Potential for ecosystem-based adaptation in the coastal areas of Indonesia and the Philippines

Potential for ecosystem-based adaptation in the coastal areas of Indonesia and the Philippines

Tropical coastal areas are highly vulnerable to climate change. Coastal ecosystems can support the adaptation  of both human and natural systems but only if they are sustainably managed. The conservation, restoration or sustainable management of ecosystems to provide ecosystem services that help people adapt to climate change is known as ‘ecosystem-based adaptation’ (EbA).

The coastlines of Indonesia and the Philippines harbour unique biodiversity and are among the largest and most resource-rich in the world. They are also affected by a variety of hazards related to climate change. This policy brief assesses the potential for implementing EbA in the coastal areas of these two countries through an analysis of existing adapta- tion and resource management practices and policies, and key informant interviews with decision-makers, practitioners and researchers.

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