Nov 23, 2019

Side Event: Achieving Biodiversity Targets through Nature-based Solutions for Disaster Risk Reduction and Adaptation

  • Montreal, Canada

Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) Subsidiary Body on Scientific, Technical and Technological Advice (SBSTTA) 23, Montreal, 26 November 2019

Side Event 3078: Achieving Biodiversity Targets through Nature-based Solutions for Disaster Risk Reduction and Adaptation

The side event took place through a series of presentations and interactive panel discussion which focused on: 1) the rationale for linking international commitments on Disaster Risk Reduction and Biodiversity; 2) role of ecosystems and NbS in disaster risk reduction and adaptation, based on country experiences and case examples; and 3) gaps in our knowledge and implementation capacities for promoting NbS and opportunities for collaboration.

Cordula Epple, UNEP-WCMC, moderated the side event. Table 1 lists the presentations and presenters.

Table 1: Presentations given by the panelists at the side event

Presentations Presenters
Welcome remarks and introduction to the session.


Neville Ash, Director of UNEP-WCMC



Achieving Biodiversity Targets Through Nature-based DRR and CCA Cordula Epple, Senior Programme Officer in the climate change and biodiversity programme, UNEP-WCMC
Nature-based Solutions IUCN Emily Goodwin, programme Assistant on Ecosystem-based Adaptation, IUCN
Nature-based Solutions and disaster risk reduction, Japan Makiko Yanagiya, Deputy Director, Biodiversity Strategic Division, Ministry of Environment, Government of Japan


Wetlands our natural safeguards against disasters Maria Rivera, Senior Advisor for the Americas, Ramsar Secretariat
Enhancing (disaster) resilience through ecosystem (mangrove) restoration Lucilla Minelli, Senior Advocacy Officer, Wetlands International
The role of forest ecosystems in disaster risk reduction, the case of Macaya Park, Haiti Louis Michelet, Director of the Biodiversity Division, Ministry of the Environment

 The interactive discussion, reflected on the following questions:

  • What is needed to advance integrated implementation of NbS?
  • How could the post 2020 global biodiversity framework help advance global efforts on DRR and CCA?
  • What opportunities exist for collaboration between biodiversity and disaster risk reduction communities that contribute towards integrated implementation of NbS?


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