6th July, 14:00 - 16:00 BST - Natural History Museum (NHM) Lecture Theatre
Convenors
NbSI and UN Environment Programme World Conservation Monitoring Centre (UNEP-WCMC)

5A. Understanding and ensuring positive outcomes for biodiversity and ecosystem health of NbS for climate change mitigation and adaptation

Nature-based solutions should by definition support biodiversity. However, not all projects badged as NbS have been shown to achieve this in practice. Badly designed projects might fail to deliver the intended benefits or could even harm biodiversity and compromise ecosystem integrity and resilience. There are some concerns that the use of ‘net gain’ for biodiversity in the IUCN standard risks use of biodiversity offsetting to meet this criterion. In this session, we will explore the ways in which research, practice and policy communities should work together to improve the design, monitoring and management of NbS so that they deliver clear benefits for biodiversity and ecosystem health alongside climate goals. We will present work on mapping and monitoring biodiversity and carbon at appropriate scales; measuring ecosystem health outcomes of NbS; priority restoration areas that can maximize biodiversity and climate goals; and building robust biodiversity-based metrics for channeling finance to good NbS projects.

Speakers

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    Valerie Kapos

    Head of Nature-based Solutions at UNEP-WCMC

    Valerie Kapos is Head of Nature-based Solutions at the UN Environment Programme World Conservation Monitoring Centre in Cambridge, UK. She leads the Centre’s work on the impacts of climate change on biodiversity and the role of ecosystems in climate change adaptation and mitigation, and in health and well-being. She has worked extensively on incorporating ecosystem services and their importance for mitigation and adaptation into conservation planning and implementation, and on ways of ensuring that mitigation and adaptation efforts yield benefits for biodiversity in the context of global change. Valerie holds a PhD in tropical forest ecology and has nearly two decades of field research and other experience in Latin America and the Caribbean.

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    Robin Chazdon

    Professor, Tropical Forest Restoration, University of the Sunshine Coast, Queensland
    Achieving joint benefits from nature-based solutions

    Robin Chazdon is Professor Emerita in the Ecology and Evolutionary Biology Department at the University of Connecticut and Research Professor with the Forest Research Institute at the University of the Sunshine Coast in Queensland, Australia. Her research focuses on spontaneous and assisted natural regeneration. She is a Senior Fellow with the World Resources Institute’s Global Restoration Initiative and an active member of the FAO Task Force on Best Practices for the UN Decade on Ecosystem Restoration.

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    Ceilia Harvey

    Ecosystem-based Adaptation Specialist at UN Environment Programme
    Harnessing nature for climate resilience: scaling up the use of Ecosystem-based Adaptation

    Dr. Celia A. Harvey is a Conservation Biologist with >20 years of experience mobilizing science to inform conservation policy and practice in the tropics. Her professional experience includes working as International Consultant on nature-based solutions to climate change (current), as Vice President of Climate Change Solutions at Conservation International, and as Professor of Tropical Agroforestry at CATIE. She has published widely on ecosystem-based adaptation, biodiversity conservation, smallholder farming systems and sustainable landscape management.

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    Tom Finch

    Conservation Scientist at the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds
    Can we deliver in the UK for biodiversity, food and net zero? RSPB’s Land Use Scenarios

    Tom Finch is a Conservation Scientist at the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB).The RSPB is the UK’s largest nature conservation charity, managing 1,588 km2 of land and leading landscape-scale multi-partner initiatives. Our conservation action and policy and advocacy to tackle the dual nature and climate crises is underpinned by the work of our Centre for Conservation Science. Tom Finch specialises in modelling the consequences of alternative land use futures, and is the scientific lead on the RSPB’s Land Use Scenarios Project.

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    Lian Pin Koh

    Chair Professor of Conservation, National University of Singapore
    The potential scale and benefits of nature-based climate solutions

    Lian Pin Koh is Chair Professor of Conservation at the National University of Singapore. He is also the Vice Dean of Research, Director of the Centre for Nature-based Climate Solutions, and Director of the Tropical Marine Science Institute at NUS. Lian Pin’s research seeks to produce policy-relevant science on nature-based climate solutions, to address knowledge gaps, build capacity and deliver pragmatic solutions and innovations to inform climate policies, strategies and actions.

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    Isabel Key

    Doctoral Researcher at the University of Edinburgh
    NbS can help adapt to climate change and support ecosystem health: what's the evidence?

    Isabel Key is ecologist interested in the ecosystem functioning and services of temperate seagrass meadows. For her PhD, she is investigating the biodiversity of seagrass meadows in Scotland, looking across trophic levels and bridging marine and terrestrial realms. Through her research, she aims to better inform and motivate the restoration and protection of seagrass meadows that support biodiversity, alongside providing climate change mitigation and adaptation benefits. Prior to starting her PhD, she worked as a researcher and coordinator at the Nature-based Solutions Initiative, where her major focus was synthesising evidence on the biodiversity outcomes of nature-based solutions. She holds an undergraduate degree in Natural Sciences from the University of Cambridge, specialising in evolution, ecology and conservation.

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    Samantha Lacey

    Business Development Director for NatureMetrics
    Outcomes, ground truthing and big data – how eDNA can help us to measure our true impact on biodiversity

    Sam oversees NatureMetrics’ work with Finance, Conservation and Nature Based Climate Solutions clients. Her team support private, civil society, and public actors to understand their impacts on biodiversity using environmental DNA. She joined NatureMetrics because she believes eDNA can revolutionise the way society measures, and hence manages, biodiversity. Sam is a responsible investment leader with 16 years’ experience influencing change and building ESG management systems in a wide range of businesses and investors. She completed her PhD in microbial genetics at Imperial College London.