This article was originally published on International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD).


“Over the last few months, we have been giving a lot of thought to the role that ecosystems play in adaptation to climate change.

We know that healthy ecosystems are critical for sustaining livelihoods and building adaptive capacity, but what does Ecosystem-based Adaptation (EbA) look like in practice? And how can we equip people working in the fields of adaptation, conservation and development with the information and guidance they need to design, implement and monitor effective EbA options?

IISD is exploring these questions in collaboration with IUCN through the development of an EbA planning tool.  We understand EbA to mean restoring, conserving and managing ecosystems in ways that increase people’s adaptive capacity while also building the resilience of the ecosystems themselves.

The new tool we are developing aims to provide practitioners with a systematic process to identify and prioritize EbA options based on a context-specific analysis of ecosystems, livelihoods and climate change.

Read on at: International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD).