The project provides support to participating governments and communities in promoting EbA as a climate change adaptation strategy, building capacity for robust EbA planning processes, implementing EbA demonstration activities, communications and policy integration.
The project takes a holistic systems approach that acknowledges the role of both climate change and non-climate change threats in reducing ecosystem and social resilience.
Climate change poses a serious challenge to sustainable development in Pacific island countries and territories. Rising sea levels, changing weather patterns, ocean warming and ocean acidification impact all sectors of the economy. In addition, island resilience is affected by a number of non-climate related factors such as pollution, inappropriate coastal development and over-fishing that impact negatively on island ecosystems resulting in ecosystem degradation, loss of ecosystem services and biodiversity. It is therefore imperative that Pacific island countries and territories invest in appropriate and cost-effective options to simultaneously address climate and non-climate factors as a strategy to manage the impacts of climate change. Ecosystem-based Adaptation (EbA) is a holistic approach to adaptation planning that seeks to harness the potential of healthy ecosystems and biodiversity to strengthen social and ecological resilience.