Experts' Forum of EbA Community

 

¿What is the Experts' Forum of EbA Community? 

It is a group of people exchanging practical experience and knowledge on the implementation of ecosystem-based adaptation to climate change (EbA) measures and strategies. 

This is an initiative by Regatta, from United Nations Environment Program (UNEP), facilitated by Practical Action with the financial support of the Governments of Norway and Spain.

 

¿What issues will the Experts' Forum of EbA Community address? 

Issues that will be addressed are:

  • Conceptual framework and Streamline Concepts
  • Vulnerability and climate change impact
  • EbA in desert ecosystems
  • EbA in mountain ecosystems
  • EbA in tropical rainforest ecosystems
  • EbA in marine and coastal areas 
  • EbA in cities 
  • Role of protected areas in EbA
  • EbA and Mitigation
  • Financing for EbA
  • EbA mainstreaming in policy processes and decision making

These issues will be developed through modules of 4 weeks of duration in average. Also, related issues will be addressed as suggested by Experts’ Forum participants. More details of the modules, please take a look at  modules.

 

¿How does the Experts' Forum works? 

The Expert’s Forum discussions are moderated by Practical Action, specifically by Juan Torres and Jorge Elliot.

The Expert’s Forum exchange is structured by modules. Each module has the following sequence: 

  • The moderator post a discussion question in the “Experts’ Forum” where development practitioners that have implemented ecosystem-based adaptation measures share their experience. To join this group, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • After this Exchange, the Webinar of the module take place where an invited expert presents a reflection on the issue.
  • Then, the discussion in the “Community of Practice” is opened for people to contribute and learn of ecosystem-based adaptation measures. To join this group, please register here.
  • Finally, the moderator post discussions’ conclusions. 

These online discussions take place in an interactive wall and webinars. Participants are able to share documents and links. A library is available and technology will enable easy contact and communication between Learning Alliance group members.

 

What do I get from participating in the Experts’ Forum? 

  •  Professional development – new knowledge
  • Development of professional contacts, across continents
  • A certificate to be awarded to contributors
  •  Participation in a Regional Meeting in Lima, city of COP 20 in 2014

 

What commitment is required from participants? 

Online participation demands up to about half or one hour per week on average. It is expected that participants contribute in the interactive wall in each of the modules, mainly in those where they are more interested.

Participation is free and do not require any payment as the community is an initiative by Regatta, from United Nations Environment Program (UNEP), and financed by the Governments of Norway and Spain.

 

How long does the community last? 

The community as described above is scheduled to last until mid-2015. Beyond that, networking and sharing between members will continue according their demands.

 

How do I join?

If you want to join the “Experts’ Forum” targeted to development practitioners with experience at implementing ecosystem-based adaptation measures, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  

If you want to join the “Community of Practice” targeted to people interested in learning more about the ecosystem-based adaptation to climate change, please register here.

 

Moderators

Juan Torres

Is a biologist by the Universidad Nacional Agraria La Molina in Perú, with a Master of Science (Biology) by the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México. Juan is Practical Action expert on climate change adaptation with experience in the moderation of online discussions. His expertise includes work at deserts and mountain ecosystems, water and arid land projects, integrated management of hydric resources and agro-biodiversity projects, among others. 

Jorge Elliot

Is a Forest Engineer by the Universidad Nacional Agraria La Molina in Perú. Currently, he is Practical Action Coordinator of Tropical Rainforest Ecosystems in Peru and Bolivia, and responsible of the online platform and information systems InfoBosques that integrates knowledge products (technical reports, articles, stats, videos, pictures, maps) and services and products of rainforest ecosystems, updated information of the different stakeholders involved in the sustainable management of forests and information of agroforestry and ecosystem services. Jorge is also Project Manager of the Binational Program of Conservation and Participative Management of the Fog Forests in the Chinchipe basin, Peru-Ecuador

What is the EbA Community of Practice (EbA CoP)?

It is a group of people exchanging experience and knowledge on ecosystem-based adaptation to climate change (EbA).

The EbA Community of Practice was launched in 2014, as an initiative of UNEP-REGATTA, managed by Practical Action.

After a successful first year of activities, EbA CoP was re-launched, in partnership with EbA South, a joint UNEP-China initiative funded by the GEF, and with support from the inter-American Development Bank. The second season was kicked-off on September 12th 2015, on the occasion of the United Nations day for South-South Cooperation, with new thematic modules. In the spirit of South-South cooperation, the EbA Community also expanded to welcome new members from across the Global South.

In September 2016 the EbA CoP AbE started a third phase with the support of UNEP- REGATTA.

Who is it for?

Various topics related to EbA: some proposed by the management team but most of them by the community members.

What issues will be addressed? 

Various topics related to EbA: some proposed by the management team but most of them by the community members.

How does the EbA CoP work? 

The community discussions are moderated by Practical Action, specifically by Lili Ilieva. Exchanges between community participants are structured by thematic modules.

These online discussions take place on an interactive wall and through webinars. Participants are also able to share documents and links. A library is available and a reading

list is provided for each module. Online technology will enable easy contact and communication between members.

The webinars and all online content are simultaneously translated into Spanish and English.

What do I get from participating  in the EbA CoP?

•Professional development – new knowledge

•Development of professional contacts

•Networking opportunities, worldwide

•Free webinars with world-class EbA experts

The most active members will be invited to join our face-to-face workshops and meetings.

What commitment is required from participants?

Online participation demands up to about one hour per week on average. It is expected that participants contribute to the interactive wall for each of the modules, and more so in relation to those topics that most interest them. 

Participation is free and does not require any payment.

How do I join?

Register here.

 

Moderator

Lili Ilieva

Lili holds a PhD in Science and Management of Climate Change from the University of Venice, Ca ‘Foscari in Italy. She has experience managing research projects with Practical Action Latin America in Peru and with the Euro Mediterranean Centre for Climate Change (CMCC) in Italy. Lili has more than 7 years’ experience conducting qualitative and quantitative research and possesses strong analytical skills oriented to solution-based decision making. She specialises in natural resource management, resilient livelihoods and social and environmental vulnerability analysis.

Lili also has experience developing climate change adaptation and disaster risk reduction measures in different contexts using participatory approaches to gender and ecosystems, among others. Her experience in applied research is in Latin America, the Caribbean and Europe. She is a native Bulgarian, is fluent in English and Spanish, has working knowledge of German and basic Italian.

 

Practical Action is the Knowledge Center of the community of practice in ecosystem-based adaptation. 

Practical Action is an international organization contributing to the sustainable development of most vulnerable populations, through research, application and dissemination of appropriate technologies.

Learn more about Practical Action here.