Nature and Climate Nexus Webinar Series: Promoting Nature-based Solutions for Sustainable Infrastructures in Asia and the Pacific

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Nature and Climate Nexus Webinar Series: Promoting Nature-based Solutions for Sustainable Infrastructures in Asia and the Pacific

15 September 2022 to 13 October 2022

Background 

Nature-based solutions (NbS) can help address challenges in climate change, disaster risk management, water security, biodiversity loss, and food security. These solutions protect, sustainably manage, and restore natural or modified ecosystems. NbS also address societal challenges effectively and adaptively, simultaneously benefiting people and nature (IUCN) 

 

NbS provides practical and cost-effective approaches for long-term sustainable infrastructure in a changing climate when integrated into traditional construction methods. Furthermore, NbS offer multiple advantages such as reduce project costs and prolong infrastructure lifespan. NbS also provide co-benefits to ecosystem services, biodiversity conservation, recreational opportunities, employment, and livelihoods.  

 

Applying NbS requires integrated planning and management that are evidence-based and for long-term sustainability. It must be guided by international, national, and local policy frameworks to reach its full potential. Despite the increasing recognition of NbS, there is still a need to provide practical knowledge on its implementation. These factors are just a few that hinder designing and implementing NbS. 

 

To address this knowledge gap, ADB is hosting the Nature and Climate Nexus Webinar Series: Promoting Nature-based Solutions for Sustainable Infrastructures in Asia and the Pacific. This webinar series will share the latest information and benefits from using NbS. The event will highlight the integration of NbS into investments for sustainability and resiliency. The webinars will feature lectures, trainings, and workshops based on the latest scientific knowledge, case studies and best practices on NbS for infrastructure projects. This webinar series is organized by ADB’s Environment Thematic Group in collaboration with other Sector and Thematic Groups as well as private, government and academic partners. 

 

Target Audience 

The event is designed for ADB officers and consultants, and decision-makers and stakeholders working on infrastructure development.  


Webinar 1: Nature-based Solutions for Climate Disaster Risk Management Lecture and Clinic 

 

This two-day webinar will provide the latest information on NbS. It will focus on weather-related disaster management such as flooding and drought and present specific examples to address relevant development issues. The NbS experts will also provide technical advisory services for improving project design with a combination of green and gray infrastructure. 

 

Day 1: 15 September 2022 / 2:004:00 pm, Philippine (GMT+8) Zoom / Lecture (open session) 

Click  here  to register for the NbS Lecture. 

 

Resource persons from Deltares and Witteveen+Bos will present the latest information on NbS as well as specific examples to address relevant development issues. The event will focus on weather-related disaster risk management such as flooding and drought. This will be followed by a panel discussion and an interactive Q&A session. The NbS Lecture is open to all. 

 

Day 2: 21 September 2022 / 2:00–4:00 pm, Philippine (GMT+8) Zoom / NbS Clinic

 

This will be a venue for NbS experts to give project officers technical advice to improve project design by integrating NbS with traditional gray infrastructure. Resource persons will discuss selected ADB pipeline projects with potential NbS components. Interested ADB project officers may email Isao Endo and Christine Linaza. 

 

Webinar 2: Putting Nature-based Solutions into Practice through Innovation 

13 October 2022 / 1:00 pm–2:00 pm, Philippine (GMT+8) / MS Teams 

 

This webinar will present case studies across Asia and the Pacific to illustrate the wide-ranging challenges for which nature can provide a pathway to innovative solutions. 

For more information: See Webinar 2 Flyer

 

Webinar 3: Nature Climate Solutions: Pathways for Nature-Positive Investment and Low Carbon Transformation 

TBD November 2022 / 1:00–2:00 pmPhilippine (GMT+8) / Zoom 

Click here to register for Webinar 3: to update 

 

This webinar will highlight the current progress and challenges of NbS practice. Speakers will also discuss the role of NbS in contributing to the climate and nature crises. 

 

Webinar 4: Ecosystem Restoration through Nature-based Solutions 

TBD December 2022 / 1:00–2:00 pmPhilippine (GMT+8) / Zoom 

Click here to register for Webinar 4: to update 

 

This session will present the best practices and case studies on applying NbS in for ecosystem restoration.  

 

Program and Learning Materials

  • 15 and 21 September 2022
  • 13 October 2022
  • November 2022 (TBD) Materials will be uploaded once available
  • December 2022 (TBD) Materials will be uploaded once available
Program and Learning Materials: 
Date Session / Activity Presentation Material Speaker(s)
15 Sep 2022 15 Sep and 21 Sep 2022 Webinar 1: Nature-based Solutions for Climate Disaster Risk Management Lecture and Clinic
15 Sep 2022 More information can be found here.
Date Session / Activity Presentation Material Speaker(s)
13 Oct 2022 Webinar 2: Putting Nature-based Solutions into Practice through Innovation
13 Oct 2022 Moderator Isao Endo
13 Oct 2022 Opening Remarks Tony McDonald
13 Oct 2022 Presentation Putting Nature-based Solutions into Practice through Innovation Simon Tilleard
Nick Schofield
13 Oct 2022 Reflections and Commentary Qingfeng Zhang (TBC)
13 Oct 2022 Q&A and Open Discussion

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