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Ecosystem-based adaptation: the key to reducing climate risk in Uganda

All developing countries must address climate vulnerability and identify the best ways to help their people adapt. Ecosystem-based adaptation (EbA) is one increasingly popular and tested strategy. Uganda — a country already implementing EbA — is at a moment of political opportunity to harness the full benefits of this approach, as its climate change policy evolves into law.

As policymakers create the legal frameworks to ensure ecosystems continue to be healthy and provide for communities, evidence for the efficacy of EbA approaches strongly suggests it should be formally prioritised and resourced accordingly. We seek to inform Uganda’s decision makers by using a local case study to discuss: the effectiveness of EbA, what is helping or hindering implementation, and how challenges can be addressed in emerging legislation and government planning.

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Ecosystem management and restoration can be a very important part of climate change adaptation, and communities can play a central role in the process, but the evidence base needs strengthening.

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