Ecosystems-Based Approach

Accord­ing to the UN Con­ven­tion on Bio­log­i­cal Diver­sity, the Ecosystems-Based Approach (EBA) is

“a strat­egy for the inte­grated man­age­ment of land, water and liv­ing resources that pro­motes con­ser­va­tion and sus­tain­able use in an equi­table way.” 

By address­ing cli­mate change from this per­spec­tive, Integrate Climate can con­tribute to the reduc­tion of atmos­pheric green­house gases, as well as improve bio­di­ver­sity con­ser­va­tion, liveli­hood sus­te­nance and food secu­rity, water man­age­ment and dis­as­ter risk reduction.

Author: Thomas Caste­lazo LIcensed under Cre­ative Com­mons 3.0world.

EBA rec­og­nizes the inter­de­pen­dence within an ecosys­tem, rather than con­sid­er­ing sin­gle issues, species or func­tions in iso­la­tion. Human activ­ity, cul­ture and insti­tu­tions are viewed as inte­gral com­po­nents of ecosystems.

Such approaches pro­vide a holis­tic response to the impacts of cli­mate change. They address the cru­cial links between cli­mate change, bio­di­ver­sity and sus­tain­able resource man­age­ment, in order to achieve both human and envi­ron­men­tal well-being.

The over­ar­ch­ing prin­ci­ple is to ensure that, despite changes in the ecosys­tem, the capac­ity of the ecosys­tems to pro­duce food, employ­ment, rev­enues and other essen­tial ser­vices is main­tained for the ben­e­fit of the present and future generations.

Ecosytems-Based approaches address the crucial links between climate change, biodiversity and sustainable resource management.

Author: Carla Antonini Licensed under Cre­ative Com­mons 3.0

By address­ing cli­mate change from this per­spec­tive, we can con­tribute to the reduc­tion of atmos­pheric green­house gases, as well as improve bio­di­ver­sity con­ser­va­tion, liveli­hood sus­te­nance and food secu­rity, water man­age­ment and dis­as­ter risk reduction.