The role of law and governance is minimal in most adaptation efforts to date, which largely focus on immediate local adaptation needs, particularly in the natural resource sectors.
The IUCN Environmental Law Centre, Environmental Law Institute (ELI), World Resources Institute (WRI), International Development Law Organization (IDLO), IUCN Commission of Environmental Law and the IUCN Academy of Environmental Law have collaborated on this event to identify common issues, challenges, and potential solutions related to law and governance for adaptation to climate change in the biodiversity and natural resource sectors and share relevant experiences from protected areas and water governance.
The concepts of ‘adaptation mainstreaming’, ‘adaptive management’, and ‘institutional arrangements’ will be introduced and presented in the context of ongoing work at the national and international levels and through case studies and practical examples. Participants will be invited to discuss specific, practical questions and come up with potential solutions.
Adaptation law and governance will then be further illustrated in the specific biodiversity contexts of connectivity conservation law and water. Participants will be invited to share their experiences and insights.