UNU-EHS: New guidebook on climate risk assessment for Ecosystem-based Adaptation

Ecosystem-based adaptation (EbA) uses biodiversity and ecosystem services as part of an overall adaption strategy to help people adapt to the negative effects of climate change and to reduce their risk to environmental hazards.                                                                                         

Examples of successful EbA range from restoring mangroves along coastlines, restoring wetlands in river basins, to establishing and managing protection forests in mountain regions.

However, there is still a lot of potential to further integrate EbA into local and regional planning and decision-making processes.

To this end, the new ‘Climate Risk Assessment for Ecosystem-based Adaptation’ handbook was developed in partnership by the United Nations University Institute for Environment and Human Security (UNU-EHS), the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (German Society for International Cooperation (GIZ)), and Eurac Research.

Please find the handbook here: http://collections.unu.edu/view/UNU:6522

It aims to equip technical experts and planners working at local, sub-national or national levels with a ‘tool’ that can provide a sound assessment of climate risk(s) for social-ecological systems and provides guidance on how to systematically consider ecosystems and their services both as a driver of risk as well as an opportunity for risk reduction and adaptation.

Please find the full article here: https://bit.ly/2LTUXRy

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