Despite the challenges of COVID-19, the climate and biodiversity crises are ongoing. Transformative action to address these interrelated crises is needed now more than ever. To this end, on 7-9 July the Nature-based Solutions Initiative will be hosting a virtual event, NbS Digital Dialogues, to discuss key issues around NbS and draw conclusions that can be fed into the UN summits on biodiversity and climate change in late 2020/early 2021. NbS Digital Dialogues will serve as a primer to the Nature-based Solutions Conference, now postponed to July 2021, with many of our speakers for the 2021 conference contributing to this virtual event as well.
During the course of six 90-minute sessions over three days, we will discuss each of four key guidelines for successful, sustainable nature-based solutions (NbS) outlined in www.nbsguidelines.info and we will debate the main challenges around the implementation, financing and governance of NbS, and how to overcome them. We will also reflect on the relevance of NbS for international recovery-including green economic recovery- from COVID-19.
Sessions will involve 3-5 short presentations, a facilitated panel discussion, Q&A sessions with our remote audience, and poster sessions. Our facilitators and speakers are world-leading experts from across science, policy and practice working at the nexus of climate change, biodiversity and development.
The event will run from 12:00-17:00 BST on 7th and 8th July, and from 13:00-18:00 BST on 9th July 2020.