Scene Setter for Coastal Resilience
Coastal Resilience. Massive investment at scale is needed in both nature and transformational adaptation to build the resilience of Asia and the Pacific’s critical coastal and marine ecosystems, communities, cities, and island nations to climate and disaster-related shocks and stresses. Nature-based solutions such as the protection and restoration of coral reefs, mangrove forests, wetlands, and sandy beaches, enhance ecosystem resilience and the protection of coastal cities and communities while providing multiple economic, societal, and climate mitigation co-benefits. The coastal resilience thematic track aimed to: (i) enhance knowledge of how nature-based solutions can increase the protection of coastal communities while maximizing co-benefits; (ii) highlight the critical role of women in community development and leadership, and of extensive community and multi-stakeholder engagement; (iii) showcase emerging data and mapping tools that can transform the planning and prioritization of interventions; and (iv) share insights on success factors and lessons learned from many practical case studies.