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.

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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