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The workshop aims to analyse ecosystem-based adaptation (EbA) in water resource management, by sharing experiences from basins around the world. It will review ecosystem-based approaches and measures to adapt to climate change taken in transboundary basins and at national level, identify good practices and lessons learned and formulate some conclusions for further activities. 

More specifically, the workshop has the following objectives and will cover the following issues:

  • analyse the value, limits and conditions for ecosystem-based adaptation;
    - odefinition of EbA and its place in the concept nature-based solutions;
    - different types of  EbA measures: reforestation, wetland and river restoration,environmental flow, groundwater recharge;
    - governance and current policy and legal basis at global, regional and national levels; 


  • discuss how EbA can particularly help in transboundary basins, as a low or no regret measure;
    - when and where it can be used,  limits and conditions for its application;
    - its value as part of  a broader mix of  measures for adaptation and DRR;
    - value of  EbA for local communities which depend on ecosystem services;
    - integration of EbA into transboundary and national strategies and plans on adaptation andDRR and vice versa;oEbA in the context of the water- food-energy-ecosystems nexus;


  • provide the participants with initial tools for EbA through interactive exercises, case studies andpotentially a field visit:
    - examples from transboundary basins and individual countries;
    - methods and techniques for EbA;


  • share experience on financing opportunities for ecosystem-based adaptation in transboundarybasins;
  • identify priorities for possible future work on the topic of   ecosystem-based adaptation under theWater Convention




Introduction by Sonja Koeppel

Ecosystem-based Adaptation inTransboundary Basins - Olga Algayerova

La Declaracion de la Década de las Naciones Unidas para la Restauración de los Ecosistemas 2021-2030 - Antonio Canas Calderon


Session 1: Introduction of ecosystem-based adaptation, its measures and value for adapting to climate change and reducing disaster risk

Ecosystem-based adaptation in the concept of nature-based solutions and its application for climate change adaptation and disaster risk reduction - Veronica Ruiz

Ecosystem-based adaptation in the EU adaptation policy - Elena Visnar Malinovska

Free Flowing Rivers: an ecosystem-based adaptation measure toward resilient deltas - Marc Goichot

Ecosystem-based Adaptation for River Resilience. A perspective on Southeast Queensland, Australia - Carla Littlejohn

Guadalquivir: a basin in the frontier of changes - Víctor Juan Cifuentes Sanchez


Session 2: Governance and sustainability of ecosystem-based adaptation in transboundary basins

Enhancing the role of nature for adaptation: governance dimensions - Lorena Martínez Hernández

The interest of Natural Water Retention Measures (NWRM) for ecosystem-based adaptation - Edouard BOINET

The concept of free-flowing rivers and its application within the Living Danube Partnership - Eva Hernandez

Strengthening transboundary cooperation in the Sixaola basin through ecosystem-base dadaptation activities implemented on the ground - Juan Carlos Barrantes

Adaptation écosystémique dans lse bassins transfrontières : expérience du Bassin du Niger - Ibrahima Sory Camara

Projet d’Appui à la Restauration des Ecosystèmes de la tête de bassin de la Mékrou (affluent du fleuve Niger) - Benoit Koukponou


Session 3: Case-studies, tools and methods in ecosystem-based adaptation


Session 4: Financing opportunities for ecosystem-based adaptation in transboundary basins

Integrating green and gray infrastructure–and its financing - Greg Browder

Introduction to bankable projects for ecosystem-based adaptation - Dean Muruven

Valuing and financing forests for water - Alessandro Leonardi

Nature insurance value: assessment and demonstration (NAIAD) - Elena Lopez-Gunn

Resilient green finance with climate bonds - Alex Mauroner



WISE-UP to Climate – Natural Infrastructure Solutions for Climate Change Adaptation