IUCN Congress: Call for Session Submissions at the NbS Pavilion

The IUCN World Conservation Congress provides an ideal stage to amplify the understanding and solidify the science and practice of Nature-based Solutions in a global arena. As part of the Congress exhibition, a dedicated NbS pavilion will host a series of events, workshops, launches and discussion groups on NbS. Call for submissions is now open. 

IUCN Congress 2020

Healthy ecosystems are the foundation upon which our societies and economies are built. Today, more than ever, we are reminded that to take care of ourselves, we must take care of the environment that sustains us. The COVID-19 pandemic has shaken the planet and led to a major call for transformative change. NbS are part and parcel of the global shift to build back better.

In recent years, NbS have generated growing global momentum towards a more sustainable future. As the concept enters the policy and operational mainstream, there is the need for greater clarity and precision of what NbS entails and what is required to reach its full potential to address our societal challenges.

This is your opportunity to spark mutual action and understanding, and even rediscover the many ways that nature can support us. NbS are derived from decades of practice demonstrating the viability of conservation actions to address societal challenges through approaches such as forest landscape restoration and ecosystem based approaches to climate change adaptation.

The IUCN Congress brings together conservation experts and custodians, government and business representatives, indigenous peoples, scientists and the public who have an interest in nature and the future of our planet. Congress is comprised of a Member’s Assembly, Forum, and an Exhibition Area with stands, pavilions and event stages. The conference will take place in Marseille, France from 7 to 15 January 2021 (postponed from its original date of 11 to 19 June 2020). The appropriate sanitary and social distancing measures will be applied according to the recommendations from the French authorities at the time.

The NbS Pavilion Guidelines can be downloaded here, and the Template for submitting a session is available from here

Deadline for session submissions is 30 September 2020.

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