BirdLife International , VertigoLab ans Wetland-based Solutions invites you to theirs series of webinars “The economics of Nature-based Solutions: opportunities for the Mediterranean coastal wetlands” will take place on Thursday December 2nd, 2021 at 2PM CET time
theseare organized with theWith the financial support of : MAVA webinars
Coastal wetlands provide a range of benefits, namely ecosystem services, to our daily lives and protect biodiversity. For example, they enable fish and salt production, support bird habitats, and contribute to improve water and soil quality and to capture and sequester carbon. Yet, they remain largely misunderstood, especially when it comes to their contribution to local economies and social development.
With the new targets currently being defined at global level such as the Sustainable Development Goals, the Aichi targets, the EU Green Deal as well as the new post-2020 agenda of the CBD, governments will be urged to apply measures that recreate resilience and increase benefits to people.
In this context, Nature-based Solutions (NbS) in coastal wetlands offer a perfect example of economic development based on natural resources which can be preserved in the long term. Those NbS are multi-functional solutions that could help answer a great number of challenges related to climate change, biodiversity loss and the need to maintain natural benefits to people. Still, today, no common framework exists to highlight and assess the multiple interests of such solutions.
WHY THESE WEBINARS
Deciding to restore is not sufficient, and with the upcoming global conservation strategy, there is a crucial need to demonstrate:
the impacts of restoration versus any man-made solution, or, business-as-usual scenario;
the opportunity created by healthy coastal wetlands at the economic, social and cultural levels
In order to help coastal wetland managers, practitioners and decision-makers to understand and implement solutions where nature and socio-economic aspects can live in harmony, we are organising a series of webinars between this autumn and next spring, at the following dates:
> Thursday December 2nd, 2021 – 14.00pm to 16:30pm CET
This first webinar will introduce the concept of NbS and ecosystem services, and the purpose of assessing the economics of those solutions through cost-benefit analysis.
> Tuesday February 22nd, 2022 – 14.00pm to 17:00pm CET
This second webinar will detail the methodology to perform a cost-benefit analysis.
> Tuesday May 3rd, 2022 – 14.00pm to 16:00pm CET
This third webinar will summarise the first two webinars and offer the means for policy decision-makers and businesses to communicate about the results of cost-benefit analysis led on NbS.
Note: These webinars are interactive and you will be able to share your experience.
OBJECTIVES AND METHODOLOGY
The webinars will be based on pragmatic approaches and concrete examples to provide you with the right tools that will help you to:
Integrate Nature-based Solutions, based on cost-benefit analysis, in your management plans and land use planning;
Connect and build dialogues between the different local actors and sectors that take into account needs and benefits for all;
(Re-)Create a sustainable balance between human needs and natural resources availabilities in your country/region.
WHAT THESE WEBINARS WILL BRING YOU
A background on Nature-based Solutions and ecosystem services, with a clear understanding of the economics of NbS in the Mediterranean.
The tools to understand and run a cost-benefit analysis under different scenarios.
Guidelines for conservation practitioners in the Mediterranean.
Tools to convince decision-makers and inform policy on the importance to restore and preserve wetlands through a Nature-based Solution approach.
Webinar 1 > Thursday December 2nd, 2021
Webinar 2 > Tuesday February 22nd, 2022
Webinar 3 > Tuesday May 3rd, 2022
You can register separately to each webinar.
Deadlines to register to each webinar:
Webinar 1> by Friday 28th of November 2021
Webinar 2> by Friday 18th of February 2022
Webinar 3> by Friday 29th of April 2022
This series of webinars will be held in English and is free of charge.
These webinars will take place on Zoom. Please make sure you have installed the desktop or mobile app beforehand to participate.
Please note: this event will be recorded. All participants agree to the possibility of appearing on these recordings by virtue of attending the event. You will be muted when joining the webinar, and we ask the participants to keep this setting until the ‘Discussion’ part of the webinar for which you will be invited to unmute yourself.