Sustainability

Approaches to enhance social and gender equity and value indigenous knowledge through integrated ecosystem-based planning

Many studies have indicated that an ecosystem services concept is key to link the environment-development nexus and in particular that of biodiversity conservation with poverty alleviation. While remarkable research has been conducted on biodiversity protection, relevant findings and policy outcomes have not created significant impact on policy formulation and decision-making processes of development planning, mainly due to a lack of tools, models and methods for both decision-making and implementation.

High Seas Conservation: how can we manage our common oceans responsibly?

After years of discussion at the United Nations, many States are now calling for a new multilateral agreement for the conservation and sustainable use of marine biodiversity beyond national jurisdiction. Come get an update on threats to high seas biodiversity and gaps in governance, debate the advantages and disadvantages of a new legal agreement, contribute on ways to improve the effectiveness of existing agreements, and help plan a better future for our global ocean commons.

Island Leadership on Global Challenges

It is estimated that the world´s population will reach 9 billion by 2050. As a result countries are looking for innovative methods to develop the future in a green sustainable way, and address growing challenges related to safe drinking water, food security, and economic prosperity and solidarity. As island nations become more involved in the world economy and open their boarders for trade, fragile island ecosystems are being inundated by invasive alien species.

Using Ecosystems and Traditional Knowledge to Help People Adapt to Climate Change: Building the Evidence Base

Adaptation to climate change comprises a wide range of potential approaches. Proponents of ´ecosystem-based approaches to adaptation´ (EbA) suggest that the maintenance or restoration of natural ecosystems are among the cheapest, most effective, and most readily implemented solutions at our disposal to lessen the impacts of climate change on people. However, there remains a lack of solid evidence to support decision-makers in terms of the contexts in which EbA may be an optimal intervention.

Forest Partnerships, big and small, that really work!

Explore innovative forest partnerships, reflect on the trade-offs and challenges partnerships face, and work together to distill the ingredients for success together with the IUCN Forest Programme, the Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC), the International Model Forest Network (IMFN) and the Canadian Boreal Forest Agreement (CBFA). Simultaneous interpretation in French, Korean and Spanish will be provided.

Towards a global learning network on ecosystem services assessment, valuation and management

The aim of this workshop is to further develop, strengthen and formalize a global learning network on ecosystem services assessment, valuation and management, in order to accelerate global efforts to maintain and restore essential ecosystem services and the benefits they provide for human welfare.

Implementing the Ecosystem Approach to Water Resources Management: learning from scenarios for transboundary river basins

Protecting and adequately managing water resources is a cross-cutting issue relevant for environmental sustainability, climate change adaptation, sanitation, economy, socio-political interaction, livelihoods and human well-being. Unfortunately, such complex endeavor has proven to be easier said than done in most regions; situation that turns more complicated when considering the transboundary character of most freshwater ecosystems in the world. In a transboundary context, shared resources are subject to competition, different jurisdictions and contrasting interests.

Conserving biodiversity and sharing nature´s benefits: Virtual learning, technology, tools and species conservation

The Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Fauna and Flora (CITES) and the African-Eurasian Waterbird Agreement (AEWA) play important roles in international species management. This interactive session will introduce the CITES Virtual College (https://eva.unia.es/cites/) , consider sustainability assessments using pythons as an example and understand tools developed by UNEP-WCMC to streamline data collection and MEA reporting requirements with an example from AEWA.

Mainstreaming Environmental Sustainability, Disaster Risk Reduction and Climate Change

Dealing with the impacts of climate change and natural catastrophes is becoming an increasingly high priority for decision makers across the globe. The amount of global GDP exposed to harm by disasters had tripled from $525.7 billion 40 years ago to $1.58 trillion. Moreover, climate change is expected to increase the risk of disasters, and many of the predicted impacts of climate changes are identical to those being currently addressed by hazard managers, particularly in coastal areas and watercourses.

Sharing benefits and efforts from transboundary conservation

The workshop will present key achievements and approaches in transboundary conservation in order to enable discussion to help share knowledge, experience and solutions, and advance global transboundary conservation practice. The workshop will bring forward some of the most prominent transboundary initiatives and case studies such as the European Green Belt and Korean DMZ as a basis for an open and interactive dialogue on the current state and future prospects of transboundary conservation.

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