Research on Ecosystem-based Adaptation (EbA): A reference guide

UN Environment Programme-International Ecosystem Management Partnership (UNEP-IEMP)

Author: Lili Ilieva, Ph.D. (EbA South)

Contributors: Mr. Pierre Bégat (EbA South’s Technical Advisor from C4 EcoSolutions), Ms. Tatirose Vijitpan and Ms. Diwen Tan (Project Management Unit from UNEP-IEMP) and Ms. Atifa Kassam Manji (Project Task Manager from UN Environment).

Published Time: 2019


The research guide is intended to assist researchers in developing a plan or proposal for a research study on EbA. The objective is to strengthen the understanding of core concepts, provide an analysis of current and prevailing knowledge gaps and research needs for EbA, with an insight into where potential research should be focused for future knowledge generation. It highlights considerations with regards to selecting an appropriate research approach, reviewing the literature to position the proposed study within the existing research. Also, the guide provides an inventory of EbA-relevant tools and lists relevant journals, conferences and funding opportunities.

EbA South is a full-sized GEF project, funded through the Special Climate Change Fund. Officially known under the title “Enhancing Capacity, Knowledge and Technology Support to Build Climate Resilience of Vulnerable Developing Countries”, the project is implemented by United Nations Environment Programme (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). The UNEP-International Ecosystem Management Partnership (UNEP-IEMP) is a UNEP collaborating centre based in China. It is the first centre in the South for the South and provides overall project management services, technical support and fosters South-South linkages for the project. This research guide is a product of the EbA South project.

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