Climate Adaptation Summit Side Event Highlights Nature-based Solutions
25–26 January 2021
13:00 p.m.–22:00 p.m. (CET +1) / 20:00 p.m.–5:00 a.m. MANILA
Anchoring on the pivotal role that Nature-based Solutions (NBS) could play in post-pandemic recovery in ADB’s developing member countries (DMCs), the ADB Urban Sector Group (USG) and the Climate Change and Disaster Risk Management Thematic Group (CCDRM TG) through the Urban Climate Change Resilience Trust Fund (UCCRTF) is hosting a side event at the Climate Adaptation Summit (CAS) 2021 on opportunities and challenges when blending gray and green infrastructure. The project cases to be presented and panel discussion will tackle proof of concept, financing and impacts.
COVID-19 recovery efforts and government resources in DMCs could accelerate actions against climate change risks and deliver health and livelihood benefits to the most vulnerable. Even before the COVID-19 pandemic, the world was already facing a climate emergency forecasted to push an additional 100 million people into poverty by 2030.
This side event, streamed via CAS website and YouTube Channel, imparts stories and insights on NBS entry points and barriers in developing countries. The side event will discuss the need for a green recovery through NBS amidst the COVID-19 pandemic.
NBS practitioners from the UCCRTF, Water Sector Group of the Asian Development Bank, EcoShape, Global Resilience Partnership, Monash University, One Architecture and Wetlands International will take the participants on an “NBS at a scale” journey.
The United Kingdom’s COP 26 Regional Ambassador to Asia-Pacific and South Asia, Ken O’Flaherty, will share an inspirational message to encourage partnerships that could ensure how the Adaptation Action Agenda and post-pandemic recovery integrate NBS such as landscape restoration and green public spaces to benefit the most vulnerable.
The CAS Library also hosts the following UCCRTF project documents:
Hosted by the Netherlands government in collaboration with the Global Center on Adaptation, the virtual CAS 2021 aims to accelerate, innovate, and scale up the world’s efforts in adapting to the inevitable effects of climate change. From 25-26 January, participants from governments, non-government organizations, academe, science community, and other relevant sectors will be able to participate in various CAS 2021 events streamed from time zones across the globe.
NBS Side Event Preview
NBS Side Event (Full Video)