As per the Global Assessment Report on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services by Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES), 2019, on an average, natural ecosystems have declined by 47% from their initial estimated states. Three-quarters of land-based environments and about 66% of marine environments have undergone considerable changes due to anthropogenic activities.
In the anthropocentric discourse of climate action, biodiversity and nature have often been overlooked. However, it is crucial to acknowledge that climate action and nature are interconnected and cannot be treated in silos. Climate change poses a serious threat to intricate ecosystems and the vital services they offer to both flora and fauna, as well as local communities. In the face of the triple planetary crisis of climate change, pollution, and biodiversity loss, preserving ecosystems is crucial.
Nature-based solutions offer valuable contributions to climate resilience by mitigating the impacts of natural disasters such as landslides, soil erosion, and floods. This approach showcases the multifaceted advantages of nature-based solutions. By engaging local communities and using their indigenous knowledge, climate goals can become achievable to ensure a more sustainable and equitable future for all.
This session aims to discuss the challenges and actionable solutions involving complex issues related to nature and ecosystems, such as data and interface between fragile ecosystems and socio-economic and governance dynamics.
The umbrella question for this session is: What type of integrated approaches are needed for protecting nature and ecosystems while ensuring that no one is left behind?
The duration of the session is 60 minutes. The addresses should be in the form of verbal interventions only. The format of the session does not allow the use of PowerPoint presentations. The chair/moderator must ensure that panellists adhere to their respective allotted time, for which there will be a timer/buzzer.