What is Ecosystem-based Adaptation?

Ecosystem-based Adaptation (EbA) is the use of biodiversity and ecosystems to support communities to adapt to life in a less predictable climate system.  Investments in the management, restoration and rehabilitation of ecosystems and their services are investments in the communties who depend on them.

Ecosystem-based Adaptation efforts can lessen flooding, improve water and soil quality, and contribute to livelihood opportunities.  They deliver benefits for society and the environment at the same time, and are an important way of safeguarding development in the face of climate change.

Developed under the leadership of the Department of Environmental Affairs (DEA) and the South African National Biodiversity Institute (SANBI) and in consultation with biodiversity and climate change stakeholders, the Strategic Framework and Overarching Implementation Plan for EbA aims to take forward EbA as a central component of South Africa's programme of work on biodiversity and climate change.  The EbA Strategy sets out a vision for EbA, and identifies four priorities or outcomes required to achieve that vision.

Please click here to access a copy of the Final Strategic Framework and Overarching Implementation Plan for EbA in South Africa.

Last updated on 15 June 2017
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