FRIDAY 13 NOVEMBER
This day is dedicated to the global perspective. International case studies will highlight the importance of the variety of blue forest ecosystems – mangroves and seagrass as tropical ecosystems, as well as salt marshes and kelp as temperate ones. The speakers will examine how these ecosystems support a sustainable blue economy, for example through livelihoods and food security benefitting local communities, but also carbon storage as a global benefit.
Following the case studies, a panel discussion will focus on how protecting and restoring these ecosystems can be ‘nature-based solutions’ to climate change, biodiversity conservation and health. Panelists will join us from Norway, Chile and UNEP Headquarters in Kenya.
09:50 – 10:00
10:45 – 10:55
Panel discussion: How protecting and restoring Blue Forests can be ‘nature-based solutions’ to climate change, biodiversity conservation and health
Moderator: Peter Haugan, Programme Director, IMR
– Takehiro Nakamura, Head of the Marine and Coastal Ecosystems Unit, UN Environment Programme
– Vidar Helgesen, Special Advisor, Norwegian Foreign Ministry
– Steven Lutz, Senior Programme Officer, Blue Carbon Lead, GRID-Arendal
Conclusions and wrap up
Moderated breakout rooms