human wellbeing”. This partitioning between purely bio-centric approaches and socio-ecological approaches shows the more integrative nature of EbA. Success stories of EbA in practice were shared, and frequently the framework of the Nairobi Work Program (formulated in COP11) was referred to, which is basically a program that facilitates and stimulates the exchange and transparency of expertise – especially for developing countries. As we all know, ecosystems as well as human communities are unique, and require case-specific approaches. Therefore, sharing success stories is of vital importance in expanding the world-wide application of EbA. The success-factor of the applied examples could largely be explained by the synergies EbA allows between adaptation, mitigation and DRR (disaster risk reduction). So, was EbA truly as flawless as it seemed, hearing the different success stories from all over the world? As the session ended, we approached one of the speakers who works for IUCN, Ali Raza Rizvi. He told us the exchange of knowledge should not only be confined to success stories; instead, sharing stories of failure is of equal importance (although, of course, these are a lot less fun to share). Let’s see if we will hear some of these in the upcoming few days of the conference! ]]>
Ecosystem-based adaptation: socio-ecological advancement.
About the Author: Simone Massaro
Head of Web Subcommission 2018-2020
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