What is the EbA Community of Practice (EbA CoP)?

It is a group of people exchanging experience and knowledge on ecosystem-based adaptation to climate change (EbA).

The EbA Community of Practice was launched in 2014, as an initiative of UNEP-REGATTA, managed by Practical Action.

After a successful first year of activities, EbA CoP was re-launched, in partnership with EbA South, a joint UNEP-China initiative funded by the GEF, and with support from the inter-American Development Bank. The second season was kicked-off on September 12th 2015, on the occasion of the United Nations day for South-South Cooperation, with new thematic modules. In the spirit of South-South cooperation, the EbA Community also expanded to welcome new members from across the Global South.

In September 2016 the EbA CoP AbE started a third phase with the support of UNEP- REGATTA.

Who is it for?

Various topics related to EbA: some proposed by the management team but most of them by the community members.

What issues will be addressed? 

Various topics related to EbA: some proposed by the management team but most of them by the community members.

How does the EbA CoP work? 

The community discussions are moderated by Practical Action, specifically by Lili Ilieva. Exchanges between community participants are structured by thematic modules.

These online discussions take place on an interactive wall and through webinars. Participants are also able to share documents and links. A library is available and a reading

list is provided for each module. Online technology will enable easy contact and communication between members.

The webinars and all online content are simultaneously translated into Spanish and English.

What do I get from participating  in the EbA CoP?

•Professional development – new knowledge

•Development of professional contacts

•Networking opportunities, worldwide

•Free webinars with world-class EbA experts

The most active members will be invited to join our face-to-face workshops and meetings.

What commitment is required from participants?

Online participation demands up to about one hour per week on average. It is expected that participants contribute to the interactive wall for each of the modules, and more so in relation to those topics that most interest them. 

Participation is free and does not require any payment.

How do I join?

Register here.



Lili Ilieva

Lili holds a PhD in Science and Management of Climate Change from the University of Venice, Ca ‘Foscari in Italy. She has experience managing research projects with Practical Action Latin America in Peru and with the Euro Mediterranean Centre for Climate Change (CMCC) in Italy. Lili has more than 7 years’ experience conducting qualitative and quantitative research and possesses strong analytical skills oriented to solution-based decision making. She specialises in natural resource management, resilient livelihoods and social and environmental vulnerability analysis.

Lili also has experience developing climate change adaptation and disaster risk reduction measures in different contexts using participatory approaches to gender and ecosystems, among others. Her experience in applied research is in Latin America, the Caribbean and Europe. She is a native Bulgarian, is fluent in English and Spanish, has working knowledge of German and basic Italian.