The Global EbA Fund, is now open to support scaling up Ecosystem-based Adaptation (EbA) across the world. Led by International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) and United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), the Global EbA Fund is a quickly deployable mechanism for supporting innovative approaches to EbA, to help people to adapt to the adverse effects of climate change.
The Global EbA Fund provides rapid and targeted support through seed capital for innovative approaches to ecosystem-based adaptation (EbA) to climate change.
The Fund aims to encourage catalytic initiatives to help overcome barriers for upscaling EbA. Through its International Climate Initiative (IKI), the Federal Environment Ministry of Germany has committed 20 million euros to the Fund.
The Global EbA Fund prioritizes the closing of resource and knowledge gaps with a broad thematic focus on innovation and urgency for climate change adaptation, thus encouraging creative solutions and partnerships among funding applicants and the wider EbA community. By supporting catalytic interventions, the Fund engages in strategic EbA policy mainstreaming, and incentivises innovative finance mechanisms and private sector investment.
- To build awareness and understanding of the critical role of natural assets in underpinning resilience to climate change, expand the knowledge and evidence base to help make the case for working with people and nature, and enhance institutional capacities for mainstreaming EbA into national plans and policy frameworks and vertical integration and alignment of EbA across sectors.
- To address planning and other governance gaps in policy and regulatory environments to increase the attractiveness and feasibility of using and upscaling ecosystem-based approaches for climate change adaptation.
- To expand access to sustainable short- and long-term finance mechanisms for applying and scaling up EbA, including the incentivization of private sector investment in EbA and reducing EbA’s dependence on high management capacity and continuous financial input.
This Fund is now open for contributions of USD 50,000 to USD 250,000, with no specified or prioritized regional or country focus. The maximum project duration is 36 months.
- 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 which are eligible for official development assistance (ODA) based on the Organization 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 seeks diverse applicants with relevant experience and local partnerships and presence.
- In line with current IKI policies, the Fund will not grant directly to government partners.
- UNEP and IUCN offices are not currently eligible.
Who can apply?
- The Global EbA Fund grants should be complementary and add value to existing work by filling a gap in an existing project, enhancing the impact of an EbA investment, contributing to policy upscaling of EbA, and / or serving to develop a larger proposal to another funding mechanism. Projects may have a global, thematic, regional and / or country-specific focus.
- The Fund prioritise are applicants that are well-grounded in the proposed region or area of work; have experience of the size and type of project proposed; and are inclusive of local communities, indigenous knowledge and gender perspectives.
For more information, visit https://globalebafund.org/