Ecosystem-based Adaptation in Marine and Coastal Ecosystems

Lynne Zeitlin Hale
Created: 5/05/2009 -


Climate change is already impacting the ability of marine and coastal ecosystems to provide food, income, protection, cultural identity, and recreation to coastal residents, especially vulnerable communities in tropical areas. These impacts will continue and increase over the short to medium term, even as the community of nations works to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions. There is an urgent need to develop, implement, and fund ecosystem-based adaptation strategies in coasts and oceans as a central part of the global response to climate change. Coastal and marine ecosystem protection and restoration is the foundation for ecosystem-based adaptation, and strong and specific provisions for the development, implementation and funding coastal and marine ecosystem-based adaptation need be a central part of a Post-2012 Climate Agreement.

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Multilateral / Transboundary
Sector Addressed
Conservation / Restoration
Land Use Planning
Type of Adaptation Action/Strategy
Natural Resource Management / Conservation
Incorporate climate-smart guidelines into restoration
Incorporate future conditions into natural resources planning and policies
Incorporate climate change into threatened / endangered species designations
Reduce local climate or related change
Create or modify shoreline management measures
Target Climate Changes and Impacts
Sea level rise
Storms or extreme weather events
Habitat/Biome Type