COP13 news: Biodiversity and Climate Change Day

COP13 news: Biodiversity and Climate Change Day

7 December 2016
Mexico

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Panel (L-R): Marco Fritz, European Commission; Amita Prasad, Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change, India; Karin Zaunberger, European Commission; Tim Scott, UNDP; Martha Rojas-Urrego, Secretary-General, Ramsar Convention on Wetlands; Ratita Bebe, Ministry of Environment, Land and Agriculture Development, Kiribati; and Lyes Ferroukhi, UNDP

The theme for the Rio Conventions Pavilion (RCP) on Tuesday, 6 December, was Biodiversity and Climate Change. Presentations and discussions focused on biodiversity and climate change scenarios and the role of global management strategies. Participants considered opportunities for promoting ecosystem-based approaches to climate mitigation and adaptation in light of the Paris Agreement and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs); and ecosystem-based approaches to climate change adaptation and disaster risk reduction (DRR).

The event was organized by the CBD Secretariat, UNEP-World Conservation Monitoring Centre, BirdLife International, Conservation International, the Government of South Africa, Global Environment Facility (GEF), European Commission, Ramsar Convention Secretariat, IUCN, UNDP and GIZ.

In the afternoon session, representatives of the European Commission, UNDP, India Ministry of Environment, Kiribati Ministry of Environment  and Ramsar Secretary General Martha Rojas-Urrego discussed opportunities for promoting ecosystem-based approaches to climate mitigation and adaptation in light of the Paris Agreement, Sendai Framework for DRR and SDGs. Participants also discussed how ecosystem-based adaptation (EbA) investments can reduce DRR while catalyzing social, economic and environmental dividends, with case studies from India, Kiribati and Cuba.

The EbA Solutions Portal under the PANORAMA web-based knowledge-sharing platform was launched during the afternoon session, and the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity launched its Global Synthesis Report on Biodiversity and the Ecosystem Approach to Disaster Risk Reduction, “Helping Nature Help Us.”