Welcome to BES-Net’s Ecosystem-based Adaptation (EbA) module.
This module aims at providing online learning and networking opportunities on issues in the interface between science, policy and practice related to EbA.
In this module, you can learn more about the organisations who are working in this field, share information and knowledge, connect and interact with experts from around the globe, and find possible solutions to your specific questions.
This module has been developed in response to needs expressed through consultations with stakeholders working in the field of Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services.
What is Ecosystem-based Adaptation (EbA)?
Maintaining the health of ecosystems is an important way of helping communities and societies adapt to and mitigate climate change, while generating multiple environment and development benefits.
This has been recognized by the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change in decision 1/CP.16 inviting Parties to enhance action on adaptation by “building resilience of socio-ecological systems, including through economic diversification and sustainable management of natural resources”.
Ecosystem-based Adaptation (known as EbA) is defined by the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) as “the use of biodiversity and ecosystem services to help people adapt to the adverse effects of climate change”.
As further elaborated by Decision X/33 on Climate Change and Biodiversity, this definition also includes the “sustainable management, conservation and restoration of ecosystems, as part of an overall adaptation strategy that takes into account the multiple social, economic and cultural co-benefits for local communities”.
In short, ecosystem-based approaches to adaptation harness the power of nature to help people at the local, national, regional and global levels to cope with the negative impacts of climate change, and even to take advantage of some impacts. Other definitions of EbA emphasize different aspects but the defining characteristic of the EbA approach is the integration of ‘people, nature and climate change’.
Learn more about:
- Other definitions of EbA
- What makes EbA different from “business as usual” biodiversity and ecosystem management?
- The multiple benefits of EbA
- EbA and sustainable development
The following organisations and initiatives are leaders in the field of Ecosystem-based Adaptation. They have provided content, experts, and more to BES-Net. To learn more about a particular organization and the work they are doing click below.
Search or browse through our library of existing resources on Ecosystem-based Adaptation. Entries include scientific articles, reports, policy briefs, webinars, videos, and more. To view a particular resource, click below.
These individuals are experts in the field of Ecosystem-based Adaptation. BES-Net experts come from a wide range of sectors, from community activists to research scientists. They are available to answer questions, respond to polls, and engage in conversation with BES-Net users on their area of expertise. To learn more about an expert and their work, or get in touch with them, click below.