Help pilot the navigator of tools for ecosystem-based adaptation

News, 15 January 2019
IIED, IUCN, UNEP-WCMC and GIZ are seeking feedback on a new navigator that catalogues tools for ecosystem-based adaptation planners and practitioners.

Mangroves and seagrasses in Lembongan, Indonesia. Conserving mangrove forests be part of ecosystem-based adaptation, protecting coastlines and biodiversity (Photo: Steven Lutz/Blue Forests, Creative Commons via Flickr)

Ecosystem-based adaptation (EbA) has huge potential to help people manage climate change impacts. There is a growing array of tools and methodologies available to support the integration of EbA into adaptation strategies. 

To help practitioners and policymakers identify appropriate tools for incorporating EbA into their climate adaptation plans, IIED, IUCN, UNEP-WCMC and GIZ have developed an EbA Tools Navigator. The navigator features information on more than 230 EbA tools, methodologies and guidance documents; from planning, assessments, and implementation to monitoring and mainstreaming. 

The navigator includes detailed information about each tool, including its aims and functions, and how it can be applied. It has been designed to help users easily find and understand the appropriate tools and methods to support their work. 

The navigator also allows users to add information on tools not yet included, as well as their own experiences in applying particular tools for EbA. 

Valuable feedback on early versions of the navigator was provided by members of the international EbA community of practice, supported by GIZ as well as the Friends of EbA (FEBA) network, supported by IUCN.

The navigator has now been released in pilot form, and the developers are encouraging EbA practitioners and planners to explore and test its usefulness for their own work. Feedback is welcome on the navigator’s design and functions, and on how EbA tools can be made more accessible to those who need them.   

How to download the navigator and give feedback

The navigator is in the form of an Excel file and is accompanied by a tutorial providing more information and instructions on its use. The documents can be downloaded here:

You can provide feedback through the navigator itself, or by emailing Charlotte Hicks at

The deadline for feedback is 31 March, 2019.

About the project partners

The EbA Tools Navigator has been developed through a collaboration between two International Climate Initiative (IKI) funded projects: Ecosystem-based adaptation (EbA): strengthening the evidence and informing policy, implemented by IIED, IUCN and UNEP-WCMC; and Mainstreaming ecosystem-based adaptation (EbA): strengthening EbA in planning and decision-making processes, implemented by GIZ.

Both projects aim to show climate change policymakers and adaptation practitioners when and why EbA is effective – the conditions under which it works, and the benefits, costs and limitations of natural systems approaches. They also they promote the better integration of EbA principles into policy and planning.