Climate Change and Ecosystem-based Adaptation: A New Pragmatic Approach to Buffering Climate Change Impacts

Report / Paper

Climate Change and Ecosystem-based Adaptation: A New Pragmatic Approach to Buffering Climate Change Impacts

PUBLISHED DATE

March 2013

RESOURCE

The article maintains that Ecosystem-based Approaches for Adaptation (EbA) is a flexible strategy that can cope with the magnitude, speed, and uncertainty of climate change. EbA buffers human communities from natural hazards, erosion and flooding, enables people and biodiversity to move better to more viable habitats as the climate changes, secures water resources, and enhances critical ecosystem services. Though EbA still remains under-utilised by policymakers and associated stakeholders, it provides a viable strategy for pursuing development goals simultaneously with climate change adaptation and mitigation targets