Launch of the Global Fund for Ecosystem-based Adaptation

25 March 2021

Ecosystem-based Adaptation harnesses the power of nature to increase the resilience of communities against the escalating impacts of climate change. By providing rapid and targeted financial support to innovative and catalytic projects, the Global EbA Fund will address specific gaps in policy and technical knowledge to maximise the impact of this vital nature-based solution on a global scale.

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The Global EbA Fund, a brand-new funding opportunity, is now open to support scaling up EbA across the world. Led by IUCN and UNEP, the Global EbA Fund is a quickly deployable mechanism for supporting innovative approaches to EbA, to help people to adapt to the adverse effects of climate change. The Fund aims to encourage catalytic initiatives to help overcome barriers for upscaling EbA. Through its International Climate Initiative (IKI), the Federal Environment Ministry of Germany has committed 20 million euros to the Fund.

The Global EbA Fund prioritises the closing of resource and knowledge gaps with a broad thematic focus on innovation and urgency for climate change adaptation, thus encouraging creative solutions and partnerships among funding applicants and the wider EbA community. By supporting catalytic interventions, the Fund engages in strategic EbA policy mainstreaming, and incentivises innovative finance mechanisms and private sector investment.

The Global EbA Fund will draw on and support the growing momentum behind Nature-based Solutions and EbA, creating synergies with other upscaling initiatives, including the Friends of EbA (FEBA), the UN Decade on Ecosystem Restoration, the Global Adaptation Network (GAN), the Global Commission on Adaptation (GCA; specifically, Action Track on Nature-Based Solutions), the Sustainable Development Goals and more.

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Who can apply?

The Global EbA Fund grants should be complementary and add value to existing work by filling a gap in an existing project, enhancing the impact of an EbA investment, contributing to policy upscaling of EbA, and/or serving to develop a larger proposal to another funding mechanism. Projects may have a global, thematic, regional and/or country-specific focus.

The Fund prioritises applicants that are well-grounded in the proposed region or area of work; have experience of the size and type of project proposed; and are inclusive of local communities, indigenous knowledge and gender perspectives.

This Fund is now open for contributions of USD 50,000 to USD 250,000, with no specified or prioritised regional or country focus. The maximum project duration is 36 months. Please note that UNEP and IUCN offices are not currently eligible to apply for funding from the Global EbA Fund.

In line with current IKI policies, the Fund will not provide grants directly to government partners but to organisations working directly with national, sub-national and local governments to create an enabling environment for EbA and the implementation of strategic partnerships.

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Learn more about What We Fund and How to Apply. For any queries, visit our FAQs page. Stay up to date on announcements by following the Global EbA Fund on Twitter and LinkedIn.

Check out the Fund Updates page for news stories and updates.

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