Using Ecosystems to Address Climate Change: Ecosystem Based Adaptation

"This issue of the Regional Seas Information Series outlines policy recommendations to promote the application of the ecosystem-based management and restoration of ecosystems. It highlights that ecosystem-based management offers a valuable, although under-utilized approach for climate change adaptation that can replace or complement other adaptation actions like building expensive "hard" infrastructure such as sea-walls and dykes. The report outlines the benefits of ecosystem-based management as a cost-effective adaptation strategy, with case studies on: wetlands in Mexico; risk and vulnerability assessment methodology development project in Jamaica; integrated coastal zone management in Southern Africa; and mangroves in Viet Nam."