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The main objective of EcoAdapt is to develop adaptation strategies to climate change with an ecosystem approach in three Model Forests (MF) of Latin America: the Chiquitano MF in Bolivia, Jujuy MF in Argentina and the Araucarias Alto Malleco MF in Chile. The project has a duration of four years and begins with a diagnostic phase, which lasts just under two years. This first phase includes both an analysis of local knowledge and learning processes (Work Package 1) an analysis of context and knowledge gaps (Work Package 2). The knowledge management platform exposed in this document helps develop both work packages.

Here is where the web platform for knowledge sharing plays a more important role, as shared information supports the process of action-research in decision-making on adaptation at the project sites. To ensure the production of high quality and legitimate information, WP2 uses a participatory approach that integrates local knowledge in the diagnostic analysis and quality control by an advisory committee of knowledge.

EcoAdapt has supported the development of weADAPT.org as a platform for knowledge sharing and the dissemination of climate change adaptation case studies and best practices. Other vital platforms for knowledge sharing in the project's framework include:
This section tackles how the knowledge platform integrates with the intranet and the weADAPT platform. weADAPT's articles and mechanics published during that work session represent the main input of the platform to date and other materials produced by the project management team.

The guides (Only in Spanish) have been developed for weADAPT platform set out below and they are available by clicking on the link PDF.

Exploring the road for the protection and the use of water as a shared resource and for the local development

posted 10 Mar 2016, 07:02 by Unknown user   [ updated 10 Mar 2016, 07:06 ]

This publication was written in the framework of EcoAdapt and it is focused on the experience of the implementation of the project  in the Model Forests of Araucaria de Alto Malleco (Chile), Jujuy (Argentina) and Chiquitano (Bolivia)

This research compiles the principal findings and learning of the Project which searches for the climate change adaptation for local development in the Model Forests.

You can find the Spanish version in the following link:  http://bit.ly/1UeFt5a

The importance of working at the science-society interface for adaptation to climate change in local territories of Latin America: case studies of Bolivia, Chile and Argentina

posted 23 Mar 2015, 15:15 by Marybell muñoz ajiaco   [ updated 23 Mar 2015, 15:15 ]

This presentation which is part of the EcoADAPT project, emphasises the importance of working at the science-society interface for adaptation to climate change, especially in relation to water resources management and governance. This project uses three Model Forest territories located in Argentina, Bolivia and Chile respectively.

Through a bottom-up process that takes into account the local development dynamics, important messages that emerge from this preliminary work include:
  • The importance of co-construction of knowledge and building shared understanding through scientists-CSO partnerships in the adaptation process
  • Social and technical validation through feedback workshops with different actors in the territories of concern; especially relevant for preventing and managing natural resources conflicts as they emerge
  • Importance of participatory social network mapping as a way to reveal/negotiate adaptation barriers at an early stage and as an opportunity to expand networks across scales and actor types
  • Identification of socio-institutional barriers and strengths through participatory social network mapping to build adaptation strategies helps to understand the socio-institutional landscape of an area in a structured way (i.e. formally through the analysis of policy documents and the like, and informally, through the analysis of social networks)
  • Barriers and strengths serve as direct entry points for the identification of key adaptation interventions
Examples of emerging transformations and preliminary impacts by working at the science-society interface and through a bottom-up action-research process include:
  • In Chile, water resources has become the ‘new agenda’ in the Bosque Modelo the Alto Malleco for the new strategy that the CSO is currently developing. In addition, a new dialogue has emerged between the communities and the private sector to enable water access to the communities of the Rio Bío Bío.
  • In Bolivia, this process has strengthened the capacity of an existing watershed committee and currently, leadership within the team is being identified.
  • In Argentina, this process served as an opportunity to better position the Bosque Modelo de Jujuy with other actors of the network.
Overall, this preliminary work ensures that the process helps to build trust with different actors and set expectations, it helps to empower the stakeholders in the local territories while strengthening the participatory processes, and most importantly helps building the Project ownership which are all essential ingredients for long lasting partnerships and long-term sustainability of adaptation strategies.

This qualitative work will be a direct input for the next phases of the project which include participatory exploratory scenario analysis alongside simulation and evaluation models based on both quantitative and qualitative data.

The work from the socio-institutional component undertaken under the EcoADAPT project was presented at the Annual International Conference 2013 held at the Royal Geographical Society (with IBG) in London on Friday 30th August, 2013. The Conference theme was entitled ‘New geographical frontiers’, and the EcoADAPT research work conducted thus far was presented in a session called ‘Natural resources at the centre of conflicting visions? Quantitative/qualitative frontier for consensual environmental management’.

Ecosystem-based adaptation in marine, terrestrial and coastal regions

posted 23 Mar 2015, 15:08 by Marybell muñoz ajiaco   [ updated 23 Mar 2015, 15:11 ]

Conservation International is implementing Ecosystem-based Adaptation approaches in marine, terrestrial and coastal regions in Brazil, Philippines and South Africa, where we have strong track records, partners and relationships with government. EbA approaches are means of improving livelihoods and conserving biodiversity in the face of climate change.


Ecosystem-based adaptation (EbA) is a new concept, which capitalizes on the ability of natural systems to assist in human adaptation to climate change. In many cases, because natural systems provide multiple adaptation benefits, they are potentially much more cost effective than hard-engineered solutions. However, experience in both identifying and implementing EbA activities are in their infancy. Here we propose to identify and implement EbA activities in three very diverse settings, which will serve as models for out-scaling and up-scaling of ecosystem-based adaptation in other areas.

To increase the resilience and adaptive capacity of vulnerable people to climate change, CI will: i) assess the potential for Ecosystem-based Adaptation (EbA) solutions in the Philippines, South Africa and Brazil; ii) implement pilot EbA solutions; iii) and provide capacity building, linking lessons learned to local, national and international climate adaptation planning and policy.

The identification and implementation of these ecosystem-based adaptation activities will help inform other EbA activities around the world. This work will provide examples from marine and terrestrial settings, including fisheries dependent on coral reefs, coastal protection by mangroves, livestock grazing in semi-arid systems, agriculture in tropical forests and freshwater use. The project will work with regional and national authorities to capitalize on these examples in other settings within the three countries, and will work with international policy bodies to create conditions which will allow replication of these results in other countries.

The project is generously funded by the German Federal Ministry of the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety under the framework of the International Climate Initiative (ICI) and will run until July 2015.

Sharing best practices on weADAPT.org

posted 23 Mar 2015, 09:18 by Marybell muñoz ajiaco   [ updated 23 Mar 2015, 09:18 ]

Plataforma weADAPT.org
weADAPT is an open platform that addresses issues of climate change adaptation and enables practitioners, researchers and policy makers to access accurate high quality as well as share experiences and lessons learned from initiatives processes linked to climate change adaptation.

One of the last items shared by the territories where EcoAdapt works, was published by the Model Forest Alto Malleco Araucaria. This paper reports the experience gained after a seminar-workshop entitled 'Adapting to climate change and water for local development' held in November 2012, which involved Caracautin communes and Lonquimay, IX Araucanía Region, Chile . 

The purpose of this event was to establish dialogue with local stakeholders on the impacts of climate change in the area of influence of the Model Forest (Caracautin and Lonquimay communes), in particular, its influence on the availability of water present and future in the territory and its effects on the development prospects of the territory forward.

To view all entries and EcoAdapt shared experiences on this platform, visit:  http://weadapt.org/knowledge-base/ecoadapt

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