“Nature-based solutions” (NbS) are increasingly touted as a solution to the intertwined climate and biodiversity crises. In the lead-up to COP26 in November, countries are increasingly focusing on the role that NbS can play in national commitments for mitigating the effects of climate change. However, with the term NbS defined variably and used loosely by a range of different actors for various objectives, the concept of NbS has escaped the lab.

How should policymakers, researchers, the private sector and implementing organizations think about NbS as a potential climate solution for reducing emissions and increasing carbon storage, maintaining the ecological integrity of tropical rainforests and other critical natural ecosystems, and respecting the rights and livelihoods of Indigenous Peoples and local communities? Where does NbS sit in relation to other urgently needed climate actions? How can we learn from past mistakes and build on the latest science to do better?

Join global experts from WRI, Rainforest Foundation UK, and partners for a series of two webinars to discuss NbS.

The first webinar will focus on understanding the scope, science, and politics of the NbS discourse in the international arena and propose ways forward. The second webinar will explore the real-world challenges of implementing NbS on the ground and its implications for local and indigenous communities, drawing on lessons learned from other international policy processes such as REDD+.

All registrants will receive a copy of the webinar recordings even if they cannot join live.

This event will be available in English, French, and Spanish.

Cet événement sera disponible en anglais, français et espagnol.

Este evento estará disponible en inglés, francés y español.

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Webinar 1: Nature-based solutions: Understanding the lay of the land

May 10, 2021 - 9:00-10:30 AM EDT / 2:00-3:30 PM BST



  • Charles Barber, Senior Biodiversity Advisor, World Resources Institute
  • Lucy Almond, Director and Chair, Nature4Climate
  • Frances Seymour, Distinguished Senior Fellow, World Resources Institute

Webinar 2: New era or false dawn? What nature-based solutions could mean for Indigenous Peoples and local communities

May 17, 2021 - 9:00-10:30 AM EDT / 2:00-3:30 PM BST



  • Joe Eisen, Executive Director, Rainforest Foundation UK
  • Blaise Mudodosi, Coordinator, Action pour la promotion et protection des peoples et espèces menacés (APEM), DR Congo
  • Ruth Buendia, Vice President, Central Asháninka del Río Ene (CARE), Peru
  • Alain Frechette, PhD, Director, Strategic Analysis and Global Engagement, Rights and Resources Initiative