional. Incluye tres ejemplos que ilustran la diversidad de iniciativas que apoyan la incorporación de AbE pero también muestran las barreras existentes.
The 5th EbA Knowledge Day was organized by GIZ, IUCN and IIED under the Friends of EbA (FEBA) network in the framework of UNFCCC SBSTA 50. The aim of the event was to enhance knowledge on assessing effectiveness of EbA measures (part 1: morning session) and to better understand governance frameworks relevant for EbA mainstreaming (part 2: afternoon session).The documentation covers key messages, presentations and photos of the event.
Una Guía desarrollada por GIZ en colaboración con Eurac Research y la Universidad de las Naciones Unidas (UNU-EHS) ayuda a los planificadores y profesionales en el diseño y la implementación de evaluaciones de riesgo climático en el contexto de los proyectos de AbE. A partir del trabajo del Libro de la Vulnerabilidad (GIZ 2014) y su Suplemento de Riesgo (GIZ y EURAC 2017), esta Guía provee orientación sobre cómo considerar sistemáticamente soluciones basadas en ecosistemas en el contexto de la evaluación de riesgo climático.