One of the key themes for COP26, nature-based solutions are increasingly recognised by governments, business and civil society as having untapped potential to drive forward effective and cost-efficient climate action that enhances people’s lives around the world. From managing rainwater through green roofs and wetlands, to regenerative approaches to agriculture, to urban planning which prioritises green space, these types of solutions help to protect the environment, improve health and wellbeing, create jobs and increase food and water security, amongst other economic and social benefits. Many businesses are now seeing that nature-based solutions can help manage portfolios of land and infrastructure in a socially and environmentally positive way.
As governments around the world seek to invest in resilience to future shocks, some countries have demonstrated how nature can be a key element of a job-focused COVID-19 recovery strategy. Cities and local governments too, have opportunities to upgrade their infrastructure with nature and biodiversity at the core. Within this context how can business support nature-based solutions, whether through investment in restoration projects, job creation, or active supply chain management? What more can be done to scale and unlock the full effectiveness and efficiency gains of investing in nature?
Carlos Nobre is an Earth System scientist from Brazil. He graduated in Electronics Engineering from the Aeronautics Institute of Technology (ITA), Brazil, in 1974 and obtained a PhD in Meteorology from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), USA, in 1983. Presently, he is a Senior Researcher with University of São Paulo’s Institute for Advanced Studies, chair of the Brazilian Panel on Climate Change, and International Secretary of the American Geophysical Union (AGU). He is a former Science Director of the Research Project “National Institute of S&T for Climate Chante”. He is the creator of Brazil’s National Center for Monitoring and Alerts of Natural Disasters and of INPE’s Center for Earth System Science and was Director of INPE’s Center for Weather Forecasting and Climate Studies (CPTEC). Nobre’s work mostly focused on the Amazon and its impacts on the Earth system.
Atossa is the Founder and President of Amazon Watch, a nonprofit organization founded in 1996 to protect the rainforest and advance the rights of indigenous peoples of the Amazon Basin. Atossa served as Amazon Watch's first Executive Director for 18 years and continues to support the organization's mission as Board President. Currently Atossa is leading the development of an Amazon Watch and Pachamama Alliance joint-initiative to secure permanent protection for the most biodiverse rainforest in the world, a vast region on the Ecuador-Peru border in the headwaters of the Amazon River. Atossa has also been producing a feature-length documentary THE FLOW directed by Louis Fox, about the art of aligning with nature's way.
Eva leads Business for Nature, a global coalition aiming to unify the business voice to call for action to reverse nature loss and restore the planet’s vital natural systems on which economies, wellbeing and prosperity depend. Previously, Eva led multiple projects at the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD) for 15 years. This included leading work on natural, social and human capital measurement and valuation for business decision-making, towards integrated performance management, and ultimately reporting for investors. She led the development of the Natural Capital Protocol on behalf of the Natural Capital Coalition, as well as the establishment of the new Social & Human Capital Coalition. Eva is an ecology specialist having gained a BSc from Imperial College London, and a Masters in environmental management from EPFL, Switzerland.
Tom Domen graduated in 1996 with a Master in Industrial Design. In 2007, he completed a Master in Sustainable Development at the University of Brussels. With his Master on Sustainable Technology for Eastern Africa, he received the yearly Award for Innovative Technology from the Chamber of Engineers. He started working for Philips in packaging innovation after which he worked for 5 years as a marketing and communication specialist at Panasonic. Tom has been working for Ecover for 6 years, where he is responsible for the long term innovation and sustainability for the different categories of Ecover products (laundry, cleaning, dishwashing, home care and personal care). Tom is also a member of the board of Kringwinkel, a Belgian organisation that gives a second life to what otherwise would be waste.
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