UN Climate Week

The Nature-based Solutions Initiative is @ Climate Week NYC | We are hosting two major events and a daily NBS evidence briefing. Please join us.

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Event 1 | Do Nature-based Solutions work? Exploring the scientific evidence of the effectiveness of working with nature to address climate change impacts

23/09 | 16:45-18:00 | Convene 101 Park Avenue
(Madison Hub North 40)

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Join us for the launch of our interactive online evidence tool linking Nature-based Solutions to adaptation outcomes based on a systematic review of the peer-reviewed literature.

Co-hosted by UNEP-WCMC and IIED

There is growing awareness that NbS can help to protect us from climate change impacts whilst slowing further warming, supporting biodiversity and securing ecosystem services. However, the potential of NBS to provide the intended benefits has not been rigorously assessed and scientific evidence for the effectiveness of NBS is dispersed and difficult to access. We have addressed this issue by conducting a major systematic review of studies testing the effectiveness of NBS in dealing with the impacts of climate change and making this available in the form of an online NBS Evidence Tool.

This session will start with a talk outlining the huge potential of nature to support human adaptation. Then, in a series of short interactive presentations by NBSI team members, we will provide an overview of our scope, aims and methods and we will present an overview of the state of the global evidence for the effectiveness of NBS in dealing with the impacts of climate change. We will then demonstrate our NBS Effectiveness Evidence Tool. This makes scientific information on the effectiveness of NBS to climate change impacts more accessible to decision-makers, researchers and practitioners.

Objectives

(1) Enhance understanding of the state of the scientific evidence for the effectiveness of NBS to climate impact
(2) Showcase and discuss our new interactive NBS Evidence Tool

Agenda

Description Speaker/Panellist Time
Welcome + scene-setting Val Kapos UNEP-WCMC 16h45-16h50
Overview: What are Nature-based Solutions to climate change impacts? Why do we need to consolidate evidence of their effectiveness for people and ecosystems? And what do we mean by effectiveness anyway? Nathalie Seddon, Nature-based Solutions Initiative, University of Oxford, UK 16h50-17h00
The systematic review: Scope and Aims, Methods and Key Findings – how evidence for effectiveness varies with habitats, type of climate change impact, and region. Alex Chausson and Beth Turner, Nature-based Solutions Initiative, University of Oxford 17h00-17h20
(10 mins each)
NBS Evidence and Policy Tool Kit: a brief demonstration of our new online interactive NBS effectiveness tool, and other key resources on NBS for policymakers, practitioners and researchers. Cecile Giradin, Nature-based Solutions Initiative, University of Oxford 17h20-17h30
(10 mins each)
Guided Discussion: What can nature do for you?
Moderated by Val Kapos
How do you see yourself using this tool? 17h30-17h55
What do you need to make this happen?

Evidence Briefings – what can nature do for you?

Learn about and provide feedback on our evidence and policy tool kits.

22/09 | 11:00 – 12:00
23/09 | 18:00-19:00
24/09 |11:00 – 12:-00
Convene 101 Park Avenue (Boardroom 10)

Event 2 | Understanding and scaling up the transformational power of nature-based solutions to address climate change impacts

25/09 | 15:00-16:30 | Central Park Zoo
(Education Center)

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Co-hosted by UNEP-WCMC, IIED and IUCN

This event will focus on showcasing innovative solutions to protect from and adapt to climatic impacts whilst slowing further warming, supporting biodiversity, and securing ecosystem services (ie. sustainable development co-benefits). After a global overview of the role of NBS in enabling human adaptation, a series of short talks will provide a forum to learn about how working with nature is transforming people’s lives in the face of climate change. Then, through a structured panel discussion with the audience, we will explore challenges and opportunities around how we might take NbS for adaptation to scale.

Objectives:

1 | Highlight the many different ways in which NbS are helping people to adapt across the globe
2 | Outline key opportunities/pathways to unlock the transformational power of nature-based solutions for climate change adaptation
3 | Identify pathways to channel robust evidence on NBS effectiveness for climate change into evidence-based policy

Intended outcome

An action agenda to unlock the transformative power of nature-based solutions for adaptation to climate change

Speakers:

Dr Val Kapos, UNEP-WCMC

Professor Nathalie Seddon, University of Oxford

Dr Saleem Huq, International Centre for Climate Change and Development

Dr Xiaoting Hou-Jones, International Institute for Environment and Development

Dr Guan Li, Chinese Academy of Sciences

Plus, representatives from the governments of New Zealand and Costa Rica (TBC)

Agenda

Description Speaker/Panellist Time
Welcome + scene-setting: Global imperative to find equitable adaptation solutions? Val KaposUNEP-WCMC, UK 15h00-15h05
Technical overview: Nature-based solutions to climate change adaptation – global overview of value, limits & evidence Nathalie Seddon, Nature-based Solutions Initiative, University of Oxford, UK 15h05-15h17
Stories of change:

How working with nature is transforming people’s lives in the face of climate change.

Saleem Huq,
ICCCAD
Xiaoting Hou-Jones,
IIED
Guan Li, Chinese Academy of Sciences (Ali Raza Rizvi, IUCN?)
Others
(South Africa, Costa Rica, New Zealand)
15h17-15h50
Panel Discussion: An action agenda to enable to the transformative power of nature. Moderated by Val Kapos, WCMC
From your experience what are the key constraints or barriers to scale nature based-solutions such as the ones just presented?
How can these barriers be overcome?
Identify two actions that could be implemented over the next 12 months to scale nature based-solutions to climate change impacts.
15h50-16h20
plus Q&A and discussion
Closing remarks: Saleem Huq, ICCCAD Closes at 16h30

Have you discovered our Evidence & Policy Tool Kit?

www.naturebasedsolutionsevidence.info
www.nbspolicyplatform.org

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