204. Accelerating nature-based solutions for adaptation across sectors: 11:00am – 12:30pm

News 10.09.19

Posted by Reena Chadee

Event time: 11:00am – 12:30pm
Location: Park Hub East, Convene, 101 Park Avenue
Event organizer: The Nature Conservancy, UN Environment World Conservation Monitoring Centre, Conservation International

This event will bring in the perspectives of different sectors that are using nature-based solutions (NBS) for adaptation with a goal of sharing practice and identifying ways to scale up. In a Moderated Talk Show set in the year 2050, we will provoke sector reps ideas on what measures are needed to advance NBS at scale. The creative conversations and ideas shared will challenge participants to think about the scale of climate impacts that are on the horizon and therefore the need for bold and transformative steps to build adaptive capacity using NBS. Sectoral representatives will illustrate how their sectors will look in 2050 and share ideas on how a wider-spread implementation of NBS have helped to reach that future moving beyond the small scale pilots and narrow set of stakeholders (e.g., civil society organizations and certain departments of government, like environment, forestry, climate). Following the Talk Show and launch of a booklet on nature-based transformative adaptation opportunities, the session will transition into break-out groups. Each group will focus on sharing practice and learning among peers in different sectors on NBS. In addition to sharing practice on what promising efforts exist today, the group will build out a set of recommendations on what measures are needed to overcome barriers to scaling up transformative NBS for adaptation.


  • Ms. Anna Brown, North America Climate Adaptation Director, North America Region, The Nature Conservancy
  • Ms. Marcia Toledo, Senior Policy Advisor, The Nature Conservancy

Speakers (Part 1):

  • Ms. Jainey K. Bavishi, Director of the Office of Recovery and Resiliency, New York City
  • Mr. Chip Cunliffe, Director, Sustainable Development, AXA
  • Ms. Diane Herndon, Senior Manager, Sustainability, Nestle Purina
  • Ms. Heather Morgan, Sustainability & Risk Management Lead, AECOM
  • Mr. Pierre Victoria, Director of Sustainable Development, Veolia

Speakers (Part 2):

  • Dr. Giacomo Fedele,  Climate Change Adaptation Fellow, Conservation International
  • Ms. Julie Greenwalt, Nature-based Solutions Lead, Global Commission on Adaptation
  • Ms. Hindou Oumarou Ibrahim, coordinator of the Association of Peul Women and Autochthonous Peoples of Chad
  • Mr. Thaddeus Pawlowski, Managing Director, Center for Resilient Cities and Landscapes, Columbia University
  • Dr. Valerie Kapos, Head of Programme, Climate Change & Biodiversity, UN Environment Programme World Conservation Monitoring Centre (UNEP-WCMC)

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Partners/Sponsors: WWF-US, IUCN, Global Commission on Adaptation, and Friends of Ecosystem Based Adaptation (FEBA)