Conservation Standards applied to Ecosystem-based Adaptation

A Conservation Measures Partnership (CMP) working group on climate adaptation, that includes representatives from Foundations of Success (FOS) and World Wildlife Fund, recently had the opportunity to work with colleagues at the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH in Central Asia to develop a manual that applies the CMP Open Standards for the Practice of Conservation to EbA. The guide includes an example project based in the high mountains of Central Asia, but the target audience is the global community of EbA practitioners and the communities with which they work.

To meet the specific needs of EbA, this guide proposes revisions to Step 1 (Assess) and Step 2 (Plan) of the Conservation Standards that include identifying those ecosystems on which human communities depend, assessing climate vulnerability, setting climate-smart goals, and considering various types of adaptation interventions. Steps 3-5 of the Conservation Standards (Implement, Analyze & Adapt, and Share) remain the same and are only described briefly in this manual.

Citation: GIZ & CMP (2020) Conservation Standards applied to Ecosystem-based Adaptation. GIZ, Germany.

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