China is arguably the most important country to addressing climate change. Its efforts at increasing low carbon technology and energy reductions targets are well known, yet China contains a less-often discussed feature that will help it both mitigate and adapt to a changing climate; its tremendously diverse ecosystems. In the face of unparalleled economic growth these ecosystems are increasingly vulnerable. At the same time, the existence of such a diverse ecological base means there is great potential to implement nature-based solutions for addressing climate change in China.
An essential component of China’s climate change adaptation strategy needs to be nature-based solutions in which the critical ecosystems that both mitigate the process of climate change and ameliorate its impact are protected and strengthened. The organizing members of the workshop (The Nature Conservancy, The Chinese Green Carbon Fund and The China Wildlife Conservation Association) are leaders in utilizing nature-based solutions to climate change in China and all three have played distinct, albeit related, roles therein.
Our goal for this knowledge café is not to simply exhibit our work, but allow participants engage with organizers and each other to get a clearer understanding of this emerging concept. Through this event, we hope to create a forum that facilitates the exchange of expertise/ideas for future projects on nature-based solutions to climate change.
The Nature Conservancy will present on ecosystem restoration techniques and work to strengthen key ecosystem services that will attenuate the impact of climate change. The Chinese Green Carbon Fund will discuss reforestation work for carbon sequestration, ecosystem service and livelihood enhancement, regional carbon accounting programs and related policy work. The China Wildlife Conservation Association will present on its work toward improving protected areas and species management in the face of a changing climate.