Events, Meeting Reports, and Presentations

Participants at the 20 June FEBA member’s meeting at UNFCCC SBSTA 50. Photo: IUCN
Mangroves in Manhattan at the High Level Political Forum. Photo: IUCN

Catch up with FEBA members with the 2020-2021 Newsletter!

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Upcoming Events

Friends of EbA Members’ Meeting

3 June 2021

The Friends of Ecosystem-based Adaptation (FEBA) Members’ Meeting is an opportunity for FEBA members to share events, knowledge product and project highlights from the past year, and to discuss priority points for the coming year.

The second-ever virtual FEBA Members’ Meeting will take place on Thursday, June 3rd from 15:00 – 17:30 CEST / 09:00 – 11:30 EST. The agenda is available here.

6th International EbA Community of Practice Workshop

Fall 2021

The International EbA Community of Practice aims at knowledge and experience sharing and mutual learning beyond projects, institutions and regional boundaries on Ecosystem-based Adaptation (EbA). During this yearly workshop, a combination of facilitated discussions on emerging issues of common interest as well as practical experiences on applied EbA approaches, methods and tools and/or the functioning of the community itself are addressed.

FEBA Event Archive

7th EbA Knowledge Day

26 May 2021

Final Agenda for 7th EbA Knowledge Day

The 7th EbA Knowledge Day, entitled Overcoming Barriers to Adaptation: Employing Innovative EbA Approaches to Upscale NbS, took place on Wednesday, 26 May 2021 from 15:00-19:00 CEST / 09:00-13:00 EDT.

The EbA Knowledge Day is a yearly meeting for EbA policy makers, practitioners, donors and researchers, which is organized by the BMU-IKI funded and GIZ implemented Global Project Mainstreaming EbA in collaboration with IUCN under the FEBA network. Based on the successes from last year, the next EbA Knowledge Day will be held in a virtual or hybrid format. As we are currently entering the second super year for biodiversity and Nature-based Solutions continue to gain importance, this year’s Knowledge Day will pick up on the most recent developments for climate adaptation.

Learn more about EbA on adaptationcommunity.net. View documentation on previous EbA Knowledge Days.

Ministers’ Statements for 7th EbA Knowledge Day

Nature-based Solutions for Disaster Risk Reduction and Climate Change Adaptation in Humanitarian Contexts

Monday 3 May 2021

Time: 13:00 UTC / 15:00 CET / 20:00 ICT / 09:00 EDT / 08:00 CDT / 06:00 PDT

The Humanitarian Networks and Partnerships Weeks (HNPW) 2021 took place from 19 April to 7 May 2021. The FEBA, Partnership for Environment and Disaster Risk Reduction (PEDRR), Environment and Humanitarian Action Network (EHAN) cross-network working group on EbA in Humanitarian & Post-Disaster Contexts hosted a joint session at the HNPW 2021 on the topic of Nature-based Solutions for Disaster Risk Reduction and Climate Change Adaptation in Humanitarian Contexts.

Ecosystem services, environmental health and safeguarding, and natural hazards are often overlooked within humanitarian crises. Degradation of ecosystems and their services exacerbates peoples’ risk from the hazards and impacts of climate change, reducing access to safe, sufficient natural resources needed for livelihoods and undermining long-term development gains. Meanwhile, environmental and climactic factors play a critical role in the development and trajectory of complex crises. The cross-network working group on EbA in Humanitarian & Post-Disaster Contexts, chaired by Mercy Corps and IUCN, convenes stakeholders across the global networks of FEBA, EHAN, and PEDRR, to collaboratively address how nature-based solutions and environmental safeguarding can be a core component of, and a strategy in, humanitarian aid and development. In this session, a panel discussion of participants across sectors in nature-based solutions for disaster risk reduction explored the contribution of ecosystem-based adaptation (EbA) to developing cost-effective, novel and durable solutions within crisis-hit areas and building immediate and long-term resilience. Interactive small group discussions followed, exploring different themes and deliverables (e.g. policy briefs, a toolkit and guidance) of the working group’s learning agenda and promoting collective problem-solving and partnership. 

Nature-based Solutions for Recovery: Ministerial Panel

3 March 2021

As the leading organisation on NbS for Societal Challenges, IUCN is working with its members and partners across the world in making NbS a central component for national Post-COVID-19 recovery plans and policy frameworks. Capitalising on NbS for recovery can also enhance pathways and positive impacts for addressing the climate crisis as well as biodiversity loss crisis. IUCN’s ambition is to work with its 91 state members in achieving cross-sectoral policy alignments, whereby NbS can be leveraged at scale for multiple, simultaneous benefits for people and nature. As part of this commitment, IUCN will be hosting two Ministerial panels on NbS for Recovery on 3rd of March. 10 state members will join IUCN’s Director General, Dr Bruno Oberle, in 2 lively and engaging discussions on what is being achieved and what more can be done to leverage the power of NbS for recovery.

To accommodate different time zones, the event is designed in to two segments:

  • The first segment of IUCN’s Ministerial panel will be held from 8:00 to 9:00 (CET), targeting Oceania, Asia, Africa as well as Europe. On this panel, ministers from China, Egypt, Portugal and South Africa will be joining the DG.
  • The second segment, will be held from 14:00 to 15:00 (CET), targeting Africa, Europe and Americas. It will also be simultaneously translated into French and Spanish. On this panel, ministers from Costa Rica, Peru, Russia and Senegal will be joining the DG.

The Blue Guide to Coastal Resilience Launch

2 February 2021 (World Wetlands Day)

This TNC-PEDRR-FEBA joint webinar was held to launch The Nature Conservancy’s The Blue Guide to Coastal Resilience, which offers guidance on integratiing nature-based solutions into disaster risk reduction planning. This webinar brought together eco-DRR and EbA experts to discuss how NbS in wetlands are able to build climate resilience and help people adapt to climate change.

Beyond ‘do no harm’: Nexus approaches for doing better with nature

November 11, 2020

As part of the cross-network FEBA, Environment and Humanitarian Action Network (EHAN), and Partnership for Environment and Disaster Risk Reduction (PEDRR) working group on EbA in Humanitarian & Post-Disaster contexts, this webinar introduced the potential of nature-based solutions in humanitarian contexts, and explored opportunities to better harness NbS to meet humanitarian needs and deliver a range of benefits.

To watch the webinar, visit the YouTube recording here. The IUCN Global Standard for Nature-based Solutions is accessible here.

Ecosystem-based Adaptation in Cities: People, Nature & Justice

October 30, 2020

To mark World Cities Day, the FEBA Urban EbA Working Group, PlanAdapt, and the Green-Gray Community of Practice co-hosted the webinar to showcase urban EbA in the Global South by highlighting three case studies from India, Colombia, and Kenya, to promote the mainstreaming of EbA approaches as a cornerstone of climate adaptation in urban contexts.

The webinar recap blog is available here. To watch the webinar, visit the YouTube recording here.

Friends of EbA Members’ Meeting

June 25, 2020

Download the meeting documentation from the virtual FEBA members’ meeting. View the slides from the FEBA Member Updates and FEBA Working Group Updates here

6th EbA Knowledge Day

June 8, 2020

The 6th EbA Knowledge Day, hosted by FEBA and GIZ in a first-ever virtual format, focused on the opportunities, challenges and examples of linking climate change and biodiversity conservation efforts through EbA. Policy makers, practitioners, donors and researchers exchanged ideas and experiences through a series of presentations, panels and interactive sessions. Key points included that especially in light of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, climate change impacts further exacerbates exists vulnerabilities of communities; but EbA measures have the potential to address climate, biodiversity, public health, and green economic recovery in an integrative manner.  The EbA Knowledge Day also explored challenges in mainstreaming EbA and accelerating strong political will at the highest level.

Download the documentation of the 6th EbA Knowledge Day here, and view the recordings of the welcome sessionpanel discussion, as well as the high-level Minister remarks from the Hon. Carlos Manuel Rodríguez, MOE Costa Rica, the Hon. Fabiola Martha Muñoz Dodero, MOE Peru, the Hon. Malik Amin Aslam, MOE Pakistan, the Hon. Saleh Al-kharabsheh, MOE Jordan, and the Hon. Yasmine Fouad, MOE Egypt.

Friends of EbA Members’ Meeting at UNFCCC COP25

December 5, 2019

Download the meeting documentation from the FEBA members’ meeting.

 

Biodiversity, Climate Change and People: How to monitor and evaluate efforts to increase resilience

November 28, 2019

At CBD SBSTTA 23, FEBA convened a session to launch the Guidebook for Monitoring and Evaluating Ecosystem-based Adaptation Interventions, produced by the working group on M&E. Download the event report.

Friends of EbA Members’ Meeting

June 20, 2019

Download the meeting documentation.

5th EbA Knowledge Day

June 19, 2019

The 5th EbA Knowledge Day was jointly organized by GIZ, IUCN and IIED under FEBA network in the framework of UNFCCC SB 50. During the day, UN negotiators, policy makers, practitioners, researchers, and donors working on issues relevant to climate adaptation, ecosystem management and human resilience got together to enhance knowledge on assessing effectiveness of EbA measures and to better understand governance frameworks relevant for EbA mainstreaming. Key messages from the Knowledge Day were:

  • EbA effectiveness and governance are interlinked topics,
  • Robust monitoring & evaluation systems are needed to underline the cost-effectiveness of EbA and to estimate more in detail the number of people benefitting,
  • Governance of EbA is of crucial importance, as appropriate governance structures ensure that EbA as an approach can be mainstreamed and included in national plans and strategies,

Exchange and networks are crucial for EbA to further develop and need to be fostered. Download the event report and view the presentations.

Ten Years of Ecosystem-based Adaptation: Recognising Champion Governments and Effective Approaches

December 13, 2018

2018 marks ten years since the term “Ecosystem-based Adaptation” was coined by IUCN, its Members and partners at UNFCCC COP14 in Poznan, Poland.

On December 13th, 2018 a high-level session was convened to reflect on the successes and setbacks in mainstreaming EbA into worldwide adaptation and development implementation.

Friends of EbA Members’ Meeting

December 7, 2018

Download the meeting documentation.

4th EbA Knowledge Day

November 26, 2018

Download the event report.

Building Resilience Today for a Sustainable Tomorrow

September 11, 2018

FEBA members hosted the session “Working with Nature to Build Resilience” at this GCAS affiliated event, organized by the Stockholm Resilience Centre, BSR, ICF and the UN Climate Resilience Initiative (A2R) and hosted by PG&E. Read more.

Landscape Restoration for Food Security & Climate Adaptation

July 18, 2018

An event on the sidelines of the 2018 High Level Political Forum emphasized that global agreements must be translated for policy change at the local level, as the SDGs will be implemented “on the ground, not in Conference Room 4”.

Keynote speaker Achim Steiner, UNDP Administrator, called for land restoration to be embedded in the larger sustainable development community, and said it can be used to address inequality.

Friends of EbA such as TMG Thinktank, GIZ, UN Environment, and IUCN joined other partners in hosting this event. Read more.

Landscape Restoration for Food Security & Climate Adaptation

July 18, 2018

An event on the sidelines of the 2018 High Level Political Forum emphasized that global agreements must be translated for policy change at the local level, as the SDGs will be implemented “on the ground, not in Conference Room 4”.

Keynote speaker Achim Steiner, UNDP Administrator, called for land restoration to be embedded in the larger sustainable development community, and said it can be used to address inequality.

Friends of EbA such as TMG Thinktank, GIZ, UN Environment, and IUCN joined other partners in hosting this event. Read more.

Friends of EbA Members’ Meeting

July 4, 2018

Download the meeting documentation.

Better Tools and Standards: Enhancing Effectiveness and Mainstreaming of EbA

July 3, 2018

The concept of using biodiversity and ecosystems to adapt to climate change – Ecosystem-based Adaptation (EbA) – has emerged as a promising approach due to an increased recognition of the multiple environmental and socioeconomic benefits they provide. We are taking the opportunity this year as the 10th anniversary of EbA (EbA+10) to reflect on the progress and possibilities of EbA. Project implementation has revealed that successful EbA at scale is limited and therefore the approach has yet to reach its full potential. To plan effective and feasible EbA interventions it is necessary to have a more systematic consideration of the complexity of social ecological systems to understand their vulnerabilities to climate change and address them. This jointly held side event addressed these challenges based on the diverse experiences of Friends of EbA (FEBA) members IISD and IUCN.

The event was well attended by both Parties and organisations including the representatives of the CBD Secretariat. The objective was to share knowledge and experiences to enhance on-ground implementation of adaptation projects through focusing on the biodiversity-adaptation nexus and introducing tools and methodologies. 

A specific focus was the new Adaptation, Livelihoods and Ecosystems (ALivE) Planning Tool developed by IISD in collaboration with IUCN. ALivE is a practical computer-based Ecosystem based Adaptation (EbA) planning tool designed to support its users in organizing and analyzing information to plan effective EbA options. The participants discussed the need to link biodiversity conservation with climate change efforts and breaking existing silos. It was proposed to develop specific guidelines to help Parties incorporate EbA and DRR components into the NBSAPs. FEBA will work with the CBD Secretariat to assess and facilitate the proposed guidelines for NBSAPs.

Download the event presentations:

ALivE: Adaptation, Livelihoods and Ecosystems Planning Tool – Anika Terton, IISD

Enhancing effectiveness and mainstreaming of EbA: Colombia’s Case Study – Oscar Guevara, WWF Colombia

Co-benefits for Biodiversity and Climate Change – Risa Smith, WCPA Protected Areas Climate Change Specialist Group

Enhancing Capacity, Knowledge and Technology Support to Build Climate Resilience of Vulnerable Developing Countries (EbA South) Project – Tatirose Vijitpan, UN Environment IEMP

A Navigator of Tools and Methodologies for EbA Practitioners and Planners – Daniela Guaras, UN Environment World Conservation Monitoring Centre

3rd EbA Knowledge Day

May 7, 2018

Moving from pilots to mainstreaming – opportunities and challenges of scaling up Ecosystem-based Adaptation: As a UNFCCC SB48 side event, the 3rd EbA Knowledge Day brought together UN negotiators, policy makers, practicioners, researchers and donors working on issues relevant to climate adaptation, ecosystem management and human resilience. More than 60 members from 30 different organizations participated in the full day workshop.

Tenth Anniversary Celebration of IKI

May 5, 2018

Friends of EbA Members’ Meeting

May 4, 2018

Download the meeting documentation.

FEBA Reception

November 15, 2017

IUCN’s Director General Inger Andersen and Norbert Gorißen, Head of IKI, BMUB made welcoming remarks, followed by remarks from country representatives championing EbA and NbS, including:

  • Ms. Lina Pohl, Minister of Environment and Natural Resources, El Salvador
  • Mr. José Galdames, Secretary of State, Ministry of Energy, Natural Resources, Environment and Mining, Honduras
  • Dr. Johanita Ndahimananjara, Minister of Environment, Ecology and Forests, Madagascar: “Ecosystem-based Adaptation approach is confirmed by Madagascar, in order to preserve natural resources, and at the same time to reduce risks of catastrophes.”
  • Dr. Mary Goretti Kitutu, Minister for the Environment, Uganda: “EbA influenced the integration of biodiversity, ecosystem goods and services for adaptation and mitigation, in the climate change policy. We now have the climate change policy.”
  • Mr. Vo Tuan Nhan, Deputy Minister of Natural Resources and Environment, Vietnam: “Recently Vietnam has been implementing many EbA activities in different regions, including coastal and mountainous area. We also have integrated EbA in our social-economic-environmental programs at Vietnam. EbA model will be further implemented in Vietnam for increasing adaptation capacity and resilience for communities and economic sectors.”

Closing remarks were made by Sakhile Koketso, representing the CBD Executive Secretary. View the photo gallery.

Friends of EbA Members’ Meeting

November 10, 2017

Download the FEBA members’ meeting report.

ZEF-EHS-IUCN Seminar Series: EbA Standards, Criteria, and Linkages

November 10, 2017

To conclude the first week of lecture seminars at Bonn University IUCN’s Ali Raza Rizvi featured as keynote speaker at a talk on establishing standards and criteria for ecosystem-based adaptation projects. The talk as well as the panel which followed introduced methods for developing criteria which can help quantify valuations for EbA projects, and produce a shift from project based solutions to a process based solution. Michael Beck from The Nature Conservancy demonstrated a model showing potential for $625 million in avoided flood damage through adaptation projects in 12 east coast states. Katherine Blackwood also presented her recent project, which has identified 20 specific criteria which can be used to evaluate EbA projects. Mr. Raza Rizvi concluded his discussion by reminding the audience that climate change is a moving target, and adaptation can never be the goal, but only a means towards sustainable development. Watch the session and view the photo gallery

ZEF-EHS-IUCN Seminar Series: EbA Planning and Implementation

November 9, 2017

On Thursday Arno Sckeyde from GIZ presented on ecosystem-based planning and implementation, followed by a panel discussion with Florencia Zapata (The Mountain Institute), Luna Bharati (IWMI), Xiaoting Jones (IIED) and Michael Hagenlocher (UNU-EHS). Mr. Sckeyde began with a background on the evolution of EbA within international framework dating back to 2008. The conversation then shifted towards a continuum of EbA techniques, from purely ecosystem-based options to political and social options, with case studies from Thailand and Vietnam. Stressed was the need to evaluate both saved wealth and saved health when comparing EbA green infrastructure with traditional grey infrastructure. Panelists emphasized the importance of knowledge sharing when implementing adaptation projects, and promoted the Panorama platform as a vital tool towards communicating results with policymakers. Watch the session and view the photo gallery.

ZEF-EHS-IUCN Seminar Series: Land Degradation and Climate Change

November 8, 2017

Vice-chair of the IPCC Youba Sokona was featured among a panel on land degradation focusing on sub-Saharan Africa. The cycle of degradation and migration in the region has led to between $300 billion and $9 trillion USD in economic losses and has left the area vulnerable to food scarcity. Hafdis Aegisdottir, director of the UN University Land Restoration Training program introduced the initiative with a goal to use knowledge sharing to improve agricultural techniques in the region. Claudia Ringler from the IFPRI emphasized the gender component of degradation solutions, and Jones Kharika from the UNCCD connected sustainable land management with UN Global Goals for Sustainable Development. Together, the panel highlighted the need for innovative approaches in addressing food security issues. Watch the session and view the photo gallery.

ZEF-EHS-IUCN Seminar Series: Ecosystem Services and Climate Change

November 7, 2017

The second of five lectures at Bonn University, ZEF focused on ecosystem services and climate change. Thomas Koetz opened the presentation with a description of the IBPES and its current goals. IBPES was established in 2012 with the vision of providing to the biodiversity field what IPCC provides to climate. By providing objective scientific assessments to policy makers the organization strengthens the science to policy interface. Already IBPES has identified that $577 billion in annual global food production relies on pollination, an amount which is in danger as climate change leads to a decline of global pollinator populations. Marina Kosmus from the GIZ provided a practitioner’s perspective, and demonstrated visible connections between nature and economic sectors. She presented a six step approach which assists in identifying dependencies, impacts, risks and opportunities. Souleymane Konate and Girbo Kelboro Mensuro supported the importance of ecosystem services with case studies from Côte d’Ivoire and Ethiopia, respectively. Watch the session and view the photo gallery.

ZEF-EHS-IUCN Seminar Series: Biodiversity and Protected Areas Under Climate Change

November 6, 2017

The lecture series at Bonn University began on Monday with a talk on biodiversity and protected areas in climate change. The panel consisting of two men and four women included IUCN’s Ali Raza Rizvi. The difficulties of modeling sea level rise and other climate change effects was addressed, leading to a discussion over the balance between directing resources towards improved modeling techniques and implementing solutions immediately. Protected areas are an important but sometimes antiquated form of environmental protection, and as climate change triggers changes in flora and fauna the need to adjust these areas accordingly arises. Only half of protected areas have management plans and only half of those plans are implemented, a discrepancy which needs to be at the forefront of rethinking protected area objectives. Other topics discussed included adjusting protecting areas as target species migrate with climate change, focusing on the connectivity between protected areas, especially in marine environments, and the relationships between national parks and nearby communities. Watch the session and view the photo gallery.

2nd EbA Knowledge Day

November 6, 2017

GIZ, IUCN, IIED and FEBA invited around 55 delegates and representatives from governments, international organizations, NGOs and research to share knowledge and practical experiences for strengthening EbA into policy frameworks based on practical examples. Felix Ries (Programme Office of BMUB’s International Climate Initiative) opened the event by focusing on two main points, communicating the benefits of ecosystem-based approaches and developing financing strategies. During a short panel discussion moderated by Ali Raza Rizvi, speakers from UN-Environment, Government of Mexico, Oxford University and The Nature Conservancy Micronesia provided insights and practical experiences for demonstrating EbA benefits and financing options. A marketplace session – including seven concrete examples and tools from IUCN, IIED, GIZ, RARE, DIE, FEBA and PANORAMA, for assessing, communicating and sharing EbA benefits – served as a platform for further knowledge exchange among participants. Download the full event documentation and view the photo gallery

Friends of EbA Members’ Meeting

May 12, 2017

IUCN reported that FEBA now numbers over 40 institutional members. Since the last FEBA members’ meeting at COP22 in Marrakech, the new members are Ecologic Institute, German Aerospace Center, Stockholm Resilience Centre, KfW, UN University-Institute for Environment and Human Security, and Uganda’s Ministry of Environment. The FEBA mailing list comprises over 90 individuals, having grown by 12 since  COP22. Read more.

EbA Knowledge Day

May 11, 2017

In the framework of the 46th meeting of the subsidiary bodies of UNFCCC, GIZ, IUCN and the Friends of EbA (FEBA) invited around 45 delegates and representatives from governments, international organizations, NGOs and research to share knowledge and practical experiences for strengthening EbA into policy frameworks, at national and subnational level based on practical examples. Read more.

FEBA side-event at UNFCCC COP22

November 12, 2016

Through an interactive session hosted in the Japanese Pavilion, panellists from the Commission on Ecosystem Mangement, the government of Austria, UN Environment, Birdlife International, and UNDP discussed opportunities and challenges for facilitating the  implementation of the Paris Agreement by employing EbA approaches. Read more.

Second Meeting of the Friends of EbA

May 19, 2016

The second meeting of Friends of EbA (FEBA) was held on May 19, 2016 in Bonn. The German Ministry of Environment hosted the meeting at its offices.

FEBA side-events at UNFCCC COP21

December 5 & 8, 2015

The objective of two side events at COP21 was to highlight and promote the importance of Ecosystem based Adaptation (EbA) as an effective means towards enhancing human climate resilience as a part of adaptation negotiation and planning processes. These knowledge sharing events were held at the IUCN Pavilion in the Blue Zone. Read more.

First Meeting of the Friends of EbA

June 5, 2015

The first meeting of Friends of EbA (FEBA) was held on June 5, 2015 in Bonn. The German Ministry of Environment hosted the meeting at its offices.

Missed an event? Learn more about EbA from these FEBA event presentations:

Governance of Ecosystems to Address Climate Change, by Angela Andrade, CEM

Governing Ecosystems to Address Climate Change Key Messages From the Beijing Declaration, by Chunfeng Wang, CSFAFE

Legal Frameworks for Ecosystem-based Governance, by Juan Carlos Sanchez, IUCN

EbA and Governance, by Jamison Ervin, UNDP

Mountain EbA: the role of Genetic Diversity, Indigenous Knowledge, and Customary Institutions, by Krystyna Swiderska, IIED

Amazon Protected Areas: Natural Solutions to Climate Change, by Analiz Vergara, WWF

Ecosystem-based Adaptation in the coastal zone: Towards a new paradigm, by Brendan Mackey, Griffith University

Ecosystem-based Adaptation (EbA) in the International Climate Initiative, by Felix Diesner, BMUB

Using Community Agreements for Nature Based Community Enterprises and Ecosystem Based Adaptation, by Sam Kanyamibwa, ARCOS