Urban EbA

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Chaired by PlanAdapt

Healthy, functioning, and resilient ecosystems lay the foundation for sustainable economic development, food and water security, disaster risk reduction and climate action. The impacts of climate change pose unique risks to densely populated urban areas – and thus, the role of EbA as part of adaptation strategies in urban areas is critical. The FEBA Urban EbA Working Group, co-chaired by IUCN and PlanAdapt, brings together researchers and practitioners from the fields of urban development, climate change, EbA and green-grey infrastructure to share successes and failures to help learn from past projects and improve future urban EbA initiatives. In late 2020, the working group launched a survey to identify and compile practical examples of urban EbA planning and implementation (view survey questions, in English, as a PDF and Word document), and hosted a webinar to showcase case studies of urban EbA in the Global South to promote the mainstreaming of EbA approaches as a cornerstone of climate adaptation in urban contexts. The information gathered through the survey, webinar and follow-up interviews will provide the basis for a FEBA technical publication on EbA in urban ecosystems. This compilation will contribute to the knowledge base of the growing area – in theory and practice – of Urban EbA.

Event Archive

Climate Justice for People and Nature through Urban Ecosystem-based Adaptation (EbA)

30 March 2022, 11:00 Geneva (CET) / 12:00 Nairobi (EAT) / 16:00 Ha Noi (ICT) at The Nature of Cities (TNOC) Festival

Ecosystem-based Adaptation (EbA) seeks to balance biodiversity conservation and social inclusion as part of an overall climate adaptation strategy. The Friends of EbA urban EbA working group chaired by PlanAdapt explores the role of climate justice in ecosystem-based adaptation in developing more resilient, sustainable, just, and livable cities.

In September 2021, the FEBA Urban EbA working group published a technical publication on climate justice for people and nature in the Global South. Ecosystem-based Adaptation (Also known as nature-based solutions for climate adaptation) are actions to conserve, restore or sustainably manage ecosystems and their services to increase the resilience of communities and ecosystems to the impacts of climate change. In the spirit of the working group which comprises a multidisciplinary membership of organisations working to address climate resilience in cities in the global South, this seed session will present the social principles of ecosystem-based adaptation identified by the working group and engage participants in a discussion of how these social principles are implemented in their work across the globe. The aim of this session is to continue the work of the working group in identifying and integrating climate justice into adaptation work across cities of the global South. The session is open to and seeks to bring together actors in environment, social development, urban planning, climate change, finance and other relevant sectors with the goal of more resilient, sustainable, just, and livable cities.

Climate Justice for People and Nature through Urban Ecosystem-based Adaptation: A focus on the Global South

Urban October Webinar and Technical Publication Launch

28 October 2021, 15:00 – 16:30 Berlin time (CEST)

Ecosystems can greatly improve the liveability of our increasingly urbanised world. Ecosystem-based Adaptation (EbA) is an approach to conserve, restore and sustainably manage ecosystems and ecosystem services to reduce vulnerability to climate change impacts. Ecosystems and their services can additionally deliver climate-just outcomes, particularly in urban areas of the Global South. In August 2021, FEBA’s Urban EbA Working Group published the joint technical paper ‘Climate Justice for people and nature through urban Ecosystem-based Adaptation (EbA): A focus on the Global South’. The paper 1) gathers practical examples of urban EbA interventions around the world; and 2) explores their links with seven EbA Social Principles related to climate justice.

Coordinated by PlanAdapt and FEBA, this webinar will be an opportunity to learn more about the seven EbA social principles, their relationship to existing FEBA EbA Qualification Criteria and Quality Standards and the IUCN Global Standard on Nature-based Solutions, and to learn from practitioners how the principles were implemented in EbA interventions.

Recording link to come.

Knowledge Products

Climate justice for people and nature through urban Ecosystem-based Adaptation (EbA): A focus on the Global South

Technical publication by the FEBA Urban EbA Working Group

The Urban EbA Working Group of the Friends of EbA (FEBA), coordinated by PlanAdapt and the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), recently published a technical paper ‘Climate Justice for People and Nature through Urban Ecosystem-based Adaptation: A focus on the Global South’.

This paper shows practical examples of urban EbA interventions gathered through an online survey and it explores their links with seven EbA Social Principles:

  1. participation and inclusiveness,
  2. capacity building,
  3. fairness and equitability,
  4. integration of traditional/local knowledge,
  5. livelihood improvement,
  6. gender consideration and
  7. appropriateness of scale

Alongside an analysis of 31 practical examples of urban EbA interventions, six in-depth case study narratives are further explored through multimedia StoryMaps. By analysing the surveyed case studies through the lens of the EbA Social Principles, this paper demonstrates the potential of EbA interventions to deliver climate-just outcomes for urban areas in the Global South.

This paper demonstrates EbA interventions’ potential to deliver climate-just outcomes for urban areas in the Global South. The technical paper is available to download here and the case study StoryMaps are viewable here.

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