Nature-based Solutions or Nature-based Excuses? | IUCN Global Youth Summit

Youth4Nature joined forces with the Global Youth Biodiversity Network and YOUNGO to put together this event, which served as a launching pad for our recently published Nature-based Solutions Information Brief, and for our upcoming Global Youth Consultation and Youth NbS Position statement. The event came in two sessions:

Session one profiled Y4N, GYBN, and YOUNGO’s co-authored information brief - an entirely by-youth, for-youth guide to all things Nature-based Solutions. Representatives from all three groups went through the highlights of the information brief, including both the opportunities that NbS presents and the risks of co-option and greenwashing, and answered questions from participants about some NbS basics. Session two took the form of a panel with NbS experts on all sides of the issue. Speakers included:

Beth Turner: Researcher, Nature-based Solutions Initiative
Evelyn Teh: Senior Researcher, Third World Network
Radhika Murti: Director, IUCN Global Ecosystem Management Programme
Simone Lovera: Executive Director, Global Forest Coalition

The panel was a dynamic debate that shed light on the controversies and potential of NbS in a nuanced and engaging way.

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