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.
About this Session
Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) are currently negotiating a new Global Biodiversity Framework (GBF), which will define targets and pathways for the conservation and management of biodiversity for the next decade and beyond. The post-2020 GBF, which will be adopted at the 15th meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP15) in Kunming, China in October 2021, is a stepping-stone to achieve the 2050 Vision of “Living in Harmony with Nature”.
Since 2004, the CBD has recognized the important role of ecosystem approaches, defined as “strategies for the integrated management of land, water and living resources that promotes conservation and sustainable use in an equitable way” (CBD, 2004). Through voluntary guidelines, the CBD has provided further support for ecosystem-based adaptation (EbA) and ecosystem-based disaster risk reduction (Eco-DRR).
As we move toward more ambitious goals beyond 2020, the umbrella concept of Nature-based Solutions (NbS) is a powerful tool that will contribute towards the achievement of the GBF goals and targets while fostering new paths of change for our future.
Therefore, strengthening the emphasis on NbS in the GBP has the potential to bring about transformational change in society’s relationship with nature, to accelerate progress towards the Sustainable Development Goals and ensure that, by 2050, the shared vision of living in harmony with nature is fulfilled.
- Nature-based Solutions and Health | 26 April
- Nature-based Solutions and Ecosystems Restoration | 7 June
- Nature-based Solutions and Water | 5 July
- Nature-based Solutions for Socio-Economic Growth | 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 Peacebuilding | 1 November
- Nature-based Solutions and People | 6 December
Special Sessions in the Run-Up to the UNFCCC COP-26
By order of intervention
Deputy Executive Secretary, UN Convention on Biological Diversity
Deputy Director, UNEP-WCMC
Head, Rio Conventions Section, Federal Office for the Environment, Switzerland
Camila ZEPEDA LIZAMA
Director General of Global Issues at the Mexican Secretariat of Foreign Relations
Executive Director of the Indigenous Information Network (IIN)
Director of Environmental Policy at Conservation International | Chair of the IUCN Commission on Ecosystem Management
Jane SMART (moderator)
Global Director, Biodiversity Conservation Group and Global Species Programme, IUCN
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