The Geneva Nature-based Solutions dialogues aim to facilitate further engagement and discussion among the stakeholders in International Geneva and beyond, in the lead-up to a critical year for nature and society. The dialogues are convened by the Geneva Environment Network and the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN).
About the Dialogues
We are facing a triple planetary crisis – climate change, nature loss and pollution. In this context, Nature-based Solutions (NbS) are a powerful ally to address a societal and environmental challenges. As per IUCN definition, NbS are actions to protect, sustainably manage and restore natural or modified ecosystems that address societal challenges effectively and adaptively, simultaneously providing human well-being and biodiversity benefits.
NbS are a powerful tool to facilitate and catalyse the engagement of cross-sectoral stakeholders to join forces towards the implementation of an ambitious Post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework (GBF) and move towards achieving the CBD 2050 Vision of ‘Living in harmony with nature’. NbS also offer a pathway for synergies among several multilateral environmental agreements, including for biological diversity (CBD), climate change (UNFCCC), disaster risk reduction (Sendai Framework), desertification (UNCCD) and the wider Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) – and for mainstreaming nature conservation into sectoral decision-making processes.
In the lead-up to a critical year for nature and society, NbS offer an opportunity to address a wide range of urgent societal challenges. The year 2021 and the major upcoming negotiations should indeed mark a turning point towards a resilient world for future generations.
Join the Geneva Environment Network and the International Union for Conservation of Nature in a one-year journey, where experts from all over the world and different sectors will discuss throughout the year how NbS are relevant to various debates ongoing in Geneva.
- Nature-based Solutions and Health | 26 April
- Nature-based Solutions and Ecosystems Restoration | 7 June
- Nature-based Solutions and the Post-2020 Biodiversity Framework | 28 June
- Decent Work Through Nature-based Solution for an Inclusive Socio-Economic Recovery | 30 August
- Nature-based Solutions and Food | 13 September
- Nature-based Solutions and Oceans | 27 September
- Nature-based Solutions for Building Resilience | 11 October
- Nature-based Solutions and Cities | 25 October
- Nature-based Solutions and Water | 22 November
- Nature-based Solutions and People | 6 December
About this Session
All too frequently, conflict is a cause for environmental degradation and natural resources depletion, leading to food and water insecurity, loss of livelihoods, and biodiversity loss among others. Competition over resources, particularly given their increasing scarcity, can also increase tensions and conflicts. At least 40 percent of all internal conflicts over the last 60 years have been linked to the exploitation of natural resources.
While the negative impact of conflict on the environment is clear, natural resources can also facilitate post-conflict peacebuilding and recovery. The protection of the environment and cooperation efforts in that direction can serve to build lasting and sustainable peace. Conversely, maintaining peace in fragile post-conflict societies requires consideration of natural resource management and governance, as conflicts involving natural resources have also been found to be twice as likely to relapse.
Therefore, Nature-based Solutions present a large potential to contribute to sustainable development and peace throughout the cycle of conflicts. Transparent and sustainable natural resource management can improve peacebuilding measures, by providing basic needs, reducing causes of tensions, and strengthening inclusive governance. By protecting the environment, NbS can contribute to address and prevent conflict-linked environmental damage as well as to combat the risk of ressources crisis resulting from conflict, particularly in the face of future climate stresses (IUCN, 2020).
This dialogue brings together leading experts on environmental peacebuilding to discuss how we can harness the potential of NbS in peacebuilding efforts. This session is organized as part of the Geneva Peace Week 2021, a flagship initiative of the Geneva Peacebuilding Platform to foster exchange between the actors working on peace from all sectors. Environment is high on the agenda of this edition, as the global community heads towards the 2nd International Conference on Environmental Peacebuilding, to take place in Geneva in February 2022.
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