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Co-organized with the LEG and FEBA, the side-event
Ecosystems & ecosystem-based adaptation: Advancing action through knowledge will be held during the Bonn climate change negotiations, on 15 May 2017.
Description

Healthy ecosystems play an essential role in helping people to adapt to climate change. They also increase resilience to climate change by: providing water, food, fuel and fiber; promoting soil formation and nutrient cycling; and providing recreational and spiritual services. Climate change, however, affects ecosystem functions, their ability to regulate water flows and cycle nutrients, and the essential foundation that they provide for peoples’ well-being and livelihoods. In context of NAPs, it is crucial to design adaptation options that strengthen the resilience of ecosystems, and to facilitate the integration of ecosystem-based adaptation (EbA) approaches in national development plans. The synthesis paper on ecosystems and EbA prepared under the NWP in collaboration with NWP partners, in particular, members of Friends of EbA (FEBA) highlights the importance of building climate resilience of ecosystems and design adaptation options that strengthen the resilience of ecosystems.

This Nairobi work programme (NWP) side event is jointly organized with the Least Developed Countries Expert Group (LEG) and members of FEBA.

The side event will focus on two topics: (a) building climate resilience of ecosystems; and (b) facilitating the integration of ecosystem-based adaptation approaches in national development plans.

The side event will build on the findings of the synthesis paper. In relation to the two topics, the side event will aim to cover following aspects:

•    Highlight developing countries’ priorities in terms of technical support in context of NAPs;

•    Showcase inspiring actions;

•    Discuss challenges and opportunities for providing technical support to developing countries, in particular the LDCs, in   formulating and implementing NAPs.

Agenda

Chair: Carlos Fuller, the Chair of the SBSTA
Facilitator: Musonda Mumba, Programme Officer, Ecosystem-based Adaptation Flagship Programme Coordinator, Climate Change Adaptation Unit, Ecosystems Division, United Nations Environment Programme




13:15-13:25

Opening remarks:

  • Carlos Fuller, the Chair of the SBSTA
  • Abias Huongo, the Chair of the LEG 
13:25-13:40

Framing presentations:
  • Ali Raza Rizvi, Programme Manager, Ecosystem Based Adaptation, Global Ecosystem Management Programme. IUCN/FEBA secretariat. Presentation of key messages from the synthesis paper prepared under the NWP.
  • Angela Andrade, Chair, Commission on Ecosystem Management. Ecosystem services, building climate resilience of ecosystems, and ecosystem based adaptation.
  • Abias Huongo, the Chair of the LEG. Priorities in terms of technical support for developing countries in context of NAPs.
​13:40-14:10 Showcasing inspiring actions:
  • Ronald Jean Jumeau, Ambassador of the Republic of Seychelles to the United Nations. Seychelles debt restructuring for marine conservation and climate adaptation.
  • Paul Mafabi, Director Environment Affairs, Ministry of Water and Environment, Uganda. Enhancing resilience of mountain ecosystems in Uganda.
  • Ninel Escobar Montecinos, Climate Change Adaptation Coordinator, WWF Mexico. Implementation of Integrated System of Water Reserves in Mexico as a National Early Adaptation Strategy.   
​14:10-14:45 Dialogue with participants - inspiring actions, challenges and opportunities for action in providing technical support to developing countries, in particular the LDCs
 

Practical Information

The side event will take place from 13:15 to 14:45, on Monday 15 May 2017, Room Bonn (181), at the World Conference Centre, in Bonn (Germany). The side event will also be webcast via: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U_CizIdqTaU
For more information, contact: nwp@unfccc.int