The guidelines provide a flexible framework for planning and implementing ecosystem-based adaptation and disaster risk reduction initiatives. The present report, set up by SCBD, UN-Environment and GIZ, contains the version of the guidelines as adopted by the 14th CBD Conference of the Parties as well as updated supplementary information.
The guidelines are organized into three parts:
Part 1: Primer for policy-makers: high-level policy guidance for focal points to the CBD, UNFCCC, UNCCD and UNISDR, policy makers within governments and other relevant organizations, including the private sector, researchers, donors. It highlights the advantages of ecosystem-based approaches and how they promote multiple benefits; it also demonstrates how they can be integrated into adaptation and risk reduction strategies and development frameworks.
Part 2: Guidelines for practitioners help to operationalize EbA and Eco-DRR at programme and project level. It outlines i) principles and safeguards for designing and implementing EbA and Eco-DRR, ii) a flexible and iterative framework outlining key stages in planning and implementing adaptation and DRR; and iii) toolboxes for each stage.
Part 3: Outreach into sectors includes briefs for practitioners to support advocacy for the integration of EbA and Eco-DRR into the following sectoral policies and plans:
(1) development planning and public finance; (2) spatial planning in land- and seascapes; (3) agriculture; (4) humanitarian aid; (5) infrastructure; (6) forestry; and (7) water.