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Project description:

Mountain regions are particularly affected by the impacts of climate change.
The project aims to scale up EbA as a means to build climate-change resilience and promote adaptation in mountains, benefiting mountain people directly and also millions downstream. Measures include ensuring that Flagship and new projects will yield long-term evidence and lessons; extracting that knowledge and evidence; building local capacity to replicate successful approaches; and informing local, national, and international adaptation plans and policies. Applied training will be used to convey lessons, replicate EbA practices, and link to NAPs. Peru, Nepal, Uganda: Flagship sites will continue to generate data and lessons for mountain EbA, informing new demonstrations and influencing plans and policies. Kenya: EbA approaches will be replicated on Mount Elgon (Kenyan side). Bhutan and Colombia: The project will identify existing development or conservation projects into which mountain EbA
can be shared and infused to build a base for national mainstreaming.

Project data:

Countries: Bhutan, Colombia, Kenya, Nepal, Peru, Uganda
IKI funding: 826,077.00 €
Duration: 10/2020 till 11/2022
Status: open
Implementing organisation: International Union for Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources (IUCN) – USA
Political Partner: Ministry of Agriculture and Forests – Bhutan; Ministry of Environment (MINAM) – Peru; Ministry of Environment and Forestry – Kenya; Ministry of Environment and Sustainable Development (MADS) – Colombia; Ministry of Forests and Environment – Nepal; Ministry of Water and Environment – Uganda; National Office of Protected Areas (SERNANP) – Peru; Uganda Wildlife Authority – Uganda

State of implementation/results:
  • In Nepal, an additional 1600 people were involved in project activities and different
    knowledge-sharing activities. An additional five mountain ecosystem-based adaptation (EbA) measures were implemented in consolidation sites and one additional measure was done in new sites. -In Peru, economic, ecological and social improvements are foreseen in all EbA sites including in the 241-ha vicuña fence with improvements in ecosystem services downstream in Tomas; improved community livestock management in Tanta and Miraflores; and increased water availability in Canchayllo
  • Chepkitale Spring Assessment was finalized in Kenya and construction on new gravity-fed water systems has begun.
  • In Uganda, 166 more small holder farmers (72 men and 94 women) have established soil and water conservation structures like fanya juu and fanya chini, dug trenches into their gardens, as well as planted agroforestry shrubs like Calliandra, sesbania to stabilise the soils and to provide fodder for their animals.
  • As part of coordinated effort to ensure the mainstreaming of Springshed EbA in Bhutan, IUCN and Tarayana/CNR have agreed to partner to:
  • Ensure the expansion and mainstreaming of springshed management programmes in additional priority districts;
  • Build capacity on vulnerability assessments and EbA design to key staff and partners from Tarayana and CNR;
  • Scope the space for strengthening policy support to springshed management as part of adaptation strategies in Bhutan; –Identify entry points for larger EbA programmes on water management in Bhutan (possibly GCF funded).
  • The Bhutan component will help with the development of a technical and policy brief on springshed management based on the on-site technical experience and using elements of the previously drafted policy review on EbA in the Water Sector in Bhutan, Tarayana, CNR and IUCN will work on developing a technical and policy brief for government agencies highlighting 1) best practices for springshed management; 2) policy recommendations for designing and implementing a country-wide springshed programme and implementation; and 3) funding options (both external and internal) for a long term programme.
  • 8th EbA Knowledge Day (02 June 2022): This focused on analysing the latest, cross-sectoral developments related to EbA in policy, practice, research and financing. Participants discussed outlooks and priorities for EbA, identified opportunities for capitalising on EbA action to date, and explored innovative avenues for maximising adaptation benefits in the future. The day included input by high-level officials, an exciting panel discussion, and several interactive thematic sessions.
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