Climate Change

Putting Natural Solutions to Work: Mainstreaming protected areas into climate change responses

This workshop will focus on mainstreaming the role of protected areas as an essential part of the global response to climate change. It will demonstrate how protected areas enhance ecological, social, and economic resilience to climate change, protect natural carbon reservoirs, and respond to national and local development needs such as water resources, disaster risk reduction, and coastal zone management.

Empowering rural stewardship to conserve biodiversity and enhance ecosystem services

Agricultural communities, the world over, are coping with change - in climate, governance, markets and costs. To adapt, many farmers (particularly smallholders) rely on natural resources and ecosystem services to help maintain their food production systems and livelihoods. Deriving key ecosystem services from native biodiversity, such as pest control, pollination, water retention, and soil improvement, farmers are better prepared to adapt to the changes they face while promoting biodiversity conservation.

Energy, Resource Competition and Resilient Ecosystems

In the coming decades the world will face tough challenges: rising demand for energy, water, and food, tightening energy supplies, growing impact of climate change, and continued loss of biodiversity. Awareness is growing that these issues are interlinked and that single-issue solutions are not sustainable.
A lot of work has been done on understanding the linkages between two systems, but little is known on the nexus between the three of them.

Tools and capacity building for addressing benefits and risks of REDD+ in Asia

This workshop session will provide an overview of capacity needs and tools for REDD+ in the Asia region, particularly in relation to the social and environmental benefits and risks of REDD+. Government representatives and forest professionals will present the most critical constraints of designing REDD+ policy goals and measures, from countries in Asia. This will be followed by introductions from the UN-REDD Programme on selected tools to address the risks and benefits of REDD+, and discussion of the initial experience of using these tools, including within UN-REDD countries.

The Art of implementation: Gender and Climate Change

For many years there has been the assumption that the negative impacts of climate change and the efforts to mitigate them have similar effects on both women and men. However, the world has progressively recognized that women and men experience climate change differently, and that gender inequalities worsen the coping capacity of women and societies as a whole.

Basic Forest Carbon Inventory and Accounting: Techniques and Tools

Developing valid and verifiable estimates of forest carbon stocks is a critical activity that enables participation in international reporting programs, emerging carbon credit trading markets, programs such as UN-REDD and REDD+, and a variety of other forest-based mitigation activities at scales from the community to the nation. There are several methods that can be used to develop estimates of forest carbon sequestration, depending on the spatial scale needed and the quality and quantity of available data.

Resilencia en las Áreas Protegidas deLatinoamérica: Soluciones naturales al cambio climático.

Los Servicios Nacionales de Áreas Protegidas que conforman la RedParques (19 países latinoamericanos) muestran las evidencias de la capacidad de resilencia de las áreas protegidas frente al cambio climático y cómo éstas son la solución natural la adaptación y mitigación de sus efectos.

Planning for ecosystem-based adaptation: coming to terms with a complex concept in a disparate world

Ecosystem-based adaptation (EBA) is quickly becoming a buzz-word in climate change and nature conservation policy arenas. Effective EBA programs and projects require a careful analysis of this complex concept, which attempts to link social systems and ecosystems in creating resilience to climate change impacts. For instance, an effective EBA program may require inter-sectorial coordination in traditionally antagonistic realms, such as agricultural extension and nature conservation.

The Biodiversity and Climate Imperative to Protect Primary Forests: Implications for Climate Policy

New research confirms the critical importance of keeping primary forests intact to maximize biodiversity and climate benefits. However, climate policy does not prioritize activities that protect primary tropical forests, such as conservation or community based forest management. Industrial logging continues to be promoted as a mitigation activity despite the fact that truly sustainable industrial logging in primary tropical forests is not economically viable.

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