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Global Ecosystems Based Adaptation in Mountains Programme

Wednesday, 26 October 2016 14:50 Written by 
  • Location(s): Nepal, Peru, Uganda
  • Type(s): Solution
  • Theme(s): Climate Change, Natural Resources
  • SDG(s): 13. Climate Action
  • Locations in Africa: Uganda
  • Types in Africa: Solution
  • Themes in Africa: Climate Change, Natural Resources Management
  • SDGs in Africa: 13. Climate Action

These countries have been selected as pilot countries, due to their significant vulnerability to climate change, coupled with their endowment of fragile mountain ecosystems upon which a multitude of communities and economic activities depend.

The Ecosystems-based Adaptation (EbA) in Mountains Programme is a global partnership jointly implemented by UNDP, UNEP and IUCN from 2011-2015, with funding from the Germany’s Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety (BMUB). While global in scope, Uganda, Nepal and Peru were selected as pilot countries, due to their significant vulnerability to climate change, coupled with their endowment of fragile mountain ecosystems upon which a multitude of communities and economic activities depend.

The overarching Programme goal is to strengthen capacities of the involved governments and local communities to reduce vulnerability and increase resilience to the effects of climate change using EbA measures in targeted mountain ecosystems.

Expected programme results include:

  • New and field tested methodologies and decision-making tools for EbA, including Vulnerability & Impact Assessments;
  • Monitoring and Evaluation centered on ecosystem resilience; and
  • Capacities and knowledge of all involved stakeholders (national, district and local level government, local communities and civil society organizations) will be enhanced for planning and implementing both early action “No Regrets” and longer-term EbA measures through pilot activities in target mountain ecosystems.

Based on evidence emerging from these processes, lessons will also be generated on how to use cost-benefit analyses to make an economic case for specific EbA measures. In close collaboration with key government agencies, evidence and lessons will be generated on how to mainstream EbA into broader district and national policy and financing frameworks. These lessons can be scaled-up and shared as policy examples at regional and global levels beyond the three pilot countries. Overall, the resilience to climate change of targeted mountain ecosystems and their local custodians will be enhanced.

More information on the project is available herehttp://adaptation-undp.org/projects/mountain-eba

Achievements:

  • Methodologies and tools for EbA decision making developed
  • EbA methodologies and tools applied at ecosystem level
  • EbA pilot projects implemented in each pilot country and contributing towards ecosystem resilience and reduction of livelihood vulnerability in the face of climate change impacts
  • Business case for EbA at the local and national levels developed
  • New learning and knowledge on EbA generated

Replication: 

  • Learning materials were generated from the project to share best practices and knowledge:
  • Introduction to Ecosystem-based Adaptation: A nature-based response to climate change
  • Generating multiple benefits from Ecosystem-based Adaptation in Mountain Ecosystems
  • Making the economic case for Ecosystem-based Adaptation
  • Making the case for policy change and financing for Ecosystem-based Adaptation


Budget:
 The project was funded by Germany’s Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety (BMUB): Euro 11.5 million

Contact details: 
Caroline Petersen, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Tine Rossing, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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