The GEF-funded Ecosystem-based Adaptation through South-South Cooperation (EbA South) project conducted an inter-regional training workshop on accessing climate change adaptation finance and mainstreaming ecosystem-based approach to adaptation (EbA), under the project’s component on inter-regional coordination and capacity building for developing countries to plan and implement EbA.
The workshop was jointly organized by EbA South and APAN, in conjunction with the Asia-Pacific Climate Change Adaptation Forum 2014 and took place in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, on 30 September-3 October 2014. The joint organisation of the workshop alongside of the Forum provided workshop participants with high quality learning and knowledge exchange opportunities with a number of policy-makers, practitioners and regional networks from the Asia-Pacific region.
The objective of the workshop was mainstreaming Ecosystem based Adaptation (EbA) into planning and financing processes in developing countries of Africa and Asia-Pacific, by sharing and exchanging knowledge on EbA and lessons learned from planning and implementation. The main target groups of the workshop were national policy-makers and technical staff from developing countries in charge of or engaging in financing and implementing EbA initiatives, especially those involved in the NAP process under the UNFCCC. The workshop has also generated documents that will help increase awareness of the importance of ecosystem-based approach to adaptation and accessing finance, especially a Discussion Paper on EbA finance – providing an overview of financial commitments and landscapes for EbA projects and including a conceptual template for proposal development; and a Policy Brief – highlighting the challenges and policy recommendations for accessing and implementing funds for EbA projects and EbA mainstreaming.
The workshop was attended by 30 participants from over 10 countries in Africa, Asia and the Pacific, and several experts and resource persons from international organizations and institutions such as the Asian Development Bank (ADB), the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), the Stockholm Environment Institute (SEI), and the Institute for Global Environment Strategies (IGES).