Climate Change

Living Labs for Climate Change Dialogue

In this session we want to convene a group interested in establishing a network of Living Labs for Climate Change in order to promote cooperation among indigenous and traditional communities and mobilize the tools and support such a network. Please read on and if the idea of being involved in the development of a proposal to implement a network of Living Labs of Climate Change interests you or your organization please join us for a dialogue on moving a proposal forward.

The REDD HOT Gender Debate in the Just World Pavilion

Gender considerations are a central component that can determine the success of any forest initiative. Hence forth, when discussing REDD+ there is an urgent need to recognize that forest governance has two different, but complementary faces: those of women and men.

Although both are equal stakeholders with unique characteristics and differentiated needs, women’s voices in forest governance around the world are sorely lacking. If the role of women were to be considered, the livelihoods of societies dependent on the forests could be drastically improved.

Is REDD+ an opportunity for or a constraint for economic development in Central Africa?

REDD+ is a global phenomenon seeking to achieve reconciliation between economic growth and forest conservation and coincides with the ascendancy of devolved natural resources management policies, and creates opportunities for communities to be included in new, equitable and pro-poor approaches.

Yasuní-ITT Initiative: creating a new economic model

The Yasuní-ITT Initiative is a pioneer and a holistic proposal lead by the Government of Ecuador since 2007. Yasuní National Park, located in Ecuador´s Amazon rainforest, is on of the most important biodiversity hotspot in the planet, as well as home of indigenous cultures living in voluntary isolation. This presentation will explain the financial mechanism behind the Yasuní-ITT Initiative, which tends to indefinitely abstain from the extraction of millions of barrels of oil from the ITT field, preventing the emission of 407 million tonnes of carbon dioxide.

Strengthening Local Governance Systems, to improve Business Climate in the Mesoamerican Forest Sector

The forests of Mesoamerica impact on the quality of life, sustained economic growth and economic mobility of the rural poor and extremely poor populations. These ecosystems are also one of the main opportunities for climate change mitigation and adaptation, and comprise one of the most biodiversity-rich zones on the planet. However, the Mesoamerican region displays some of the highest deforestation and forest degradation rates in the world, coupled with the highest stratums of rural poverty and extreme poverty of the northern and central parts of the hemisphere.

Connecting people and sharing knowledge on Blue Carbon – the latest knowledge products and experiences from the field

This session will provide an opportunity for Blue Carbon stakeholders currently involved in Blue Carbon research, policy development and field implementation efforts to connect and exchange experiences and lessons-learned from their activities and projects. New products and activities from the partner organizations will be briefly introduced.
This session will also provide a platform for people and organizations new to Blue Carbon, to learn more, network and identify opportunities and contacts for future efforts.

What's the buzz? Uniting for Marine Adaptation

This is a creative, think-tank / dialogue styled event where community representatives, IUCN staff, conservation scientists, NGO people, researchers and government representatives get to share ideas with each other on what IUCN is, could and should be doing on adaptation in the coastal, marine and reef environment. The format is one-on-one exchanges and small group discussions, captured using meta-cards, and then a summary of the main themes emerging are captured on display panels.

Religious leaders: faith, ethics and human behaviour – the role of religion and values in conservation and climate advocacy

The challenges to the Earth, as a result of human behaviour, population growth, and distorted access to resources and wealth have never been so acute or troubling. scientists have been called on by the United Nations to explain the implications of our behaviour in terms of modelling climate changes, biodiversity loss and ecosystem degradation. Yet with this information, the UN system is unable to turn around the drivers behind these phenomena – drivers which are found within human will and intention.

A Dialogue Among Philanthropic Leaders on Emerging Environmental Trends

Organized together with the Consultative Group on Biological Diversity (CGBD), this session will gather the leaders of key environmental philanthropies from around the world to discuss how the foundations and philanthropists are viewing the threats and opportunities and the ways that they are planning to invest in sustaining global biodiversity and environmental services for human well-being.

Moderated by Lynn Lohr, Executive Director of the CGBD, confirmed speakers include:

Can natural water storage in the Himalayas address future needs in a changing climate?

Freshwater resources provided by the Hindu Kush-Himalayan mountains are a critical ecosystem service to more than 1.3 billion people in mountain and downstream areas, serving for various purposes such as hydropower, irrigation and human consumption. The resilience of freshwater provisioning, however, is highly at risk due to climatic and environmental changes. In this regard, innovative approaches and technologies are needed to enable upstream and downstream populations to better cope with the growing challenges. As the Himalayan environment provides water storage in various forms e.g.

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