Ecosystem-based adaptation

Natural solutions to climate change – like ending deforestation and restoring habitats – can create 80 million jobs and lift 1 billion people out of poverty globally.

Healthy ecosystems can reduce the negative impacts of climate change. For instance, coastal habitats like mangroves provide natural flood defenses, well-protected lakes retain water sources during droughts, and healthy forests reduce the risk of devastating wildfires. Ecosystem-based adaptation (EbA) is an approach that uses these ecosystem services as part of a holistic adaptation strategy. Often through win-win outcomes, EbA protects vulnerable communities from extreme weather while simultaneously providing a variety of ecological benefits so crucial for human well-being, such as clean water and food.

Though primarily an adaptation approach, EbA can also contribute to climate change mitigation by reducing the emissions that transpire from habitat loss and ecosystem degradation. 

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Ecosystem-based Adaptation Briefing Notes

  1. Introduction to EbA
  2. Navigating the Adaptation Challenge
  3. EbA in Different Ecosystems
  4. Selecting Complementary Adaptation Measures
  5. Developing the Economic Case for EbA
  6. Integrating EbA into National Planning
  7. UN Environment & EBA