Agroecology: Making Ecosystem-based Adaptation Work in Agricultural Landscapes

Agroecology and Ecosystem-based adaptation (EbA) are both holistic approaches for climate change adaptation – agroecology originating in the sustainable agriculture community and EbA in the climate and biodiversity spheres. Both concepts have many similarities and can be considered ‘two sides of the same coin’. Hence, aligning the two approaches offers a strategic opportunity to transform food systems in a systemic way – protecting land, water, and biodiversity.  

This report illustrates the potential of EbA-sensitive agroecology in 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 as an approach to adapt agricultural landscapes to climate change.

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.