27 Sep 2021

Lieu: Online | Webex

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). The Nature-based Solutions and the Ocean Dialogue is organized in the run-up to the 2022 UN Ocean Conference in Lisbon, Portugal.

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.


About this Session

Covering more than 70% of the Earth’s surface, the ocean is essential to human lives and livelihoods. They directly support human well-being through food and energy resources, while stabilizing the climate and nurturing unimaginable biodiversity. However, pressures from human activities are degrading the ocean and destroying essential habitats (WOA II, 2021). 

Nature-based Solutions can help reconcile the ocean and human activities. Indeed, well-crafted NbS can support the restoration and recovery of degraded marine ecosystems, while increasing economic and societal benefits. Examples include rehabilitating critical habitats such as seagrass and saltmarsh for biodiversity protection and carbon sequestration or managing coastal habitats to preserve biodiversity and protect people from extreme weather events.

As governments and other stakeholders prepare to meet for the 2022 UN Ocean Conference in Lisbon, Portugal, discussing the contribution of NbS to the sustainable management of the ocean is a timely issue. Co-hosted by Portugal and Kenya and originally scheduled for 2020, the conference will build momentum for scaling up science-based action to achieve the targets set in SDG 14: Life below Water. It will also harness synergies with the recently launched UN Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development.

Ahead of this major event, this session will highlight the key role of NbS for preserving, restoring, and sustainably managing the ocean, while delivering benefits for people and nature.


By order of intervention

Minna EPPS

Director, Global Marine and Polar Programme, IUCN | Moderator


Director General of Maritime Policy, Ministry of the Sea, Portugal

H.E. Amb. Cleopa MAILU

Permanent Representative of Kenya to the UN and other International Organizations in Geneva

Arthur TUDA

Executive Secretary, Western Indian Ocean Marine Science Association (WIOMSA)


Expert, IUCN CEM E-bAG & President, RespectOcean


Deputy Head of Fund Secretariat, Global Fund for Coral Reefs

Abhishek GOYAL

Senior Technical Director, Standards, Gold Standard

Nicolas PASCAL

Executive Director, Blue Finance

Nature-based Solution Champion

Stay tuned!

To be revealed during the event.


The event will take place online. Kindly register directly on the Webex platform.


In addition to the live WebEx and Facebook transmissions, the video will be available on this webpage.



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