Ecosystem-based Adaptation (EbA) is a nature-based approach that uses biodiversity and ecosystem services to help people adapt to the adverse effects of climate change.
The EbA Tools Navigator is a searchable database of over 200 tools and methods relevant to EbA. In addition to containing tools and methods specifically designed for EbA, the Navigator content draws on a variety of relevant disciplines, including wider climate change adaptation, biodiversity conservation and sustainable development.
The Navigator aims to help EbA practitioners, planners, decision-makers and researchers easily find and understand the tools and methods available to support their work.
The Navigator is hosted by Friends of EbA (FEBA).
The EbA Tools Navigator includes a searchable database of EbA tools and methods, accompanied by some examples of tool application, which portray user experiences of various tools from around the world.
You can search for tools in the database by using the Search page. This allows you to choose one or more criteria to help identify particular types of tools and methods. For example, you can search by ecosystem type, a stage of EbA or a scale of implementation, or combinations of these filters. The tools and methods from the database that meet your selection criteria will then be displayed below.
If you know of a tool or methodology that is not currently in the Navigator, you can register and contribute this information to the database. You can also contribute information on using particular tools or methodologies. Each submission will be reviewed and appropriate submissions will be added to the Navigator database. You will also be able to see your past submissions
The Navigator was developed and is maintained as part of two International Climate Initiative (IKI) funded global projects (Ecosystem-based approaches to adaptation (EbA): Strengthening the evidence and informing policy, coordinated by IIED, IUCN and UNEP-WCMC, and Mainstreaming Ecosystem-based adaptation (EbA): Strengthening EbA in planning and decision making processes, coordinated by GIZ).
Both projects aim to show climate change policy-makers when and why EbA is effective – the conditions under which it works, and the benefits, costs and limitations of natural systems approaches – and to promote the better integration of EbA principles into policy and planning.
As the projects discovered, many tools, methodologies and approaches have been developed specifically to assist people in planning and implementing EbA, or have been adapted for use in EbA from other fields.
However, the limited accessibility of tools, methodologies and technical knowledge on EbA is one of the main barriers to its wider uptake. The EbA Tools Navigator aims to reduce this barrier by assisting users in finding the tools and methods they need to support their work and expand EbA.