Ecosystem-based Climate Change Mitigation and Adaptation

Indonesian students plant mangrove trees in Jakarta Bay. Rehabilitating mangroves is crucial to conserving valuable biodiversity.
Photo credit: REUTERS/Supri Indonesian students plant mangrove trees in Jakarta Bay. Rehabilitating mangroves is crucial to conserving valuable biodiversity.

Managing and rehabilitating ecosystems for mitigation of, and adaptation to, climate change.

UNDP supports countries in incorporating nature-based solutions into their strategies for adapting to and mitigating the negative impacts of climate change. Ecosystem-based adaptation helps vulnerable communities increase their resilience, and the resilience of the ecosystems on which they depend. Large-scale rehabilitation projects generate work opportunities. In addition, expanding and connecting protected areas to conserve intact forests, wetlands, mangroves and coral reefs provide a natural buffer for vulnerable communities against disasters intensified by climate change. Conservation and rehabilitation of natural ecosystems also contribute to reducing greenhouse gas emissions. Countries are supported in developing capacity and accessing new sources of finance to maintain and restore forests, peat lands, wetlands, tidal marshes, mangroves and seagrass beds that function as effective carbon sinks. Communities are supported in securing land tenure and accessing new sources of finance to manage ecosystems effectively, using both traditional knowledge and innovative techniques.

UNDP is committed to working with countries to:

  • Promote ecosystem resilience to climate change;
  • Foster ecosystem-based adaptation to climate change;
  • Implement ecosystem-based climate change mitigation solutions; and
  • Strengthen the ability of protected areas to support climate change adaptation and mitigation.