The Nature Positive Agenda in Davos

Briefing Room 12.01.24

Posted by Nature4Climate
Photo: World Economic Forum/Pascal Bitz


From January 15th to 19th, 2024, the World Economic Forum will host its Annual Meeting in Davos, Switzerland. With the theme “Rebuilding Trust,” this year’s meeting will feature the Nature Positive agenda with events concentrated on the 16th, 17th, and 18th.

A key focus is the discussion on the Long-Term Strategy for Climate, Nature, and Energy, aiming for long-term systemic approaches to achieve a carbon-neutral and nature-positive world by 2050. This includes ensuring affordable, secure, and inclusive access to energy, food, and water. The meeting will integrate the efforts of various Forum initiatives, such as the CEO Climate Leaders and the First Movers Coalition.

The organization listed the public sessions at the Annual Meeting 2024 that include the Nature Positive agenda, along with live-streaming options. Explore the key sessions below:

Tuesday – 16th

Mainstreaming Ecopreneurs
09:45-10:30 – Livestream Available
Davos-Klosters, Congress Centre, Spotlight
Ecopreneurs are finding innovative solutions to address environmental challenges, from fast-tracking decarbonization and scaling nature-based solutions to addressing plastic pollution. How can we bring more early-stage venture financing and changes in status quo business to rapidly deploy innovations at scale?

Setting Standards for Nature
January, 13:15 – 13:45 – Livestream Available
Davos-Klosters, Kurpark Village, Briefing Centre
Investor pressure, regulatory requirements and consumer preferences are leading companies to establish nature-positive commitments alongside their net zero goals.
What decisions need to be taken today to halt and reverse biodiversity loss by 2030 and ensure continued planetary and human prosperity?

Forests as a Climate and Livelihoods Solution
16:15 – 16:45 – Livestream Available
Davos-Klosters, Kurpark Village, Breifing Centre
Forests represent a third of carbon sequestration potential to address the climate crisis and many local benefits if paired with steep emissions cuts from human sources. And blue carbon ecosystems, such as mangrove forests, seagrasses and salt marshes, store up to five times more carbon per acre than tropical rainforests. With such immense potential, what are the new science, corporate and government commitments to safeguard forests both in land and coastal ecosystems and protect local livelihoods?

Finding a Balance for the Amazon
16:15 – 17:00 – Livestream Available
Davos-Klosters, Congress Centre, Aspen 2
Home to 10% of the world’s biodiversity, 20% of global freshwater resources and nearly 50 million people, the Amazon basin plays an essential role from an economic and ecological standpoint. With the growing recognition that the basin will be instrumental in achieving international targets such as the Paris Agreement and the Global Biodiversity Framework, how can leaders in the region ensure the protection of the ecosystem and the sustainability of its economic prospects?

Wednesday – 17th

Putting a Price on Nature
09:00 – 09:45 – Livestream Available
Davos-Klosters, Congress Centre, Ignite
Gross domestic product has more than doubled in the past three decades while natural capital has declined by nearly 40% within the same time frame.
With more than half of the world’s GDP reliant on nature and its services, what is required to better connect ecology to economics, and conservation with development outcomes? Can the value of nature be quantified as a measure of economic performance?

Live from the Deep Sea
16:00 – 17:00 – Livestream Available
Davos-Klosters, Congress Centre, Fusion
Below the ocean surface is a world that is vast, distant and alien. We are now able to understand and explore more of this realm with technology.
Join Caribbean marine biologist and explorer Diva Amon live from a deep-sea submersible examining the health of Mesophotic coral reefs off the coast of the Seychelles. She is joined by prominent experts and industry leaders to explore the potential of technology and how it can be harnessed to better steward ocean health.

Biodiversity Credits
12:00 – 14:00 – Livestream Available
SDG Tent, Earth Room
This session will bring together stakeholders from across sectors to take stock of the current state of the market and conduct a horizon scan to define the gaps and areas of development for the future viability and success of the market.

Thursday – 18th

History-making in the High Seas
10:15 – 11:00 – Livestream Available
Davos-Klosters, Congress Centre, Ignite
In 2023, the High Seas Treaty was signed into force, marking the end of more than a decade of multilateral negotiations. This agreement provides for the global governance of 95% of the ocean volume, addressing pollution, overfishing, climate change and biodiversity loss. What are the implications for business and government in this new compact and how can stakeholders collaborate to exercise collective stewardship?

Land Use: Managing the Trade-Offs
15:00 – 15:45 – Livestream Available
Davos-Klosters, Congress Centre, Aula
The stability and resilience of communities stem from sustainable and equitable management of land resources.
With growing and competing demands on land for food, feed, fuel and fibre, what are the practical approaches and incentives needed to rationalize the competing demands?

Nature Positive Strategy: What Should Your Sector’s Priority Actions Be?
10:00-11:30 – Livestream Available
SDG Tent, Earth Room
In the lead-up to UNCBD COP16 in 2024, this session will mobilize business ambition, analyse the necessary element of a nature strategy, signpost available resources, and identify key barriers for implementation and uptake.