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EditImage Description:Cattle coming in from the fields in the evening in Lhate Village, Chokwe, Mozambique.
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Climate change is one of the greatest challenges of our time. We have to act quickly to help people adapt now.

Ecosystem-based adaptation (EbA) — the conservation, sustainable management and restoration of natural ecosystems to help people adapt to climate change — is receiving growing attention for its great potential to reduce people’s vulnerability to a range of climate change impacts and provide significant co-benefits for biodiversity and people, especially those most vulnerable to climate change.

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EditItem Title:Conduct vulnerability assessments
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EditItem Text:Vulnerability assessments are a key element of a successful adaptation strategy. They identify the likely impacts of climate change and the consequences of those impacts on human populations, ecosystems and ecosystem services — such as fresh water, coastal protection and crop pollination. The assessments help identify which impacts need to be targeted first and which EbA actions are most important for addressing them.
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EditItem Title:Implement and assess EbA strategies
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EditItem Text:CI carries out EbA pilot projects that implement the recommendations of vulnerability assessments. Project sites are selected based on assessment results, socio-political issues and partnerships between key players. Tracking and monitoring are essential for assessing the costs, effectiveness, co-benefits and impacts of EbA actions on communities and biodiversity. Throughout the process, CI helps build EbA capacity of key local scientists, community organizations and policymakers.
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EditItem Text:Results of pilot projects, in terms of their costs, effectiveness and co-benefits, help shape regional and national climate change adaptation policies by demonstrating the feasibility of EbA actions compared with other adaptation activities. Through engagement with international policy forums, lessons from our experiences are also informing global dialogue on EbA, influencing how standards are developed and how EbA is implemented worldwide.
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​​CI's Solutions

For decades, CI has been working to develop methods and best practices that influence global policy decisions and local resource management using an ecosystem-based approach. Taking lessons from these experiences, we have now combined them with climate science to more explicitly target adaptation outcomes. We not only generate results at project sites, but we use the experiences to benefit EbA efforts in the region and around the globe, integrating lessons learned into national policy and international fora, such as the UNFCCC.

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EditImage Alt Text:A herder brings his cattle in for the night. © Tessa Mildenhall
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EditCaption Description:In South Africa, CI is working to rehabilitate wetlands and improve rangeland management in the Leliefontein area, and improved land management in the Steinkopf area, to counter the anticipated reduction in livestock productivity resulting from increasing temperatures and aridity exacerbated by uncertain rainfall patterns.
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EditImage Alt Text:Measuring the growth of a newly planted mangrove. © Nandini Narayanan
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EditCaption Description:In the Philippines, CI is conserving and restoring mangroves in abandoned fishponds to help reduce the vulnerability of communities to flooding resulting from typhoons and other storms that are expected to be more frequent with climate change. The mangroves also offer valuable tourism income and provide critical habitat for fisheries. The Philippines government has now integrated EbA into its national strategy on climate change.
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EditImage Alt Text:Abrolhos National Park, Bahia, Brazil © Luciano Candisani/iLCP
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EditCaption Description:In Brazil, CI takes an integrated approach to terrestrial, coastal and marine adaptation. In the Abrolhos Seascape, CI is working to increase the resilience of coral reefs to minimize the coastal erosion as a result of sea level rise and changes in wave dynamics. CI engaged with policymakers to include EbA activities into the municipal plan of conservation and restoration of the Atlantic Forest in the municipality of Porto Seguro, the first of its kind in the country to include climate change and climate change adaptation information on it.
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EditImage Alt Text:Harvesting ripe beans from a coffee plant. Coffee plantation in Costa Rica. © Oscar Gutierrez
EditCaption Title:Costa Rica, Honduras, Guatemala (CASCADE project)
EditCaption Description:In Central America, CI is working in Costa Rica, Honduras and Guatemala to identify and test EbA management practices in agricultural landscapes — such as the use of live barriers, shade trees in coffee plantations, crop cover and the conservation of riparian forest — to help smallholder farming communities adapt to climate change. Using this information, CI helps strengthen the capacity of key local institutions, such as farm extension services, to support EbA project implementation.
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EditCaption Description:Tonle Sap and the inland waters system in Cambodia support some 500,000 tons of fish each year, and the flooded forests purify water and buffer communities from storms — an increasingly important benefit as extreme weather becomes more frequent. CI is helping ensure a healthy freshwater ecosystem by restoring flooded forests, promoting economic diversification and researching the impacts of climate change on the Tonle Sap food web.
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EditImage Alt Text:Two girls plant dry rice and beans in a sustainable agriculture demonstration project in Mahatsara village, Andasibe, Madagascar. CI is working in the region to promote green, forest friendly agriculture, in areas suffering from deforestation and erosion. © Cristina Mittermeier
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EditCaption Description:In Madagascar, CI is promoting sustainable livelihoods and management practices including permanent vegetation cover and Intensive Rice System techniques, to reduce the vulnerability of smallholder farmers to severe weather extremes.
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EditCaption Title:Colombia
EditCaption Description:In Colombia, CI conducted a vulnerability assessment, with an EbA approach, of the ecosystems that provide water to the city of Bogota and surrounding areas, covering a population of approximately 10 million people. Based on these findings, CI is now implementing a GEF project in the region that will ensure water provision to the city through activities such as forest restoration, development of climate-smart landscapes in rural areas, strengthening and supporting local institutions, and disseminating information on agricultural EbA activities.
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EditImage Alt Text:School of fish © Chris Dascher
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EditCaption Description:In the Galápagos, CI is partnering to establish no-take zones in marine areas least affected by El Niño events and that support a high number of species in order to promote fisheries in the face of climate change. We are also helping build local understanding and capacity to increase employment in sustainable tourism and offshore fishing — two activities that promote resilience in the region.
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    EditItem Title:For more information about CI’s EbA activities, please contact:
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    EditItem Text:Camila Donatti, PhD.
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    EditImage Alt Text:Night falls over Rio de Janeiro. © Nikada
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