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Nature-based Solutions and Multi-level Governance for Carbon-neutral and Resilient Cities and Regions – COP24 Side Event

Nature-based Solutions and Multi-level Governance for Carbon-neutral and Resilient Cities and Regions – COP24 Side Event

Timeloc
8 December 2018
Katowice
Poland
8 December 2018 – 12:30 – EU Pavilion, Room Brussels

On Saturday, 8 December 2018, Ecologic Institute will host a side event in the EU Pavilion at the COP24 in Katowice (Poland). In Cooperation with ICLEI Europe invited practitioners and experts will discuss the role nature-based solutions (NBS) and multi-level governance play in facilitating the transition of cities and regions to carbon-neutrality. The event is open to all accredited participants and delegates to the COP24.

Local and regional authorities play a decisive role in reaching the EU's long-term climate and energy targets. NBS can provide an integrated approach to climate change mitigation & adaptation in (peri-)urban areas, while simultaneously providing a range of co-benefits for sustainable development and societal well-being. Yet currently NBS are not being implemented to their full potential. The event will, therefore, discuss current efforts undertaken by local and regional authorities to develop, finance and implement ambitious integrated 2050 climate action plans, the role that NBS currently play in local and regional climate policy and action, as well as the need for effective multi-level governance approach, essential to mainstream NBS and attain EU's 2030 and mid-century climate targets.

The event will include two keynote addresses: by McKenna Davis, Fellow at Ecologic Institute and a representative from the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety. The keynotes will be followed by two discussion sessions. Local and regional government representatives from Poland, UK and Canada will share their current experiences in implementing climate-proofing policy instruments at local and regional level in a lively interview session. This will be followed by a panel discussion where invited experts will discuss opportunities at global, EU and national level to promote improved multi-level governance for nature-based solutions in climate and energy planning.

List of speakers:

Moderators: McKenna Davis - Ecologic Institute; Nikolai Jacobi – ICLEI Europe

1. Setting the Scene: Improving multi-level governance for climate action through  implementing nature-based solutions at national and EU level.

  • McKenna Davis – Fellow, Ecologic Institute (keynote address)
  • Norbert Gorißen, Deputy Director General, German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (BMU) (keynote address)

2. Interview session on stage: Current experiences in implementing climate-proofing policy instruments at local and regional level. Interviews with government representatives.

  • Joanna Kiernicka, Director of Climate and Nature Protection Office, Municipality of Wroclaw, PL
  • Andrzej Bobrowski, Chief Specialist in the Department of Agriculture and Rural Development of the Marshal Office of the Wielkopolska Region, PL
  • Andrew Cooper, Councillor, Kirkless Council, member of the Committee of the Regions (UK/EU)
  • Risa Smith, Co- Chair, IUCN, World Commission on Protected Areas Climate Change Specialist Group, British Colombia (Canada).

3. Panel discussion: Towards an improved multi-level governance for nature-based solutions in climate and energy planning - Opportunities at global, EU and national level.

  • Patrick Biard – Auvergne Rhône-Alpes Energy Environment Agency, Head European and International Affairs and Deputy Secretary general of FEDARENE (BE)
  • Marta Bystrowska, Chief Specialist, Ministry of Economic Development, Department for Development Strategy, Urban Policy Unit (PL)
  • Sandeep Sengupta – Global Coordinator, IUCN Climate Change Portfolio, Global Policy & Programme Group
  • Tomasz Bergier – Vice-President, Sendzimir Foundation (PL)

For further Information, do not hesitate to contact Ewa Iwaszuk.

The event is open to all accredited participants and delegates to the COP24. No prior registration is required.