Ecosystem-based Adaptation (EbA)

EbA is a nature-based and human-centric approach to adaptation. This approach aims to restore the health of the ecosystem by encouraging participatory governance, while contributing to resilient incomes, food security and better adaptive capacity of the local communities.

In practice, EbA is a holistic approach that combines several areas of intervention, both at the farm and landscape levels. WOTR’s comprehensive approach to Watershed development (WSD) is the foundation on which climate-adaptive and ecosystem-based measures are integrated under the EbA strategy. These measures include interlinked soil and water conservation techniques, sustainable agriculture, locale-specific crop and weather advisories, water-use management, and biodiversity conservation.

If practiced more widely, such a response can help India, as well as semi-arid drylands around the world, make progress towards the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG India Index), the Paris agreement on Climate Change, and the land degradation neutrality (LDN) targets, amongst others national and international targets.

Upscaling Ecosystem-based Adaptation in Maharashtra

WOTR in partnership with TMG Research gGmbH, a German-based think-tank organization, is implementing a project that proposes Ecosystem-based Adaptation (EbA) as an approach that can both contribute to reducing vulnerabilities at the local level and help governments comply with their global commitments under the Paris Agreement and Agenda 2030. The project´s objective is to contribute to an enabling policy environment that recognizes and implements EbA on a broader scale in Guatemala and India. The project aims to elaborate roadmaps, prioritize EbA measures and identify avenues for integrating EbA solutions into policy and practice.


EbA info-brief series

Other Resources

Derived from extensive research and case studies located in Ahmednagar, Maharashtra, the report shows that EbA can help build systemic resilience in ecosystems and communities.

This paper highlights the Windows of Opportunity or the entry points for scaling up Ecosystem-based Adaptation (EbA) in Maharashtra.

Insights from a water stewardship initiative in Maharashtra, India

This blog explores the scope of the participatory governance component of EbA