Danone / Forest Trends / Ramsar Convention on Wetlands / The Nature Conservancy / UNGC CEO Water Mandate

Nature-based Solutions for Better Climate Resilience: Business Practice and Solutions

Sunday 26 August | 11.00-12.30 | Room: L12
The Nature Conservancy

Climate change has exacerbated hurricanes and floods, droughts and famine. Current events have exposed our vulnerability to climate change and its impact on water variability. Businesses are affected by climate change through water risk to their operations and supply chains.

Climate change has direct links to human health risks. Human well-being depends on how we manage and protect the natural systems around us. There is a need to manage risk and build resilience through well managed ecosystems to reduce the impacts of climate change and human health risks.

Demographic growth is putting more pressure on land-use intensive models of agriculture. Therefore, it is crucial to tackle soil health to maximize carbon sequestration and water retention to support the resilience of farmers to climate change.

The local context of water is pushing for integrated management of ecosystems where all the actors and communities identify nature-based solutions, such as market-based solutions for wetlands in carbon sequestration, and understanding its environmental and social impacts, including health impacts.

This session will convene businesses, governments, and civil society to discuss how investments in watersheds taking into account multiple benefits can support and scale corporate action taking in account the local water context.

Gold standard events are committed to ensure the gender balance in speakers/panellists and young professional representation in the session.



Jay Aldous, Director Resources Mobilization and Outreach, Ramsar

11:00 am: Welcome and Introduction

• Jason Morrison, President, Pacific Institute, Head, UN Global Compact CEO Water Mandate 

11:10 am: What are the Multiple Benefits of Nature-Based Solutions and How Can These Solutions be Scaled?  

• Martha Rojas Urrego, Secretary General, Ramsar Convention on Wetlands

• Andrea Erikson, Managing Director, Water Security, The Nature Conservancy

• Eric Soubeiran, Global Nature, Climate & Water Cycle, Director, Danone

11:40 am: Responses from the Floor: Perspectives on the Approach Presented

• Jan Cassin, Director, Water Initiative, Forest Trends

• Robin Abell, Freshwater Lead, Conservation International

• Oonagh McArdle, EMEAI Sustainability Leader, The Dow Chemical Company

12:05 pm: Open Discussion with the Audience

12:20-12:30 pm: Wrap up and Next steps