1. Implementing natural solutions to climate change in North America - 2. Launch of best practice guidelines for ecological restoration of protected areas

Purpose:
To facilitate and capture conversations about the role that protected areas play in providing natural solutions to climate change and how to build and expand on North American initiatives to connect to the broader global community of practice.

Objectives:
1. Highlight strategies and approaches for climate change adaptation and mitigation being taken in North America (e.g. restoring natural systems; connecting fragmented landscapes; engaging local partners; investing in research and monitoring; and educating the public);
2. Explore ways to link and connect the North American examples into a broader international and global arena;
3. Identify topics and areas of emphasis relevant for more in depth sessions at the World Parks Congress.

Approach:
The session will combine elements of World Café conversations and Scenario Planning exercises to facilitate and capture ideas for implementing Natural Solutions to climate change in North America and beyond. Participants will interact in a series of consecutive “conversation clusters” at small tables with groups of four to five people. A central component of the conversations will be to explore a set of plausible, divergent, relevant, and challenging scenarios that may affect environmental and socio-political decision environments under which climate change may unfold. Each small group conversation will brainstorm and write about the challenges and opportunities presented under different future conditions what the most effective and ineffective responses might be in these situations. Each conversation will last 20-30 minutes and will build on one another by linking and connecting ideas from one table to the next. Facilitators will help the groups recognize themes and patterns throughout the session and will provide opportunities for “cross-pollination” at key points in the conversations. The final 30 minutes of the session will be a period of synthesis and sharing in a “town meeting” style discussion with the entire group.

Outcome:
The expected outcome is to recognize common and novel ideas, grow collective knowledge, and identify ways to bridge to a series of events at the World Parks Conference.

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