EbA and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)

Chaired by SwedBio

The Working Group on EbA & the SDGs, chaired by SwedBio, will develop a comprehensive report on the role of EbA in the successful implementation and achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals. The report will build on related reviews focused on the importance of addressing climate change and biodiversity for sustainable development. This FEBA report will address for each SDG how habitat degradation, species loss and climate change undermine EbA and the potential achievement of the SDG as well as how an EbA approach can support its achievement.

This newly re-energized working group is aiming for a publication to launch at the High-Level Political Forum (HLPF), in mid-2022. The publication will include a lengthier discussion of each SDG and how it relates to EbA, along with a comprehensive, concise executive summary.

The SDGs of life on land (15), life below water (14), clean water and sanitation (6) and climate action (13) are the base of the “wedding cake”, illustrating how nature connects and is the basis for all other SDGs (Source: Rockström and Sukhdev, 2016; Science for Environment Policy, 2021). 

Knowledge Products

Ecosystem-based Adaptation and the successful implementation and achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals

Report by the FEBA EbA and SDGs Working Group

The EbA and SDGs Working Group of the Friends of EbA (FEBA), coordinated by  SwedBio and the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), launched a report at the UN High-Level Political Forum (HLPF) on Sustainable Development.

At the nexus of sustainable development, human rights, climate action, and nature conservation, Ecosystem-based Adaptation (EbA) recognises the symbiotic connections between people and ecosystems. By creating more resilient populations, such approaches can have far-reaching benefits in improving the capacity of humans to withstand not only climate hazards, but also economic shocks and stressors. These nature-based climate solutions have an interconnected role across sustainable development goals – from health, water and nutrition to clean energy, sustainable infrastructure, and equality – with incredible potential to drive progress across the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) while building more equitable and resilient societies.

This joint technical report dives into of the connections between EbA and each of the 17 SDGs, with each of the 17 sections addressing threats posed by climate change, ecosystem degradation, and/or biodiversity loss, including how these impede the achievement of a given SDG. Each section subsequently provides an overview of how an effectively implemented EbA approach can underpin successful achievement of a given SDG. The full bibliography provides context and information for expanding this knowledge base.

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