Ecosystem-based Adaptation through South-South Cooperation

"Enhancing capacity, knowledge, and technology support to build climate resilience of vulnerable developing countries"


The negative effects of climate change are being experienced by local communities within a wide range of economic sectors in developing countries across Africa and Asia-Pacific. Multiple factors make developing African and Asia-Pacific countries particularly vulnerable to observed and expected climate change impacts. There is an urgent need for immediate and adequate actions to adapt to climate change before its impacts become unmanageable.This project, "Enhancing capacity, knowledge and technology support to build climate resilience of vulnerable developing countries" is a full-sized GEF project funded through the Special Climate Change Fund (GEF-SCCF) that aims to build resilience using an ecosystem management approach in vulnerable developing countries by increasing institutional capacity, mobilizing knowledge and transferring appropriate best-practice adaptation technologies. It is piloted in three countries, Mauritania (desert ecosystems), Nepal (mountain ecosystems) and Seychelles (coastal ecosystems). The project will build on existing initiatives that are assisting African and Asia-Pacific countries to adapt to the effects of climate change. These include projects and programmes funded. The project has three main components:


1. Inter-regional coordination and capacity building for African an Asia-Pacific developing countries to plan and implement EBA.

Strengthened capacity building at local, national and regional levels in the pilot countries to plan and implement climate change adaptation technologies.


2. Inter-regional online EBA knowledge support.

Increased availability of information and improved public awareness on best-practices for implementing and financing best-practice adaptation technologies and support inter-regional knowledge support.


3. Transfer of EBA technologies to pilot African and Asia-Pacific countries supported by national level capacity building and knowledge support. 

Supported technology transfer and know-how on best-practice adaptation measures through the integration and demonstration of concrete on-the-ground activities to build the climate resilience of vulnerable communities in the pilot countries.


The project is being implemented by UNEP and executed by the National Development and Reform Commission of China (NDRC) through the Institute of Geographic Sciences and Natural Resources Research, Chinese Academy of Sciences (IGSNRR, CAS). UNEP-IEMP functions as the Project Management Unit providing technical support and day-to-day management of the project. Through implementation of this project, the cooperation between China and other developing countries will be enhanced, resulting in the development of a new dimension of international cooperation on climate change.


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For more information on the project, contact:

Guoqin Wang

Project Manager