What is the Global EbA Fund?

Implemented by IUCN and UNEP, with funding from the International Climate Initiative (IKI) of the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Nuclear Safety and Consumer Protection (BMUV), the Global EbA Fund is a funding mechanism for catalytic, innovative, and inclusive projects that aim to create an enabling environment for the implementation of Ecosystem-based Adaptation (EbA) to enhance the resilience of vulnerable communities and ecosystems to the impacts of climate change.

With the focus on EbA, a nature-based solution that harnesses biodiversity and ecosystem services to reduce vulnerability and build resilience of human communities to climate change, the Fund is strategically positioned to connect and contribute to the delivery of global agendas on the Climate Change – Biodiversity nexus. 

The Fund contributes to the achievement of The Sharm-El-Sheikh Adaptation Agenda launched at COP27 and employs a transformative approach to climate change adaptation in line with the guidance of the IPCC Sixth Assessment Report on Impact, Adaptation and Vulnerability, and specifically addresses Target 8 of the Kunming-Montreal Global Biodiversity Framework.

Our Strategic Objectives & Action Pillars

The Global EbA Fund prioritises filling in resources and knowledge gaps with the broad thematic focus on innovation and urgency, thus encouraging creative solutions and partnerships among funding applicants and the wider EbA and climate change adaptation community. 

By supporting catalytic climate change adaptation initiatives, the Fund helps overcome barriers to upscaling EbA, address knowledge gaps, pilot innovative EbA approaches, engage in strategic EbA policy mainstreaming, and incentivise innovative finance mechanisms and private sector EbA investment.

The Fund has three strategic objectives and three action pillars. While the Fund’s strategic objectives represent the overall aim and direction of the projects, also known as  the “What”, the three action pillars focus on “How” these can be reached within the scope of the Fund.  

As the focus of the Fund is to create enabling environment for EbA, the Action Pillars have been introduced to concretise what is meant by enabling environment.

To further support the applicants, the Global EbA Fund has provided examples of projects that would fall under each pillar in the Grant Procedures Manual.

All proposed projects requesting funding must clearly contribute to one of the Global EbA Fund Strategic Objectives as well as fall under a maximum of two of the Action Pillars.

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Why IUCN and UNEP?

IUCN and UNEP support target countries in implementing EbA measures to meet their global plans and commitments and to help people to adapt to the adverse effects of climate change. To support the Global EbA Fund, IUCN and UNEP are drawing on their extensive existing networks, tools and expertise, including Friends of Ecosystem-based Adaptation (FEBA) and the Global Adaptation Network (GAN).

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