Originally planned to be the “Super Year for Biodiversity”, 2020 has instead brought new global attention to the role biodiversity plays in securing human health, well-being and resilience – including how climate change, habitat degradation and land use changes both contribute to disease outbreaks and undermine our ability to respond and recover. Ultimately, both climate resilience and public health depend on strengthening the social and ecological resilience of communities. Ecosystem-based adaptation (EbA) provides an integrated approach to do precisely that. With the planning of response and recovery initiatives around the world, EbA provides a key mechanism for green recovery by addressing underlying environmental and climactic drivers to support human health and livelihoods and build holistic resilience.
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