The regional project on Ecosystem-based Adaptation (EbA) in High Mountainous Regions of Central Asia started in June 2015. It is implemented by the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH, and commissioned by the International Climate Initiative (IKI) of the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety (BMUB). In simple terms, the EbA concept aims to help people to adapt to the adverse mpacts of climate change by using services provided by nature. More detailed information on climate change adaptation and EbA is provided at www.wwfadapt.org. 

The general awareness and understanding of climate change, of the significance of its impacts for the socio-economic development of countries and of the complex implications for solutions to adapt to climate change is rather basic among planners and decision-makers in the Central Asian countries. Climate change is still often seen as a secondary issue, which, at best, is of interest for scientists, or agricultural specialists only and, at worse, is not even perceived as a reality in the region.

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