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UNEP Regional Seas Releases Report on Ecosystem Based Adaptation

October 2010: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) Regional Seas has released a report titled "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. [The Report]