Climate-SDG Integration Project

Supporting synergistic implementation of the Paris Agreement and SDGs through ecosystem approaches

The consequences of the climate crisis, along with biodiversity loss, and the accelerated degradation of ecosystems, are affecting societies in ways that are much more severe, and multifaceted, than previously predicted. While an integral part of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), global collaboration on climate issues has historically developed in parallel to the 2030 Agenda, culminating with its own global framework, the 2015 Paris Agreement on climate change. In spite of governments’ concerted efforts, however, it is increasingly clear that the global community is unlikely to achieve most targets under both agendas, especially in light of the unprecedented impact of the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic. Furthermore, it is not clear how Nationally Determined Contributions strategies under the Paris Agreement interact with different SDGs, and what adaptation measures best enable achievement of both.  
The Climate-SDG Integration project aims to develop a better understanding of this interaction, and of the role Ecosystem-based Adaptation (EbA) could play in strengthening synergies across the two frameworks. Human-centred, and nature-based EbA measures, such as restoration and preservation of micro-watersheds, sustainable forest management or mangrove restoration are examples of win-win strategies that can help countries effectively scale up climate change adaptation measures, while meeting the goals of environmental conservation, and socio-economic development.  
This project entails a series of inclusive and participatory multi-stakeholder dialogues at both the local and national/ state levels in Guatemala and India, through which TMG Research and its partners seek to identify promising EbA initiatives. An important aspect of these processes is to identify the enabling environment within each country that contributed to such success. The project brings together key decision-makers and experts from government, private sector, civil society, international cooperation, and research institutions, to discuss lessons learnt from these local experiences that can be further scaled up, or applied to other contexts. These stakeholder dialogues are expected to contribute to building the required political, and societal support for EbA at the country level, and have culminated in the joint development of roadmaps for scaling EbA in Guatemala and India.

News & Blog Posts

Ecosystem-based adaptation can help India address its hunger problem
Media Coverage

Ecosystem-based adaptation can help India address its hunger problem

TMG's work with partners in India cited as a source of hope following its recent fall on the Global Hunger Index
"Land tenure rights are critical for soil protection"
Media Coverage

"Land tenure rights are critical for soil protection"

Forests News reports on a COP26 side event on scaling and financing ecosystem-based adaptation
Alliances for change: Developing a collaborative roadmap for Ecosystem-based Adaptation
Blog Post

Alliances for change: Developing a collaborative roadmap for Ecosystem-based Adaptation

IKI-funded Climate-SDG Integration Project develops a roadmap for scaling up ecosystem-based adaptation to climate change
Why context matters in ecosystem resilience: Five insights from India and Guatemala
Blog Post

Why context matters in ecosystem resilience: Five insights from India and Guatemala

TMG and partners publish the results of an analysis of community resilience initiatives at several study sites in India and Guatemala
Ecosystems for resilience: Enabling community-led adaptation - Five key insights from Guatemala and India
Publication

Ecosystems for resilience: Enabling community-led adaptation - Five key insights from Guatemala and India

TMG publish a policy paper highlighting some of the enabling conditions under which ecosystem-based adaptation can be effectively implemented
Escalamiento del enfoque de Adaptación basada en Ecosistemas en una política pública local
Blog Post

Escalamiento del enfoque de Adaptación basada en Ecosistemas en una política pública local

Implementación del enfoque AbE en el Plan de Desarrollo Municipal y Ordenamiento Territorial 2019-2032 del municipio de Chiantla, departamento de Huehuetenango, Guatemala

Publications

Ecosistemas para la resiliencia - Propiciando la adaptación dirigida por la comunidad: Cinco conceptos claves de Guatemala y la India

Report

Ecosistemas para la resiliencia - Propiciando la adaptación dirigida por la comunidad: Cinco conceptos claves de Guatemala y la India

Larissa Stiem-Bhatia, Marai El Fassi, Devaraj de Condappa, Jes Weigelt, Lucía Benavides, Wangu Mwangi, Edgar Selvin Pérez Pérez, Amelia Coj Sajvin, Rita De León, Marcella D’Souza, Arjuna Srinidhi, María Amalia Porta, Ana Victoria Rodríguez

Un informe que pone de relieve las condiciones favorables en las que la Adaptación basada en Ecosistemas puede aplicarse eficazmente a nivel comunitario

Ecosystems for resilience, Enabling community-led adaptation : Five key insights from Guatemala and India

Report

Ecosystems for resilience, Enabling community-led adaptation : Five key insights from Guatemala and India

Larissa Stiem-Bhatia, Marai El Fassi, Devaraj de Condappa, Jes Weigelt, Lucía Benavides, Wangu Mwangi, Edgar Selvin Pérez Pérez, Amelia Coj Sajvin, Rita De León, Marcella D’Souza, Arjuna Srinidhi, María Amalia Porta, Ana Victoria Rodríguez

A policy paper highlighting the enabling conditions under which ecosystem-based adaptation can be effectively implemented at community level

Videos

  • ECOBARI Launch Event

    Launch of the ECOBARI collaborative

  • Scaling and Financing Ecosystem-based Adaptation

    Scaling and Financing Ecosystem-based Adaptation

  • Roadmaps for scaling up Ecosystem-based Adaptation: Insights from Guatemala and India

    Roadmaps for scaling up Ecosystem-based Adaptation: Insights from Guatemala and India

  • Ecosystem-based Adaptation: Perspectives from Guatemala

    A short film showing different perspectives from Guatemala about what Ecosystem-based Adaptation (EbA) can mean

  • Lecciones aprendidas Adaptación basada en Ecosistemas (AbE) en Guatemala

    Live recording of event on ecosystem-based adaptation in Guatemala, 18 March 2021 (in Spanish)

  • Creando alianzas para la Adaptación basada en Ecosistemas (AbE) en Guatemala

    This video shows the importance of building partnerships around Ecosystem-based Adaptation (EbA) as a way to scale up nature-based solutions in general

  • Building alliances for Ecosystem-based Adaptation (EbA) in Guatemala

    A short film showing the importance of building alliances for Ecosystem-based Adaptation (EbA) in order to upscale nature based solutions more broadly

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