"It is not the strongest of the species that survives, nor the most intelligent that survives. It is the one that is most adaptable to change". - Charles Darwin
Six years ago, in a room in WWF’s Washington office, everybody in WWF who knew anything about polar bears was gathered. I was there too, not because I knew much about polar bears, but because somebody thought I should. The focus of the meeting was about the future of polar bears, given the big reductions in Arctic summer sea ice we were starting to see.
With support from USAID, World Wildlife Fund’s ‘Conservation & Adaptation in Asia’s High Mountain Landscapes and Communities’ project is working with conservationists, communities and climate scientists to build resilience in the high mountain areas and snow leopard habitats of Nepal, Bhutan, India, Pakistan, Kyrgyzstan, and Mongolia.
Protected areas that control local stressors are a hallmark strategy for species protection. However the global impacts of climate change don’t stop at the boundaries of protected areas. Nevertheless, a popular conservation narrative is that reducing local stressors can buffer ecosystems against the global impacts of climate change.
Ecosystem-based Adaptation. If you understand what adaptation is, then the term “ecosystem-based adaptation,” or EbA, should be self-explanatory. But it’s not. There is perhaps no concept more confusing or misunderstood than this one. So what does Ecosystem-based Adaptation really mean and why are we so confused about it?