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Global workshop on Ecosystem-based Adaptation in Transboundary Basins

29 - 30 April 2019

Salle VII, Palais des Nations, Geneva, Switzerland

The global workshop on ecosystem-based adaptation took place on 29-30 April 2019 in Geneva.
The workshop had the following objectives:

  • analyse the value, limits and conditions for ecosystem-based adaptation (EbA);
  • discuss how EbA can particularly help in transboundary basins, as a low or no regret measure;
  • share good practices, experiences and lessons learned with EbA from basins around the world;
  • provide the participants with initial tools for EbA through interactive exercises and case studies.

The global workshop was followed by the tenth meeting of the Task Force on Water and Climate, which was held on 1 May 2019 in Geneva.

Outcomes and conclusionsPDFPDFPDFPDF
Information noticePDFPDFPDFPDF
Provisional programmePDFPDFPDFPDF
Overview of the marketplace PDFPDFPDFPDF
List of participants
Background materials
UNECE, FAO (2018). Forests and Water: Valuation and payments for forest ecosystem services
link to publication

UNECE (2018) Words into Action Guidelines Implementation Guide for Addressing Water-Related Disasters and Transboundary Cooperationlink to publication
CBD (2018) Voluntary guidelines for the design and effective implementation of ecosystem-based approaches to climate change adaptation and disaster risk reductionlink to publication
CBD (2016) Synthesis Report on Experiences with Ecosystem-Based Approaches to Climate Change Adaptation and Disaster Risk Reduction. CBD Technical Series No. 85link to publication
GIZ (2017) Valuing the Benefits, Costs and Impacts of Ecosystem-based Adaptation Measures: A sourcebook of methods for decision-makinglink to publication
EEA (2017) Green Infrastructure and Flood Management: Promoting cost-efficient flood risk reduction via green infrastructure solutions. EEA Report No 14/2017link to publication
EEA (2018) Flood risks and environmental vulnerability — Exploring the synergies between floodplain restoration, water policies and thematic policies. EEA Report No 1/2016link to publication
European Commission DG ENV (2014) A guide to support the selection, design and implementation of natural water retention measures in Europe. Capturing the multiple benefits of nature-based solutionslink to publication
International Rivers (2018) Free-Flowing Rivers: Sustaining Livelihoods, Cultures and Ecosystemslink to publication
GWP, INBO (2015) The Handbook for Management and Restoration of Aquatic Ecosystems in River and Lake Basinslink to publication

GWP Central and Eastern Europe (2015) Natural small water retention measures combining drought mitigation, flood protection and biodiversity conservation. Guidelines.link to publication
World Bank (2019) Integrating Green and Gray: Creating Next Generation Infrastructurelink to publication
World Bank (2019) Nature-Based Solutions for Disaster Risk Management: bookletlink to publication
World Bank (2017) Implementing nature-based flood protection: Principles and Implementation Guidancelink to publication
IUCN, GWP (2015) Strategy and Guidelines for Integrating Climate Change Adaptation Approaches in Transboundary Ecosystem Management in East Africalink to publication
IUCN (2017) Ecosystem-based Adaptation. Issues Brieflink to publication
IUCN (2016) Helping nature help us: Transforming disaster risk reduction through ecosystem managementlink to publication
IUCN (2019) Gobernanza de aguas transfronterizaslink to publication
UN-Water (2018) United Nations World Water Development Report: Nature-based Solutions for Waterlink to publication
UNEP-WCMC (2015) Guidance on Integrating Ecosystem Considerations into Climate Change Vulnerability and Impact Assessments to Inform Ecosystem-based Adaptationlink to publication
WWF (2017) Natural and Nature-Based Flood Management: A Green Guidelink to publication
WWF (2013) Operational Framework for Ecosystem-based Adaptation Implementing and Mainstreaming Ecosystem-based Adaptation Responses in the Greater Mekong Sub-Regionlink to publication
Climate Risk Informed Decision Analysis (CRIDA)PDF---
OSCE (2019) The Ecosystem Approach to Flood Risk Management and Examples of Its Application in Belarus, Moldova and Ukraine
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Collections and Tools

Nature-based solutions for disaster risk reduction – PreventionWeblink
Natural flood management for disaster risk reduction – PreventionWeblink
EbA Tools Navigatorlink
CRIDA - Climate Risk Informed Decision Analysislink
WISE-UP to Climate – Water Infrastructure Solutions from Eco-system Services Underpinning Climate Resilient Policies and Programmeslink
ALivE - Adaptation, Livelihoods and Ecosystems Planning Toollink
Natural Water Retention Measureslink
Building with Nature Guidelineslink
Engineering with Naturelink


Day 1, 29 April 2019
Ecosystem-based adaptation in the concept of nature-based solutions and its application for climate change adaptation and disaster risk reduction
Ms. Verónica Ruiz, IUCN Global Ecosystem Management Programme
Ecosystem-based adaptation in the EU adaptation policy
Ms. Elena Višnar Malinovská
European Commission, DG CLIMA
Free Flowing Rivers: an ecosystem-based adaptation measure toward resilient deltas
Mr. Marc Goichot
WWF Greater Mekong Programme
Ecosystem-based adaptation for river resilience – a perspective on Southeast Queensland, Australia
Ms. Carla Littlejohn
International River Foundation
Guadalquivir: a basin in the frontier of changes
Mr. Victor Juan Cifuentes Sánchez
Guadalquivir Hydrographic Confederation
Ministry for the Ecological Transition, Spain
Day 2, 30 April 2019
Enhancing the role of nature for adaptation: governance dimensions
Ms. Lorena Martinez Hernandez
IUCN Environmental Law Centre
Natural water retention measures
Mr. Edouard Boinet
International Network of Basin Organizations
The concept of free-flowing rivers and its application within the Living Danube Partnership
Ms. Eva Hernandez
Living European Rivers Initiative, WWF
Strengthening transboundary cooperation in the Sixaola basin through ecosystem-based adaptation activities implemented on the ground
Mr. Juan Carlos Barrantes
Binational Commission of the Sixaola basin
Ecosystem-based adaptation at the Niger basin level
Mr. Ibrahima Sory Camara
Ministry of Water, Guinéa
Support project for the restoration of ecosystems at the head of the Mékrou basin, a tributary of the Niger
Mr. Benoit Koukponou
Ministry of Water and Mines, Republic of Benin
Integrating green and gray infrastructure – and its financing
Mr. Greg Browder
World Bank
Preparing bankable projects for ecosystem-based adaptation
Mr. Dean Muruven
WWF International
Valuing and financing forests for water
Mr. Alessandro Leonardi
ETIFOR|Valuing Nature
Nature insurance value: assessment and demonstration (NAIAD)
Ms. Elena Lopez-Gunn
Resilient green finance with climate bonds
Mr. Alex Mauroner
Alliance for Global Water Adaptation (AGWA)