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SPS 2: Value Assessment of Nature Based Solutions

Value Assessment of Nature-Based Solutions (NbS) should examine key issues arising from COP 15 and COP 26 of relevance to NbS, including how NBS contributes to green development, climate adaptation, ecosystem stewardship, and habitat restoration, carbon sequestration, and other outcomes. The Chief Advisors suggest the following issues that the SPS may wish to consider in its work:

  • NbS design and implementation features, building upon the IUCN Global Standard for Nature-based Solutions, along with consideration, for other relevant existing standards, safeguards, and due-diligence procedures. Given the potentially vast level of detail across different NbS projects, this assessment will focus on identifying and synthesizing the main types, planning and implementation features and principles of NbS;
  • In support of design and implementation, CCICED to pilot an NbS database portal of leading NbS case studies, with clear criteria and technical
    information to guide future NbS. The 8 criteria of the IUCN Global Standard for Nature-based Solutions could be used as a common framework to assess the case studies. This would allow the database portal to build on, expand from, and as appropriate incorporate several well-documented case studies that already exist. We suggest that the pilot NbS database identifies and reviews existing evidence broadly and selects cases to represent the seven established categories of societal challenges with (at least 2-3 cases per category type) and comes up with the key features for each case. The cases may come from China or elsewhere. The database should also help provide general technical routes for the implementation of NbS, including ① assessment methods for the baseline environmental conditions before construction, ② planning and technical essentials to NBS during construction, and ③ evaluation methods for multiple socioeconomic benefits (and costs) of
    NbS after construction.
  • Synergy between nature and carbon, such as how NbS could help China operationalize COP26 outcomes, or how it contributes to China’s carbon neutrality pathway and other economic, social, and environmental goals.

Track 2 dialogues can include opportunities for conservation and climate finance to advance NbS business plans and scale implementation.

Task Force: Global Governance and Ecological Civilization Topic: - Year: 2021 Phase: Phase VI (2017-2021) Active