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Evaluating Nature Based Solutions

Following the 2015 Paris Climate Agreement, interest in Nature-Based Solutions at the project, policy and program levels has increased. IUCN defines Nature-Based Solutions as “actions to protect, sustainably manage, and restore natural or modified ecosystems, that address societal challenges effectively and adaptively, simultaneously providing human well-being and biodiversity benefits.”

Nature-Based Solutions (NBS) are one important means to help advance the construction of an Ecological Civilization: recent evidence emphasizes the importance of NBS as a means or process to realize multiple environmental, economic and social benefits. Accordingly, while Nature-Based Solutions can advance important ecological conservation, climate mitigation and climate adaptation outcomes, they also have broader links to several Sustainable Development Goals, including poverty alleviation, employment, oceans and freshwater protection, thus underscoring the importance of CCICED taking a holistic and comprehensive approach.

The High-Level Panel on Sustainable Oceans Economy provides one example of sub-themes related to an encompassing NBS approach, while the IUCN diagram endeavours to illustrate the dynamic nature of NBS linkages:

The 2020-2021 CCICED Work-Plan established a Nature-Based Solutions sub-group, comprised of Chinese and international experts. The sub-group will work closely with ongoing CCICED Special Policy Studies, in particular the SPSs on climate, biodiversity and oceans.

Task Force: Green Urbanization and Environment Improvement Topic: Nature-based Solutions Year: 2021 Phase: Phase VI (2017-2021) Active

Evaluating Nature Based Solutions

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