This workshop will focus on mainstreaming the role of protected areas as an essential part of the global response to climate change. It will demonstrate how protected areas enhance ecological, social, and economic resilience to climate change, protect natural carbon reservoirs, and respond to national and local development needs such as water resources, disaster risk reduction, and coastal zone management. Case studies and a facilitated discussion will identify critical elements of best practice in protected area decision making to support adoption of ecosystem-based climate change adaptation and mitigation strategies, including how to:
• Implement programs for protecting, connecting, and restoring ecosystems, building and sharing knowledge, creating partnerships, working with communities, and inspiring people to become better stewards such that these programs contribute to climate change adaptation and mitigation.
• Incorporate protected area system design into climate change mitigation and adaptation action plans, national biodiversity strategies and disaster management plans to ensure that carbon-rich priority conservation habitats and areas that provide essential ecosystem services are incorporated into sectoral adaptation plans
• Integrate nature-based solutions such as ecosystem restoration into infrastructure development plans
• Empower a range of governance arrangements to maintain resilient ecosystems and livelihoods through recognition of the rights and roles of diverse actors in natural resource stewardship.
Participants will have an opportunity to: 1) contribute to the development of a consensus about best practice guidelines to inform protected area and ecosystem-based adaptation and mitigation decision-making; and 2) consider a motion calling on all IUCN constituencies to implement strategies that mainstream the role of protected areas in nature-based solutions to climate change.