IUCN event | 15 Nov, 2022

Jointly combating the Climate and Biodiversity crises: the critical role of Nature-based Solutions

UNFCCC Parties at COP26 – for the first time – recognised the interlinked crises of climate change and biodiversity loss, and the critical role of nature in delivering benefits for both adaptation and mitigation. This session will explore how this can now be meaningfully operationalised with practical cases.

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Invertebrate life including corals, tunicates and sponges, covers mangrove roots; Tunicate Cove, Belize

Photo: naturepl.com / Tim Laman / WWF

The latest IPCC report has eloquently and unequivocally laid out the impacts of climate change on people and nature – and has underscored the need for urgent action to avert the worst impacts. At COP27 in Egypt and the CBD COP15 in December 2022, we must underscore the need to jointly address the climate and biodiversity crises facing us, distil good practices and lessons learned from our collective experiences of implementing solutions over the last few decades, and accelerate action.

Nature-based solutions have emerged as a critical way to not just address these crises, but also to address the economic and livelihood needs of vulnerable communities globally. What are some of the lessons we’ve learned from these approaches? How can we better design integrated, landscape approaches that harness the power of nature-based solutions to work for climate, biodiversity, economies, and people? How can we scale these approaches? 

This event will bring together a range of perspectives from governments, practitioners, and communities, and their examples from across the globe – from the Congo and Ruzizi Basins on the African continent to the Amazon – and beyond. Join us to hear about innovative approaches and the opportunities to scale such action.

Speaker will include:

Opening remarks: Bruno Oberle, Director General, IUCN

Moderator: Stewart Maginnins, Deputy Director General - Programme, IUCN

Panellists (in alphabetical order):

  • Helder Barbalho, Governor of Pará, Brazil
  • Jenifer Corpuz, Nia Tero, Philippines
  • Peter Katanisa, Advisor to Ministry of Environment, Rwanda
  • Wanjira Mathai, Managing Director for Africa, WRI
  • SooJeong Myeong, Korea Environment Institute