A long-term research programme within university research institutions to monitor the benefits of the implemented urban Ecosystem-based Adaptation interventions in Mexico, El Salvador and Jamaica.
A long-term research programme has been established within university research institutions to monitor the benefits of the implemented urban EbA interventions. These research institutions include the University of El Salvador (San Salvador), the University of the West Indies (Kingston) and the Institute of Ecology (Xalapa). The results of this research will be shared with project stakeholders and the general public through peer-reviewed papers to improve the scientific and technical knowledge on urban Ecosystem-based Adaptation across the LAC region. In addition, educational toolkits will be developed for primary and secondary schools in San Salvador, Kingston and Xalapa to increase their awareness on the effects of climate change and EbA. To start the Long-term Research Programme, students from these universities have been selected – and funded – to undertake research on the SCCF interventions during the lifespan of the project.
- Design and institutionalise LTRPs with selected research institutions in El Salvador, Jamaica and Mexico to monitor the effects of urban EbA interventions in a scientifically rigorous manner.
- Develop MoUs between the executing agency of the SCCF-financed project and research institutions in each country to sustain the LTRP after project completion.
- Develop and implement research projects with MSc and PhD students from partner research institutions on the costs and benefits of urban EbA implemented under Output 2.4, and the benefits of these interventions for vulnerable communities.
- Disseminate the findings of the EbA research undertaken by the students through: presentations to government departments and institutions involved with urban development; and ii) publications in international and national journals. The availability of quantitative information on the benefits of urban EbA will promote evidencebased decision-making by the local authorities in the future, thereby promoting EbA investments beyond the project’s endpoint.