Integrating Ecosystem-based Adaptation in Education Curriculum Resource Guide

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

Author: Lili Ilieva, Ph.D. (for 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), Prof. Narendra Raj Khanal (Tribhuvan University, Nepal) and Dr. Daniel Etongo (University of Seychelles, Seychelles).

Published Time: 2019


The reference guide is designed to support teachers and environmental educators to incorporate the key aspects of EbA into formal or non-formal education curriculum. It promotes awareness of the key role that ecosystems play for communities to adapt to climate change. This guide is designed to enable educators at the different education levels (primary, secondary, university) from diverse subject areas to introduce EbA across curriculum. It covers general guidance on determining the focus of the curriculum; guiding notes on different aspects and steps for the design of a curriculum, reflecting the principles of EbA; and five education modules on selected topics to facilitate the integration of EbA in education subjects.

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 reference guide is a product of the EbA South project.

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