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Nature-based climate adaptation options more accessible than ever

24 September 2019
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A new Navigator system makes it easier than ever to use nature to adapt to the climate crisis. Created by the International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED), the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), the UN Environment Programme World Conservation Monitoring Centre (UNEP-WCMC) and Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit GmbH (GIZ), the Navigator provides searchable, practical information about more than 240 tools, methodologies and guidance documents on ecosystem-based adaptation.

Ecosystem-based adaptation (EbA) refers to using the natural world in way that can help governments, civil society and communities to manage the impacts of the climate crisis. This includes planting mangroves to reduce the impacts from storm surges, or conserving forest to help regulate water flows. Although there are hundreds of tools and methodologies available to support the integration of EbA into adaptation strategies, information about these tools and how to use them has not always been accessible.

The partners designed the Navigator to help decision makers and practitioners find the most appropriate tools and methods to support their work. The featured tools cover an array of topics, including planning and assessments, implementation and valuation, monitoring and mainstreaming. The Navigator also provides detailed information about each tool and how to apply it, and users can add information about new tools and their own experiences. 

Neville Ash, Director of UNEP-WCMC, said: "This new Navigator shows just how many options there are by which nature can help to adapt to the climate crisis. Decision makers across the world are increasingly recognising the versatility and cost-effectiveness of ecosystem-based adaptation, and this Navigator guides people in using these options in their climate adaptation planning.

"Nature already holds so many of the answers we're looking for. We just need to learn to use the resources available to us, and this Navigator brings us one big step closer."

Download Navigator and tutorials on the IIED website.