SP 5.3 Ecosystem-based adaptation

 Wednesday 11 May, 08.45 – 10.30, Penn Room I

Ecosystem-based adaptation (EbA) is said by its proponents to be a cost-effective, flexible and win-win approach to adaptation to climate variability and change that has the potential to deliver multiple development and environmental benefits. This session sets out to explore (i) the relevance and general applicability of EbA in broader adaptation processes in various contexts, and (ii) how scientific uncertainty, data constraints and technical complexity can be managed to successfully bridge the science-practice gap and help optimise the project design. An interactive discussion with practitioners and technical experts, drawing on case studies, will be followed by audience participation on these topics.

Organised by Barney Dickson, United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), Kenya
Fareeha Y. Iqbal, Global Environment Facility (GEF), USA
Partners United Nations Environment Programme, World Conservation Monitoring Centre (UNEP-WCMC), United Kingdom
Conservation International, USA
Chair Valerie Kapos, United Nations Environment Programme, World Conservation Monitoring Centre (UNEP-WCMC), United Kingdom
Rapporteur David Hole, Conservation International, USA
Presentations

The role of long-term research in catalysing large-scale EbA investments
Anthony Mills, C4 EcoSolutions, South Africa

Advances in ecosystem-based adaptation and challenges for scaling up
Imen Meliane, United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), Tunisia

Reassessing Ecosystem-Based Adaptation
Barney Dickson, United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), Kenya

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