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The adoption of ecosystem-based adaptation in the international climate agenda

Keywords: Adaptation, ecosystem services, ecosystem-based adaptation, climate policy

Author(s): Elena Ojea

Date: 2014-02-05

Issue: 2014-02

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• There is a growing recognition of the role that healthy ecosystems play in helping people to adapt to climate change through the delivery of ecosystem services.
• Ecosystem-based Adaptation promotes the sustainable use of biodiversity and ecosystem services to adapt to climate change.
• Ecosystem-based Adaptation is emerging on the international agenda but more evidence from the field is needed to understand the potential range of benefits.
• Examples of Ecosystem-based Adaptation show that these measures have been successfully implemented and can be cost-effective alternatives and/or complements to more traditional adaptation options.
• Challenges and future needs are discussed in order to incorporate Ecosystem-based Adaptation into national and regional adaptation policies.

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