Network Nature Annual Event Semester on Ecosystem Restoration Achieving the European Green Deal through Nature-based Solutions 21st October 2021
It is our pleasure to promote the NetworkNature event Semester on Ecosystem Restoration Achieving the European Green Deal through Nature-based Solutions which will take place online on 21 October 2021. The event will focus on the Network Nature semester theme “Ecosystem restoration through nature-based solutions”, in line with current EU ambitions or achieving the European Green Deal and the start of the UN Decade on Ecosystem Restoration.
IFLA Europe is a member of Network Nature Stakeholder Advisory Board and was invited to participate as panelist in the session contributing to the panel: The way forward for the EU projects on NbS – opportunities for ecosystem restoration. IFLA Europe will be represented by Tony Williams, past IFLA Europe President and Chair of IFLA Europe Working Group on Climate Change.
Nature-based solutions, in Europe and beyond, are an integral part of restoration efforts and represent building blocks for a sustainable future, including in the field of health, agriculture, climate change and more. Joint action and local, regional and international cooperation are crucial to maximise the impact and uptake of nature-based solutions.
Healthy ecosystems support 55% of global GDP, and the conservation and sustainable use of biodiversity underpins sustainable development. Fostering nature-positive
economic activities, by supporting sectors, governments and businesses that commit to Nature-based Solutions (NbS) are the major focus of NetworkNature. Exchange of knowledge, capacity building and dialogue across stakeholders and sectors is key to developing joint action.
Recognising the potential of Nature-based Solutions to address environmental, societal and economic challenges has translated into an increasingly prominent
role in the EU policy and project landscape. The European Green Deal provides an opportunity to mobilise implementation, to increase financing, and to underline the role of NbS in restoring ecosystems within the post-2020 global biodiversity framework. The event will showcase the vision and added value of NetworkNature and the EU-funded Horizon 2020 Nature-based Solutions community of practice in achieving these objectives.
Aiming to create a space for dialogue for the Nature-based Solutions community and invite new and impactful actors, the event will gather stakeholders from all target groups, including policy makers, scientific experts, civil society as well as investors and financing institutions, infrastructure planners and builders, landowners and natural resource managers.
The parallel sessions in the afternoon will bring together a multi-disciplinary group of stakeholders to exchange on different themes and sectoral areas that can benefit from integrating NbS more effectively in policy and practice. The sessions will feature presentations, capacity building and idea sharing by the community of practice, and will build on the results of Horizon 2020 NbS projects. The aim of these sessions is to identify opportunities for strengthened engagements and partnerships for NbS and help in promoting the uptake of project results and to support Horizon 2020 NbS projects, as well as the Biodiversity Partnership and Horizon Europe Missions to integrate NbS for ecosystem restoration effectively in future plans and actions.
Registration: via Eventbrite https://www.eventbrite.ch/e/network-nature-annual-event-tickets-163358687231