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The Community of Practice on Ecosystem-based Adaptation (EBA) invites you to participate in their regional contest on Demonstrating evidence of Ecosystem-based Adaptation: Cases in Latin America and the Caribbean.

UN Environment REGATTA and Practical Action are interested in documenting good examples of ecosystem-based adaptation (EbA) in Latin America and the Caribbean, where implementing EbA technologies and practices contribute to adaptation to climate change. The objective of this contest is to document and disseminate successful stories on the implementation of EbA technologies and practices. Ten case studies will be selected to be included in the publication of the book: "Evidence on Ecosystem-Based Adaptation: Cases in Latin America and the Caribbean."

Send your case study by 20th of April 2017. Click here for more details on the regional contest and application process, and for any questions please contact Dr. Lili Ilieva:


The BMUB-IKI funded global project "Mainstreaming EbA," implemented by GIZ, is currently carrying out a short (10 question) online survey seeking to collect information about applied methods for assessing and measuring EbA benefits (social, environmental, economic) delivered by ecosystem services, especially on storm damage protection, flood protection, drought control, control of landslides, waterflow regulation and water storage. The aim is to identify best practices and lessons learned that can serve to enhance future work to strengthen the ability of decision-makers to mainstream EbA into policy and planning processes.

GIZ is hoping to learn about studies which:

  • Assess, evaluate or measure the benefits and impacts of ecosystem based adaptation (EbA);
  • Compare or contrast EbA benefits and impacts with those of ‘grey’ adaptation infrastructure; and/or
  • Assess, evaluate or measure ecosystem services which relate to climate adaptation (e.g. watershed protection, drought mitigation, flood control, coastal protection, disaster-risk reduction, etc.).

These could be any type of study, for example: technical investigations, project planning or appraisal processes, advocacy or awareness campaigns, training and capacity building exercises, case studies or academic research. They might have been carried out by projects, international organisations, government agencies, NGOs, research institutes, universities, consultants or the private sector.

Results will be compiled as a publicly available sourcebook of EbA-relevant valuation methods but also feed into a toolbox of EbA-relevant methods being set up in coordination with the IIED/IUCN/UNEP-WCMC implemented project "Ecosystem-based adaptation (EbA): Strengthening the evidence and informing policy."

Click here to participate in the survey.


The IPBES Expert Group on Scenarios and Models is conducting a survey to identify a variety of policy and management options that can promote biodiversity and nature’s contributions to people and human well-being. Respondents' input will be used both for a short term activity to improve existing scenarios and models for the global assessment and the fifth Global Biodiversity Outlook and for long-term activities for developing a new generation of IPBES scenarios in support of the work of IPBES and decision-makers at all levels. Click here to participate in the survey.



Launch of the UNDP-managed Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (BES-Net) Web Portal

On Friday, 9 December 2016, the event “Launch of the UNDP-managed Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (BES-Net) Web Portal” took place at the Convention of Biological Diversity COP13. Presented by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), this video by IISD Reporting Services provides an overview of the event, which reviewed a new, cutting-edge platform to build capacity and promote global dialogue among science, policy and practice.

Sturle Hauge Simonsen Interviews Solene Le Doze, Capacity Network Coordinator for BES-Net

Sturle Hauge Simonsen, Head of Communications at the Stockholm Resilience Centre, interviews Solene Le Doze, Capacity Network Coordinator for the UNDP-managed Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services Network (BES-Net) following the formal launch event at CDB COP 13 in Cancun, Mexico.


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