Illustration of people planting vetiver grass in Fiji

Planting for Resilience

Scaling Up the Adoption of Ecosystem-Based Adaptation Using Behaviour-Centred Design: The case of vetiver grass for riverbank erosion control in Fiji


Planting for Resilience is a research initiative that explores how to incentivize the adoption of climate adaptation solutions and the implications for developing and implementing climate policies that are informed by behavourial science.

Adapting to climate change requires shifts at the individual, organizational, and collective levels—from what we eat, how we consume, and how we commute to how we manage our ecosystems, and much more. However, the role of behaviour change in the field of climate adaptation has largely been overlooked and oversimplified. The latest science on behavioural change reveals that knowing and caring about an issue does not automatically drive behavioural change. This means that, in addition to securing funding and raising key stakeholders’ awareness of the socio-economic and environmental value of climate adaptation solutions, more attention is needed to addressing behavioural barriers at individual and collective levels.

This initiative focuses on one approach that responds to climate change impacts and risks: Ecosystem-based Adaptation (EbA). EbA includes protecting, restoring, and enhancing ecosystem services while improving the resilience of communities and livelihoods. Through this initiative, we explore a specific case of EbA: the adoption of vetiver grass for riverbank rehabilitation to reduce flood damage in Fiji.

The initiative brings together climate adaptation specialists from IISD, behaviour science experts from Rare (the Center for Behavior and the Environment), and policy- and decision-makers from the Fijian Ministry of Waterways and the Ministry of Economy’s Climate Change Division.

The Planting for Resilience project is made possible with the financial support of the Global EbA Fund. 

Project details

Climate Change Adaptation
Focus area