LAUNCH: New navigator supports uptake of Ecosystem-based Adaption solutions

15 September 2019

IIED, IUCN, UNEP-WCMC and GIZ are today launching a new navigator that catalogues tools for ecosystem-based adaptation planners and practitioners.

Ecosystem-based adaptation (EbA), a nature-based solution for adaptation to climate change, has huge potential to help governments, civil society and communities to manage the impacts of climate change. Although there are hundreds of tools and methodologies available to support the integration of EbA into adaptation strategies, information on these tools is not always easily accessible to those who need it.

Together, IIED, IUCN, UNEP-WCMC and GIZ have developed the EbA Tools Navigator to help practitioners and policymakers identify the most appropriate tools for including EbA into their climate adaptation plans. This searchable database currently includes information on more than 240 tools and methods for planning, implementing and monitoring EbA activities.

Members of the GIZ-supported international EbA community of practice and the IUCN-supported Friends of EbA (FEBA) network provided valuable feedback on early versions of the Navigator.

The Navigator has now been released in its final form, and the developers are encouraging EbA practitioners and planners to use it for their own work. Users are also welcome to share information on tools not yet listed and on their experiences using tools to support EbA.

Download the EbA Tools Navigator(excel file).

The EbA Tools Navigator has been developed through a collaboration between two International Climate Initiative (IKI) funded projects: Ecosystem-based adaptation (EbA): strengthening the evidence and informing policy, implemented by IIED, IUCN and UNEP-WCMC; and Mainstreaming ecosystem-based adaptation (EbA): strengthening EbA in planning and decision-making processes, implemented by GIZ.

For more about IIED and partners’ work on Nature-based Adaptation Solutions: 

Project: Nature-based solutions to climate change adaptation

Report: Is ecosystem-based adaptation effective? Perceptions and lessons learned from 13 project sites

Policy brief: Nature-based solutions to climate change adaptation

Navigator: Tools for Ecosystem-based Adaption(excel file)

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