The GEF-funded Ecosystem-based Adaptation through South-South Cooperation (EBA-SSC) [http://www.unep-iemp.org/
The workshop was jointly organized by EBA-SSC and APAN, in conjunction with the Asia-Pacific Climate Change Adaptation Forum 2014 and took place in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, on 30 September-3 October 2014. The joint organisation of the workshop alongside of the Forum provided workshop participants with high quality learning and knowledge exchange opportunities with a number of policy-makers, practitioners and regional networks from the Asia-Pacific region.
The objective of the workshop was mainstreaming Ecosystem based Adaptation (EBA) into planning and financing processes in developing countries of Africa and Asia-Pacific, by sharing and exchanging knowledge on EBA and lessons learned from planning and implementation. The main target groups of the workshop were national policy-makers and technical staff from developing countries in charge of or engaging in financing and implementing EBA initiatives, especially those involved in the NAP process under the UNFCCC. The workshop has also generated documents that will help increase awareness of the importance of ecosystem-based approach to adaptation and accessing finance, especially a Discussion Paper on EBA finance – providing an overview of financial commitments and landscapes for EBA projects and including a conceptual template for proposal development; and a Policy brief – highlighting the challenges and policy recommendations for accessing and implementing funds for EBA projects and EBA mainstreaming.
The workshop was attended by 30 participants from over 10 countries in Africa, Asia and the Pacific, and several experts and resource persons from international organizations and institutions such as the Asian Development Bank (ADB), the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), the Stockholm Environment Institute (SEI), and the Institute for Global Environment Strategies (IGES).
- Ecosystem-based Adaptationthrough South-South Cooperation (EBA-SSC) Presenter: Silvia Cazzetta, UNEP International Ecosystem Management Partnership (UNEP-IEMP)
Session 1: Mainstreaming EBA into policies, strategies and programmes
Co-moderators: Mozaharul Alam, UNEP Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific (UNEP ROAP) and Charles Rodgers, SEI)
- What is EBA and why is it an important component of national, sectoral and local adaptation plans and strategies? Why do countries require EBA in support of long-term adaptation and resilience-building goals? Presenter: Charles Rodgers, SEI
- EBA under UNFCCC discourse: opportunities for EBA mainstreaming under UNFCCC’s NAP process Presenter: Mozaharul Alam, UNEP ROAP
- EBA Decision Support Framework Presenter: Mozaharul Alam, UNEP ROAP
- Frameworks for EBA in the Greater Mekong Sub-Region - Implementation and monitoring Presenter: Raji Dhital
- Sudan (Dalal Elhaj Ebrahim)
- Kenya (Erustus Mutembei Kanga)
- Philippines (Charlie Fedencio Otero Balanon)
Session 2: Economic Analysis of EBA Projects and Activities
Moderator: Charles Rodgers, SEI
- Brief review of BCA with emphasis on (i) timing of costs and benefits; (ii) valuation of non-market benefits; (iii) treatment of uncertainty; (iv) the discount rate; and (v) differences in BCA for EBA and hard engineering projects for adaptation. Presenter: Charles Rodgers, SEI
Case studies presentations
- Microfinance for Ecosystem-based Adaptation: options, costs and benefits Presenter: Jacinto Buenfil, UNEP
Session 3: Accessing and implementing targeted climate change adaptation funds for EBA Projects and Activities
Moderator: Charles Rodgers, SEI
- Landscape of climate finance: overview of the sources of climate change finance, how much do they provide, in what form, and where is it going? What are the financial gaps for EBA mainstreaming? Presenter: Charles Rodgers, SEI
- Additional Cost Logic for EbA Approach to Climate Change Adaptation Presenter: Peter King, USAID Adapt Asia-Pacific
- Step by step guidance summarising how to write an EBA concept note Presenter: Charles Rodgers, SEI