Microfinance for Ecosystem-based-Adaptation to Climate Change

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Microfinance for Ecosystem-based-Adaptation to Climate Change

The consequences of extreme climatic events such as droughts and floods pose an increasing threat to rural and peri-urban communities of Peru and Colombia. Although these communities have already begun measures to adapt to these adverse effects under the scenario of extreme climate change, the need to effectively diffuse and transmit information and knowledge regarding climate change and climate change resilience still persists. The execution of investments in ecosystem-based adaptation activities aims to improve the communities’ resilience to these threats and to ensure the sustainability of ecosystem services on which these communities depend.

The Microfinance for Ecosystem-based-Adaptation to Climate Change (MEbA) project was conceived to promote and support the introduction of specific (micro) financial products and services. The main pillars of the projects are (1) the assistance in the development and implementation of new financial products and services tailored to rural populations that are vulnerable to the effects of climate change (e.g. small agricultural producers and other local actors of the North Andean Region); (2) the provision of customized capacity building to Microfinance Institutions (MFIs); and, (3) awareness raising, carrying out training activities which address identified knowledge gaps and meeting MFI client needs to increase climate change resilience with a focus on Ecosystem-based Adaptation via partnerships with key local technical actors.

The MEbA project initiated its activities in April 2012 with the signing of an Agreement between the United Nations Environment Programme – Regional Office for Latin America and the Caribbean (UNEP-ROLAC, implementing organization) and the Frankfurt School of Finance & Management (Frankfurt School-UNEP Collaborating Centre for Climate & Sustainable Energy Finance, executing agency). The project is funded by the Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety of Germany, under the framework of the International Climate Initiative (IKI). During the period April 2012 – December 2017 the MEbA project will focus its operations in the Andean Region of the two countries. In the pilot phase the MEbA project is working with three partner MFIs in Colombia (Bancamía, Contactar, and Crezcamos) and two in Peru (Fondesurco and Solidaridad) with the aim to build capacity, develop EbA-oriented microfinancial products and services and to raise awareness for existing EbA options.

Partner MFIs:

Recent publications:

MEbA Newsletter
March 2015
MEbA Factsheets 2015 MEbA Microcredit Brochures Peru and Colombia 2015
MEbA Newsletter June 2014 MEbA Newsletter December 2013 MEbA Options, costs and benefits

Andean Agriculture in the face of Climate Change


Santiago, Chile
October 26 - 28, 2015

IDB - National Development Banks & Financing Adaptation Investments
Washington D.C., USA
October 15 & 16, 2015

MEbA Workshop
Bogotá, Colombia
October 14 & 15, 2015


12th University Meets Microfinance Workshop
Bergamo, Italy
June 11 - 12, 2015


Ecosystem-based Adaptation Knowledge Exchange Workshop
Bonn, Germany
June 7, 2015

COP 20 – Side events
Lima, Perú
10 & 12, 2014

Microfinance and Adaptation 2.0 (organized by Frankfurt School)
Guayaquil, Ecuador
November 4, 2014

MEbA Workshop
Lima, Perú
August 28 & 29, 2014

Project Manager: 

Alicia Rondón-Krummheuer

FS-UNEP Centre
Project Manager

Christine Kugler

FS-UNEP Centre
Project Coordinator


Project duration: 
01.2012 to 12.2017