Exploring Ecosystem-based Adaptation

Contact Information: Angela Andrade, Deputy Chair CEM: a.andrade@conservation.org or Bernal Herrera-Fernandez, CEM Regional Chair Meso America: bernalhf@catie.ac.cr

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This journey explores ecosystem-based approaches to adapt to changing environmental conditions from the project level to policies. Participants will gain insights into guiding principles; discussions will identify lessons learned from communities in different ecosystems around the world including effective tools as well as the main challenges and opportunities that lie ahead. 

 Key points that will be considered include:

·       How Ecosystem-based Adaptation helps to reduce the effects of climate variability and climate change in different ecosystems and communities of the world.

·       How to determine the vulnerability of socio-ecological systems in different contexts and how Ecosystem-based Adaptation can promote greater resilience.

·       Ways in which Ecosystem-based Adaptation can be mainstreamed in Ecosystem Management.

 We will conclude our journey with concrete proposals to promote and encourage enhanced use of ecosystem-based adaptation to promote greater resilience to changing conditions.  

Friday, 7 September - The journey starts with the workshop #812 presenting the principles and guidelines of EbA approaches. A one-day course on Access and benefit sharing is also offered (#279). During the day, three Workshops will explore various aspects of EbA through experiences in transboundary river basins (#116), peatland restoration (#17) and marine conservation (#808). Join Knowledge Café Discussions about the EbA concept (#701) and the prevention of ecosystem degradation (#319).

Saturday, 8 September - Sign up for the Conservation Campus Course (#480) if you are considering Community Based Adaptation approaches, or learn more about "Landscapes for People, Food and Nature Initiative" (Workshop #765) and Asia-Pacific Biodiversity Observation Network (AP-BON) (Workshop #594). Knowledge Café Discussions will focus on management of High Seas Protected Areas (#743) and of wetlands in the River Plate Basin (#90).

Sunday, 9 September - In the morning Workshop #776 will look at adaptation to climate change, while Knowledge Cafés will examine how monetary justice relates to long-term sustainability (#516) and share lessons about watershed restoration in China (#650). The end of the day is dedicated to two Workshops debating the issues of energy/water/food competition (#744) and ecosystem service(#512).

Monday, 10 September - Participate in a Knowledge Café Discussion (#81) that will provide insights into cultural landscape. The role landscape restoration and connectivity conservation plays in enhancing biodiversity conservation will be explored in Workshops #561 and #735. In the evening a Workshop (#780) will look at High Seas Conservation.

Tuesday, 11 September In the morning a Workshop (# 787) will present initiatives for gender equality and the valuing of indigenous peoples, while lessons learned from cross-border management are discussed in Knowledge Café #606. The EbA journey concludes with presentation of key proposals from the journey events in Commission/Programme wrap-up session (workshop #813) where priorities, strategies and actions will be identified for the coming inter-sessional period.

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