Ecosystem-Based Adaptation

UNDP supports countries to preserve and restore natural ecosystems that can provide cost-effective protection against climate change threats. Ecosystem-based approaches to climate change support resilient livelihoods, protect food and water, and ensure healthier environments.

The goal of the Ecosystem-Based Adaptation Signature Programme, and the work of the UNDP-GEF Ecosystems and Biodiversity team is to maintain and enhance the goods and services provided by biodiversity and ecosystems in order to secure livelihoods, food, water and health; enhance resilience; conserve threatened species and their habitats; and increase carbon storage and sequestration. It also aims to preserve and restore natural ecosystems that can provide cost-effective protection against climate change threats.

UNDP-GEF's capacity is demonstrated through on-going work with over 146 countries to support the current implementation of 274 projects, bringing to bear an investment of USD 3.4 billion, that achieve multiple development benefits. Roughly USD 900 million constitutes grant financing from the various funds administered by the GEF. More than 25 highly skilled staff based in regional centres and headquarters, along with a vast network of UNDP staff in country offices around the world, support efforts to develop the capacity of countries to better manage ecosystems and biodiversity.

More information on relevant UNDP supported programmes can be obtained through the following links:

·           Ecosystem-based Adaptation and Mitigation  

·           UNDP Ecosystems & Biodiversity Page

·           UNDP Ecosystem-based Climate Change Mitigation and Adaptation Page

Biodiversity and Ecosystem Management Mainstreaming

Under the biodiversity and ecosystem management mainstreaming, efforts are being made to integrate biodiversity and ecosystem management into development planning and production sector activities to safeguard biodiversity and maintain ecosystem services that sustain human wellbeing.

Protected Areas

Efforts on Protected Areas are serving to unlock the potential of protected areas, including indigenous and community conserved areas, to conserve biodiversity while contributing towards sustainable development.

Ecosystem-based Adaptation and Mitigation

Ecosystem-based Adaptation and Mitigation is managing and rehabilitating ecosystems for adaptation to and mitigation of climate change.