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Browse resources related to ecosystems, water resources and adaptation in the Adaptation Knowledge Portal, and learn more about engagement opportunities in these thematic areas under under the Nairobi work programme below. 
Ecosystems and water resources is a key thematic area of the Nairobi work programme,​ as madated by decision 17/CP.19; SBSTA 44; and SBSTA 48.​

Ecosystems affect the climate, but climate change also affects ecosystems, their functions and the many benefits and services they provide to people along with the ability of ecosystems to regulate water flows and cycle nutrients. Healthy ecosystems can play a major part in increasing resilience, helping people to adapt to climate change, and in reducing climate-related risk and vulnerability through the delivery of the range of services that play a significant role in maintaining human well-being. 

Ecosystem-based adaptation (EbA) uses biodiversity and ecosystem services in an overall adaptation strategy. It includes the sustainable management, conservation and restoration of ecosystems to provide services that help people adapt to the adverse effects of climate change. EbA can be cost-effective, generate social, economic and cultural co-benefits, and contribute to the conservation of biodiversity.​ 


How can your organization/entity further support resilience through knowledge? 

  1. Make an action pledge to support adaptation planning and implementation related to ecosystems and water resources
  2. Share your resources on ecosystems and water resources and adaptation here on the Adaptation knowledge portal including case studiestools and methods, and other resources
  3. Send us news about upcoming publications and events at
  4. Become a NWP partner organization​​


Governments agreed to undertake concrete activities addressing ecosystems and water resources under the NWP in order to inform adaptation planning and actions at the regional, national and subnational level. In response, a range of activities have been undertaken under the NWP, including in collaboration with the Least Developed Countries Expert Group (LEG), to advance action through knowledge in these thematic areas with some in progress.​

The table below highlights relevant outputs on ecosystems and water resources; and work in progress corresponding to different steps of the NWP knowledge-to-action methodology.

Steps  Outputs
  • Scoping
  • Engage with expert groups
  • FEBA, an informal network of over 30 organizations with an interest in promoting collaboration and knowledge-sharing on Ecosystem-based Adaptation, collaborating in reaching out to relevant organizations for submissions; drafting synthesis report as well as organizing a joint side event with the LEG to discuss how vulnerable communities and ecosystems could be better integrated into national adaptation planning and implementation

  • Refine knowledge
  • Co-design actions​

  • Report and disseminate finding
  • Facilitate partnerships to mobilize support​
  • Focus for 2019
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