The Global EbA Fund is now open for application. In 2023 the Global EbA Fund introduced two funding tracks: a general EbA project proposals track and a thematic proposals track. The Global EbA Fund accepts and reviews submissions under the General EbA project proposals track year-round and makes biannual funding decisions.
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 catalytic funding mechanism for supporting innovative approaches to EbA to create enabling environments for its mainstreaming and scaling up.
By supporting catalytic climate change adaptation initiatives, the Fund will help overcome barriers to upscaling EbA, address knowledge gaps, pilot innovative EbA approaches, engage in strategic EbA policy mainstreaming, and incentivize innovative finance mechanisms and private sector EbA investment.
Ecosystem-based Adaptation (EbA) is a nature-based solution that harnesses biodiversity and ecosystem services to reduce vulnerability and build the resilience of human communities to climate change. EbA is defined as the use of biodiversity and ecosystem services as part of an overall adaptation strategy to help people to adapt to the adverse effects of climate change.
EbA encompasses a broad set of approaches that include the management of ecosystems and their services to reduce the vulnerability of communities to the impacts of climate change – such as the conservation, sustainable management, and restoration of ecosystems, such as forests, grasslands, wetlands, mangroves or coral reefs to reduce the harmful impacts of climate hazards including shifting patterns or levels of rainfall, changes in maximum and minimum temperatures, stronger storms, and increasingly variable climatic conditions.
Nature-based Solutions (NbS) are defined as actions to protect, sustainably manage, and restore natural or modified ecosystems to address societal challenges, simultaneously providing human well-being and biodiversity benefit which are crucial for sustainable development. The sustainability, cost-effectiveness, and scalability of NbS make them one of the best tools available to ensure the necessary transformative change to address climate change.
As an umbrella term, NbS encompasses approaches to working with nature to address climate change, such as ecosystem-based adaptation (EbA) and ecosystem-based mitigation. NbS as an overarching concept can be used to support communication and mainstreaming of these different subsets across international, multilateral agreements/global frameworks and their audiences.
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).
- A grant in the range of USD 50,000 to USD 250,000 for up to 24 months.
- The Fund may consider project durations up to 36 months (Additional justification is required).
- Projects may have a global, thematic, regional, and/or country-specific focus.
- If the project has a country-specific focus, it must be targeted to one or more countries that are eligible for official development assistance (ODA) based on the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development’s Development Assistance Committee (OECD-DAC) list at the time of application.
- Regional/multi-country projects, particularly projects designed to foster regional exchange and achieve regional-scale impacts, are eligible.
- For multi-country projects, which are projects involving activities in more than one country, all of the countries must be ODA-eligible.
- Projects with a global or thematic focus, not targeted to a specific region or country, are also eligible.
- The Fund will not grant directly to government partners.
- UNEP and IUCN offices are not currently eligible.
- Applicants have to apply via the official submission form available at the apply link.
- All required application documents must be submitted via email to [email protected].
- Applications must be submitted in English.
- Official documents of the organization and register entries must be translated into English.
Application Deadline: April 28, 2023Application ClosedOfficial link