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.
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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
Invitation to review "Policies for Agroecology" report
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Invitation to review "Policies for Agroecology" report

Report draws on discussions at online event on 15 July 2021
Building wider support for ecosystem-based adaptation: how can communications help?
Blog Post

Building wider support for ecosystem-based adaptation: how can communications help?

Ecosystem-based adaptation increases resilience in the face of climate change, but its adoption is still limited. How better communications can increase uptake.
Ecosystem-based Adaptation: Perspectives from Guatemala
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Ecosystem-based Adaptation: Perspectives from Guatemala

A new short film shares various perspectives on Ecosystem-based Adaptation from Guatemala
From Watershed Development to Ecosystem-based Adaptation
Blog Post

From Watershed Development to Ecosystem-based Adaptation

A journey to systemic resilience
From Watershed Development to Ecosystem-based Adaptation: A journey to systemic resilience
Publication

From Watershed Development to Ecosystem-based Adaptation: A journey to systemic resilience

This report synthesises the findings of case study research in two villages in Maharashtra, India, examining the effectiveness of Ecosystem-based Adaptation measures and the conditions that enabled its implementation at community level.
Learning lessons from ecosystem-based adaptation projects in Guatemala
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Learning lessons from ecosystem-based adaptation projects in Guatemala

TMG and Guatemalan partners share experiences for strengthening governance conditions for EbA
2nd National Forum on Ecosystem-based Adaptation (EbA)
News

2nd National Forum on Ecosystem-based Adaptation (EbA)

The 2nd National Forum on Ecosystem-based Adaptation (EbA) was held virtually in November 2020
State-level Consultation on a Roadmap for nature-based and climate resilient livelihoods in Maharashtra
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State-level Consultation on a Roadmap for nature-based and climate resilient livelihoods in Maharashtra

Pune-based NGO, Watershed Organisation Trust (WOTR), in consultation with several experts, from the public, civil society and private sector, arrive at a joint statement on an ecosystem-based adaptation to climate change in Maharashtra
II Foro Nacional de Adaptación basada en Ecosistemas
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II Foro Nacional de Adaptación basada en Ecosistemas

“Un enfoque integral para la reactivación económica ante crisis ambientales y económicas en Guatemala”
Ecosystem-based Adaptation and Green Recovery
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Ecosystem-based Adaptation and Green Recovery

Building back better from COVID-19
Transforming food systems with an EbA approach for resilience
News

Transforming food systems with an EbA approach for resilience

The Covid-19 pandemic has shaken food systems around the globe. Lockdowns deprived millions of labourers and migrant workers of their livelihoods, and curtailed their ability to buy food.
Alliances for Ecosystem-based Climate Adaptation in Guatemala
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Alliances for Ecosystem-based Climate Adaptation in Guatemala

Ecosystem-based Adaptation (EbA) is globally recognised as an effective response to climate change
Alliances for Ecosystem-based Adaptation in Guatemala
Blog Post

Alliances for Ecosystem-based Adaptation in Guatemala

A global shout out to ecosystem-based adaptation
Tercer boletín Proyecto Integración Clima-ODS
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Tercer boletín Proyecto Integración Clima-ODS

Noticias del Proyecto Integración Clima-ODS
IKI projects in Central America and the Caribbean Newsletter  (Spanish version)
News

IKI projects in Central America and the Caribbean Newsletter (Spanish version)

News from the IKI projects in Central America and the Caribbean A service of the interface project ACCIÓN Clima II in Costa Rica
Ecosystems-based adaptation keeps water running in Bhojdari even in dry months
News

Ecosystems-based adaptation keeps water running in Bhojdari even in dry months

Ecosystems-based Adaptation (EbA) provides essential ecosystem services that serve as a buffer providing water and food security in instances of reverse migration.
Guatemala holds its first National Forum on Ecosystem-based Adaptation
Blog Post

Guatemala holds its first National Forum on Ecosystem-based Adaptation

At the National Forum on Ecosystem-based Adaptation in Guatemala, various stakeholders recognized in a written declaration the urgent need to scale-up nature-based solutions
Nurturing nature: Identifying Ecosystem-based Adaptation (EbA) initiatives to build social and political support for EbA upscaling in Guatemala
Blog Post

Nurturing nature: Identifying Ecosystem-based Adaptation (EbA) initiatives to build social and political support for EbA upscaling in Guatemala

A step-by-step approach to identifying successful ecosystem-based adaptation initiatives
Ecosistemas para la resiliencia - Propiciando la adaptación dirigida por la comunidad: Cinco conceptos claves de Guatemala y la India

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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

From Watershed Development to Ecosystem-based Adaptation: A journey to systemic resilience

Working Paper

From Watershed Development to Ecosystem-based Adaptation: A journey to systemic resilience

Devaraj de Condappa, Larissa Stiem-Bhatia, Arjuna Srinidhi, Marcella D’Souza, Dada Dadas and Crispino Lobo

This report synthesises the findings of case study research in two villages in Maharashtra, India, examining the effectiveness of Ecosystem-based Adaptation measures and the conditions that enabled its implementation at community level.

EbA Info Brief India #6: Why Ecosystem-based Adaptation for Water Management?

Info Brief

EbA Info Brief India #6: Why Ecosystem-based Adaptation for Water Management?

TMG Research

General challenges to water management in Maharashtra are described in this info brief, followed by EbA benefits for a systemic approach to water management and opportunities for upscaling EbA in water management.

EbA Info Brief India #4: An Ecosystem-based approach to Climate Resilient Agriculture

Info Brief

EbA Info Brief India #4: An Ecosystem-based approach to Climate Resilient Agriculture

TMG Research

This info brief describes the challenges to agriculture in the state, the benefits of using EbA and identifies opportunities for upscaling the approach in the agriculture sector.

EbA Info Brief India #5: Livestock and Ecosystem-based Adaptation

Info Brief

EbA Info Brief India #5: Livestock and Ecosystem-based Adaptation

TMG Research

This info brief describes the challenges to livestock management in the state of Maharashtra, the symbiotic role of livestock in ecosystems and identifies opportunities for upscaling EbA in the livestock sector.

EbA Info Brief India #2: Strengthening Biodiversity to Enhance Ecosystem-based Adaptation

Info Brief

EbA Info Brief India #2: Strengthening Biodiversity to Enhance Ecosystem-based Adaptation

TMG Research

This info brief describes the link between conserving biodiversity and ecosystem-based adaptation, explores the challenges for biodiversity management in Maharashtra, India, and identifies opportunities for upscaling EbA in biodiversity management.

EbA Info Brief India #3: Managing Land and Forests – the value of ecosystem-based adaptation

Info Brief

EbA Info Brief India #3: Managing Land and Forests – the value of ecosystem-based adaptation

TMG Research

This info brief describes the challenges for land and forest management in Maharashtra, India, the benefit of using ecosystem-based adaptation and identifies opportunities for upscaling EbA in the land and forest sectors.

Desarrollo de indicadores de Adaptación basada en Ecosistemas (AbE)

Technical Guide

Desarrollo de indicadores de Adaptación basada en Ecosistemas (AbE)

TMG Research, WWF, ADIMI

El presente informe tiene como finalidad documentar el análisis realizado a la matriz de medidas y criterios AbE, y a los indicadores proporcionados por el Comité de Indicadores del Grupo Técnico deAdaptación basado en Ecosistemas (GTAbE).

La Adaptación basada en Ecosistemas: una solución integral para reducir la vulnerabilidad ante el cambio climático en Guatemala

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La Adaptación basada en Ecosistemas: una solución integral para reducir la vulnerabilidad ante el cambio climático en Guatemala

Fundación Defensores de la Naturaleza

Reporte del Primer Foro Nacional de AbE en Guatemala, Noviembre 2019. La Adaptación basada en Ecosistemas: Una solución integral para reducir la vulnerabilidad ante el cambio climático en Guatemala.

Alianzas entre las personas y la naturaleza

Info Brief

Alianzas entre las personas y la naturaleza

Marai El Fassi, Larissa Stiem-Bhatia, Ana Victoria Rodríguez, María Amalia Porta, Amelia Coj

En este resumen informativo se argumenta en favor del enfoque de múltiples actores para escalar la Adaptación basada en Ecosistemas (AbE) al cambio climático.

Scaling Ecosystem-based Adaptation to Climate Change in Maharashtra, India - An Analysis of Policies and Programmes

Working Paper

Scaling Ecosystem-based Adaptation to Climate Change in Maharashtra, India - An Analysis of Policies and Programmes

Marcella D’Souza, Arjuna Srinidhi, Shreya Banerjee, Abha Indurkar, Eshwer Kale, Larissa Stiem-Bhatia, Naman Gupta

This paper identifies a number of opportunities for scaling-up ecosystem-based adaptation actions in Maharahstra, India.

Declaración sobre la importancia de la Adaptación basada en Ecosistemas (AbE)

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Declaración sobre la importancia de la Adaptación basada en Ecosistemas (AbE)

Multiple Actors

In Guatemala, representatives from the public and private sector, academic and civil society signed a Declaration recognizing the importance of upscaling Ecosystem-based Adaptation (EbA) to climate change nationally.

Guatemala, un país megadiverso, con potencial para enfrentar el cambio climático

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Guatemala, un país megadiverso, con potencial para enfrentar el cambio climático

TMG Research

La Adaptación basada en Ecosistemas (AbE) es el conjunto de estrategias, políticas y prácticas destinadas a la protección y restauración de los servicios de los ecosistemas para reducir la vulnerabilidad de la sociedad frente al cambio climático.

Nutriendo a la naturaleza: Identificando iniciativas de Adaptación basada en Ecosistemas (AbE) para construir apoyos políticos y sociales que faciliten la implementación de la AbE a mayor escala en Guatemala

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Nutriendo a la naturaleza: Identificando iniciativas de Adaptación basada en Ecosistemas (AbE) para construir apoyos políticos y sociales que faciliten la implementación de la AbE a mayor escala en Guatemala

Marai El Fassi, Chelsea Jones

A pesar de la implementación de una multitud de proyectos de adaptación al cambio climático, Guatemala continúa siendo altamente vulnerable a shocks climáticos.

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