The adoption of the resolution “Nature-based Solutions for supporting sustainable development” at the fifth session of the United Nations Environment Assembly (UNEA Res. 5.5) was a significant milestone in advancing the uptake and mainstreaming of Nature-based Solutions (NbS) across development sectors. The recently concluded Intergovernmental Consultations on Nature-based Solutions in Nairobi, Kenya highlighted a need for identifying standards and criteria to address divergences and provide a framework for implementation of Nature-based Solutions, as well as identifying and documenting best practices and case studies for NbS. It was also acknowledged that in addition to standards and criteria, implementing high-integrity NbS requires robust knowledge transfer, access to guidance for those implementing interventions, adequate financing as well as enabling policies at the global, national, and subnational levels.

The IUCN Global Standard for Nature-based Solutions offers clear criteria that guide the integration and mainstreaming of high-integrity NbS at policy, finance and actions on the ground. Over the past years, the IUCN NbS Standard has been used as a tool by various Member States to enable and increase the scale and impact of NbS and assess the effectiveness of interventions.

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The event will bring together high-level speakers representing China, Colombia, and Senegal, along with IUCN, aiming to:

  • Demonstrate how NbS is currently being applied at the national level in policies on the ground implementation;

  • Improve the understanding of the role that the IUCN Global Standard can play in the implementation of the UNEA multilateral definition of NbS;

  • Share and provide support for early action NbS through available tools and guidance;

  • Receive feedback from Member States and other stakeholders on additional guidance and required support

The event will conclude with a short segment on the ENACT Partnership - Enhancing Nature-based Solutions for Accelerated Climate Transformation - highlighting the key outcomes of the annual ENACT report, together with the co-chairs Egypt and Germany.

The event will be available in English, French and Spanish.

Speakers

First Segment:

Moderator:

  • Stewart Maginnis (Moderator) – IUCN Deputy Director General – Programme

Panellists:

  • Angela Andrade – Chair of the IUCN’s Commission on Ecosystem Management – Confirmed

  • Ms Carolina Diaz – Director, Environment and Sustainable Development, National Planning Department, Republic of Colombia

  • Mame Faty Niang SEYDI - Head of the Coastal Management Division, Department of Environment and Classified Establishments, Republic of Senegal

  • Dr Ming Luo - Executive Director, Nature-based Solutions Asian Hub - Ministry of Natural Resources of People’s Republic of China (PRC)

 

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