Today, more and more initiatives, programmes and funds develop on national and international levels that support climate change mitigation and adaptation projects. As a result the number of projects related to REDD+ or the conservation of climate relevant ecosystems increases constantly. However, in some instances, for example, where afforestation leads to the establishment of monocultures or the introduction of exogenous trees, climate projects may have negative impacts on biodiversity. Neglecting the potential of biodiversity to increase ecosystem stability and to support sustainability can counteract the broader objectives and the effectiveness of climate change mitigation and adaptation projects.
The Knowledge Café provides a forum to discuss and explore approaches to better integrate biodiversity into climate change mitigation and adaptation projects. Special attention will be given to the role and content of biodiversity criteria to be developed and utilised in project application and implementation processes. Recommendations from the event will be communicated to inform UNFCCC and UNCBD negotiations.