Enhancing Resilience with Nature: Translating the Science and Practice of Ecosystem Restoration into Policy

Translating the science of resilience in landscapes into practice will demand working with stakeholders in demonstration projects to undertake joint learning on how to build resilience, what the barriers are and how to best communicate concepts and ideas on resilience. For a community, basin or nation, promoting resilience will mean identifying and implementing appropriate response actions, such as ecosystem restoration and disaster risk management that strengthen elements such as biodiversity, sustainable communities and landscapes, social learning and the self-organisation of institutions through planning and reform of governance. To articulate this need for action research, the workshop will be structured with three main components:

1. Systems knowledge: Expert reviews and conceptual frameworks will be presented on the theory of restoring degraded ecosystems and adaptive governance to enhance resilience in social-ecological systems including through evidence from the IUCN Water And Nature Initiative, Society for Ecological Restoration and Satoyama Initiative for how the different dimensions of change combine to influence outcomes for biodiversity, ecosystem services, and sustainable livelihoods.

2. Learning from practice: A set of real world case studies will illustrate how interventions in natural resource management influence the ways linked social-ecological systems change and use examples from ecosystem restoration projects and other demonstration sites around the world.

3. Policy discussion: A dialogue will be commenced on policy options that are consistent across multiple domains such as economy, food/water security, livelihoods, biodiversity, climate change, governance, conservation and restoration, equity, etc. and that will ultimately lead to recommending a decision-making architecture for building resilience to local and global changes.

Workshop Programme

Part 1: Systems Knowledge

'A Framework for Resilience in Practice: Applying System Knowledge from the IUCN Water And Nature Initiative' - Mark Smith, IUCN Global Water Programme

'Enhancing Resilience during Forest Restoration' - David Lamb, The Society for Ecological Restoration (SER) / IUCN Commission on Ecosystem Management (CEM)

'Resilience, a Determinant of Successful Socio-Ecological Production Systems in the Satoyama Initiative' - Dr. Kalemani Jo Mulongoy, IPSI Secretariat, United Nations University Institute of Advanced Studies (UNU-IAS)

Part 2: Learning from Practice

'Adaptive Governance Social, Ecological and Agricultural Resilience in the face of climate change (SEARCH)' - Amr Abdel Majeed, Centre for Environment and Development for the Arab Region and Europe (CEDARE)

'Participatory Ecological Restoration to Address Climate Change Impacts in the Chingaza Massif, Colombia' - Angela Andrade, Conservation International / IUCN CEM

'Green Reconstruction from Natural Disaster' - Hiroki Katsuragawa, Director, National Park Division, Nature Conservation Bureau, Ministry of the Environment, Government of Japan

Part 3: Policy Discussion

Moderator:
Bill Jackson, CEO Parks Victoria

Discussants:
Mark Smith, IUCN Global Water Programme
David Lamb, SER / IUCN CEM
Dr. Kalemani Jo Mulongoy, IPSI Secretariat, UNU-IAS
Mike Jones, Resilience Alliance 'Connector'
Johan Schaar, Co-Director, Vulnerability and Adaptation Initiative, WRI

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