Moving from pilots to mainstreaming: Blue Solutions at the 3rd EbA Knowledge Day

Moving from pilots to mainstreaming: Blue Solutions at the 3rd EbA Knowledge Day

Written by Tabitha Stimpfle, Blue Solutions Initiative

On May 7th, 2018, the 3rd EbA Knowledge Day, organized by GIZ and IUCN under the Friends of EbA (FEBA) network in the framework of UNFCCC SBSTA 48, took place in the GIZ headquarter in Bonn. Approximately 60 persons participated, including UN negotiators, policy makers, practitioners, researchers, and donors working on issues relevant to climate change adaptation, ecosystem management and human resilience.

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Certainly, all participants of the event were already aware of the fact, that “Ecosystem-based Adaptation is the use of biodiversity and ecosystem services as part of an overall adaptation strategy to help people to adapt to the adverse effects of climate change” (CBD, 2009).

But how can this viable option to deal with the challenges of climate change be scaled up in the context of a holistic adaptation strategy? How can we move from pilots to mainstreaming?

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The one-day EbA Knowledge Day focused on opportunities and challenges of scaling up EbA at policy and implementation level. Of particular interest was the context of NDC implementation, public finance and key sector strategies related to agriculture/food security, water, forestry and fisheries.


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Furthermore, the event aimed to showcase the effectiveness and evidence of EbA benefits and to identify gaps and opportunities to mainstream EbA effectively. Different formats like panel discussions based on guiding questions or expert dialogue sessions were used over the day. During the market place luncheon, the Blue Solutions Initiative and other institutions introduced topics that illustrated opportunities and challenges of EbA upscaling. The participants were able to share experiences, methods, tools and implementation examples for strengthening the concept of EbA in climate change and sector policies. Besides presenting relevant blue success stories from the PANORAMA platform and the Climate Change Adaptation training course (Blue CCA), Blue Solutions also reported from the succesful Blue Solutions Fair in Thailand this year.


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All in all, it has been an interesting day with a lot of possibilities for exchange. We hope that the positive energy of the day can be used for further mainstreaming of EbA; or as often mentioned in the context of development cooperation and with the words of Sakhile Koketso (UN Convention on Biological Diversity): “Our job is to make sure that at the end of everything, we do not have a job anymore”.