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Ecosystem-based Adaptation and the successful implementation and achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals

Friends of EbA

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Bjerre, Amber; Tyrrell, Tristan; Hertz, Ashanapuri; Min, Annika; Goodwin, Emily

At the nexus of sustainable development, human rights, climate action, and nature conservation, Ecosystem-based Adaptation (EbA) recognises the symbiotic connections between people and ecosystems. By creating more resilient populations, such approaches can have far-reaching benefits in improving the capacity of humans to withstand not only climate hazards, but also economic shocks and stressors. These nature-based climate solutions have an interconnected role across sustainable development goals – from health, water and nutrition to clean energy, sustainable infrastructure, and equality – with incredible potential to drive progress across the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) while building more equitable and resilient societies.


This joint technical report, developed by the Friends of Ecosystem-based Adaptation (FEBA), dives into of the connections between EbA and each of the 17 SDGs, with each of the 17 sections addressing threats posed by climate change, ecosystem degradation, and/or biodiversity loss, including how these impede the achievement of a given SDG. Each section subsequently provides an overview of how an effectively implemented EbA approach can underpin successful achievement of a given SDG. The full bibliography provides context and information for expanding this knowledge base.

The EbA and SDGs Working Group of the Friends of EbA (FEBA), coordinated by SwedBio and the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), recently published a technical report 'Ecosystem-based Adaptation and the successful implementation and achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals'. This first iteration was launched on the sidelines of the UN High-Level Political Forum (HLPF) on Sustainable Development, an event that focuses on the successful implementation of the SDGs, and will be re-launched with an executive summary, case study annex, and further refining in Q3 or Q4 of 2022. If your organisation would like to endorse this publication in its later iteration, please reach out.
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