Is ecosystem-based climate adaptation effective? Here are perceptions & lessons learned by the IIED from 13 project sites.

The global climate is changing rapidly and countries need clear direction on how best to adapt to these changes. Ecosystem-based adaptation (EbA) is becoming an increasingly popular strategy, especially in poor countries where dependence on natural resources for lives and livelihoods is high.

But EbA implementation is neither widespread nor consistent, partly due to a shortage of documented evidence relating to its effectiveness. This report shares results from research assessing EbA effectiveness at 13 case study sites in 12 countries to help address this gap. It also describes political, institutional and governance-related conditions that facilitate or inhibit effective EbA at each site.

Ecosystem management and restoration can be a very important part of climate change adaptation, and communities can play a central role in the process, but the evidence base needs strengthening.

The International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED) and partners are working in 12 countries to promote effective EbA and sustainable development.

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