Published: 22 Mar 2021

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. This Nature-based Solutions journey will bring together multiple actors from the Geneva International Community to establish a common understanding, set an open dialogue and share perspectives. 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. Unsustainable human activities, from farming and mining to industry and infrastructure, are exacerbating the negative impacts of this crisis and undermining both soil biodiversity and ecosystems health.  This degradation threatens food security, water supplies and the biodiversity upon which human society depends on.

As per IUCN definition, Nature-based Solutions (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.

The Post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework (GBF), for nature and people, is a stepping stone towards achieving the CBD 2050 Vision of ‘Living in harmony with nature’. It will replace and must improve on the Strategic Plan for Biodiversity 2011-2020. The overall ambition of the framework must be commensurate with the threats facing biodiversity and must deliver the transformational change that is needed to put nature on a path to recovery by 2030 and achieve the 2050 Vision of “Living in Harmony with nature”.

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 GBF.  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.

Within the Paris Agreement, countries have engaged themselves in the creation of Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs), aiming to embody their efforts to reduce national emissions and adapt to the impacts of climate change. NbS can be part of these actions as it provides various solutions to mitigate climate change effects. Nature has indeed an immense restorative power and offers some of the most cost-effective climate solutions. By working with nature, we have the potential to reduce emissions by more than a third of what is needed by 2030.

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 should indeed mark a turning point towards a resilient world for future generations. Major upcoming negotiations that will address NbS include:

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.

Although the dialogues target stakeholders from all continents, they aim to encourage increased engagement of the Geneva community in the run-up to the relevant negotiations listed above. This one-year journey is an opportunity to learn more about the technical know-how to design and implement innovative NbS to tackle and solve the current challenges the human society is facing. A journey to learn and listen about the lessons learned, technical challenges and capacity gaps to successfully transition into a more resilient and sustainable future for nature and people.

Venue: Online | Webex, Mondays, 15:00 CEST

Sessions

Special Sessions in the Run-Up to the UNFCCC COP-26

Conveners

The Geneva Environment Network is a cooperative partnership of more than 100 environmental and sustainable development organizations based in Geneva. Established in 1999, the Geneva Environment Network organizes events and promotes awareness on environmental issues. The Secretariat is supported by the Swiss Federal Office for the Environment and is administered by the United Nations Environment Programme.

The International Union for Conservation of Nature is a membership Union composed of both government and civil society organizations. It harnesses the experience, resources and reach of its more than 1,400 Member organizations and the input of more than 17,000 experts. This diversity and vast expertise makes IUCN the global authority on the status of the natural world and the measures needed to safeguard it.

The special sessions in the run-up to G7, G20 and UNFCCC COP26 will be jointly coordinated with the United Nations Environment Programme NbS Team.

The United Nations Environment Programme is the leading global environmental authority that sets the global environmental agenda, promotes the coherent implementation of the environmental dimension of sustainable development within the United Nations system, and serves as an authoritative advocate for the global environment.

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