IIED at Adaptation Futures

Article, 13 June 2018
18 June 2018 to 24 June 2018

Adaptation Futures 2018 takes place from 18-21 June 2018 in Cape Town, South Africa. IIED and partners  will be showcasing a variety of work during the conference. 

Adaptation Futures 2018 in Cape Town  will be the first time this  international climate change adaptation conference is held on the African continent.

Adaptation Futures is the biennial conference of the Global Programme of Research on Climate Change Vulnerability, Impacts and Adaptation. The conference brings together researchers, practitioners policy makers and business from around the world. 

IIED's participation

IIED will be highlighting work on Ecosystem-based adaptation (EbA) at a number of side events. EbA involves people using biodiversity and ecosystem services to adapt to the climate change impacts and promote sustainable development. IIED is working on promoting effective EbA in Asia, Africa and Central and South America.

IIED and partners will participate in several sessions on EbA, and in particular a workshop on 21 June which will focus on key questions such effectiveness, impacts and upscaling EbA. 

Related reading: Ecosystem-based approaches to adaptation: strengthening the evidence and informing policy. Research overview and overarching questions

IIED and partner events

Fun and Games (and a lot of learning) with Ecosystem-based Adaption

Session: S40 - Workshop
Date: Monday 18 June
Time: 12.30-2.30pm
Room: 1.41
Partner organisations: Organised by WWF, with IIED participating
Speakers: Hannah Reid, IIED

Government natural resource management supporting ecosystem-based adaptation 

Session: S48 - Workshop
Date: Tuesday 19 June
Time: 11.30am-1.15pm
Room: 1.62
Speakers: Sarshen Scorgie of Conservation South Africa will present IIED’s work

How effective are Nature-based Solutions to climate change adaptation? Assessing and mapping the evidence base

Date: Thursday, 21 June
Time: 15.15-16.00pm
Room: Toolshed E
Speakers: Nathalie Seddon, Professor of Biodiversity & NERC Knowledge Exchange Fellow and IIED Associate

This session explores various aspects of what might contribute to the effectiveness of ecosystem-based adaptation (EbA) or nature-based solutions (NbS) for climate change adaptation, drawing from a global level literature review to several case studies from six countries in the global south. Aspects investigated in the series of papers include: what influences decision making and the choice of responses; the importance of considering hybrid approaches; how to ensure the sustainability of EbA investments; and the necessity for participatory approaches that include local communities, stakeholders and, in an interesting case study from Colombia, educational institutions at different levels.

Overcoming barriers to scaling up EbA: strengthening the evidence base and engaging the private sector 

Session: S224
Date: Thursday 21 June
Time: 11.30-1:15pm
Room: 1.61
Partner organisations: Organised by Conservation South Africa and ACDI with IIED participating.

Scaling up ecosystem-based adaptation: Linking science, practice and policy 

Session: S30
Date: Thursday 21 June
Time: 2.15-4.00pm 
Room: 2.43
Speakers: Organised by IIED with Hannah Reid, IIED associate facilitating; Anu Adhikari, IUCN Nepal; Sarshen Scorgie, Conservation South Africa; Sophie Kutegeka, IUCN Uganda; Sylvia Wicander, UNEP-WCMC; Natalie Seddon, Oxford University

Ecosystem-based adaptation (EbA) is receiving growing attention for its great potential to reduce people’s vulnerability to a range of climate change impacts and provide significant co-benefits for biodiversity and people, especially those most vulnerable to climate change. It is often a sound investment when compared to other adaptation options, and yet it is not receiving as much support in national policy makers processes as it merits. 

The event aims to bring together policy makers, practitioners and researchers to share experiences and discuss

  1. Effectiveness: what works & what has not worked in Ecosystem-based adaptation approaches?
  2. Impacts: how can ecosystem-based approaches EbA contribute to both better development and adaptation outcomes?
  3. Up-scaling: how can we maximise the uptake of evidence from research into development and climate change policymaking and implementation

Leveraging science to enhance citizen leadership in urban adaptation and risk management

Session: S50 - Workshop
Date: Thursday 21 June
Time: 2.15-4pm
Room: 2.46
Partner organisations: Organised by Kings College, with IIED participating
Speakers: Emmanuel Osuteye, Alice Sverdlik/Kimani Joseph, Hayley Leck, Pascal Kipkemboi, Chris Jack, Jan Hugo; Chair: Mark Pelling

Participatory methodologies have become a standard of researchers and NGO repertoires when engaging with local actors. Many experiences are supportive of local action but as many are deployed as rapid methodologies with limited scope for meaningful stakeholder reflection and potential action. This session opens a roundtable discussion to focus critically on the deployment of participatory methods and coproduced approaches to stakeholder engagement in adaptation research and NGO activity. Discussion will be catalysed by statements from academics and practitioners, participants will be encouraged to bring their own experiences to the discussion.


Fiona Roberts (fiona.roberts@iied.org), Senior coordinator (biodiversity), IIED's Natural Resources research group