Ecosystem-based Adaptation through South-South Cooperation (EbA South)

The EbA South project is considered a “first mover” in catalyzing global and regional collaboration on EbA under GEF guidelines, in particular within the framework of South-South cooperation, especially sharing China's experience and research know-how in ecological restoration and climate change adaptation.
Project Brief
Project Name: Ecosystem-based Adaptation through South-South Cooperation (EbA South)
Geographic coverage:Africa and Asia-Pacific
Funding Source: The Special Climate Change Fund, Global Environment Facility
Project Period: 2013-2020
Project Status: Ongoing

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 the Asia-Pacific. Multiple factors make these countries particularly vulnerable to observed and expected climate change impacts. These include poverty, dependence on rain-fed agriculture, as well as limited capacity of regional and national institutions to plan and implement adequate adaptation technologies and practices. There is an urgent need for immediate actions to address climate change before its impacts become unmanageable.


The EbA South project aims to assist vulnerable communities in Africa and Asia-Pacific to build climate resilience, by improving their capacity to plan, implement, finance, research and legislate in support of Ecosystem-based Adaptation (EbA).

Actions & Expected Outcomes

To achieve the objectives of the project, the project team conducts inter-regional activities for capacity building and knowledge management, as well as on-the-ground EbA interventions in three pilot countries, i.e. Mauritania, Nepal and Seychelles—representing three different vulnerable ecosystems (dryland, mountain, and coastal ecosystems, respectively). 

The project comprises three main components:

Component 1: Inter-regional coordination and capacity building for developing countries to plan and implement EbA


  • Thematic training workshops to build capacity and exchange lessons on EbA
  • Enhanced cooperation among EbA stakeholders and networks

Component 2: Inter-regional online knowledge support on EbA


  • Interactive, dynamic web-based platform to disseminate information, facilitate learning and promote dialogue on EbA
  • Good practice database of EbA-related projects and initiatives; lessons learned from on-the-ground intervention

Component 3: Transfer of EbA technologies to three pilot countries in Africa and Asia-Pacific


  • Climate-resilient mangrove restoration and measures to improve hydrological flow in the Seychelles;
  • Community-based watershed restoration with focus on livelihood improvement in Nepal;
  • Desertification control using multi-use greenbelts in Mauritania. 

Ecosystem-based Adaptation through South-South Cooperation (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 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 Project Management Unit is hosted by UNEP-IEMP to provide overall project management services, technical support, and foster South-South linkages for the project.

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