Aga Khan Foundation / Alliance for Global Water Adaptation / Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit / Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development, Germany / HSBC / International Union for Conservation of Nature / Ramsar Convention on Wetlands / Wetlands International / Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust

Locking Carbon in a Water Vault: Wetlands as ecosystem-based mitigation

Thursday 29 August | 14.00-15.30 | Room: L11
Are wetlands a source of carbon or a carbon sink with hydrological connectivity? What could be their role in policy development around mitigation and sequestration? Why have wetlands been ignored in climate change policy at the national and international level when they are crucial to many people’s livelihoods and basic needs--especially of the rural poor--on a local level? How could wetlands be protected and promoted in NDC discussions and national GHG inventories and how could examples of wetlands work done locally, nationally, and internationally advance policy development that includes wetlands?

These are the types of questions addressed in this session that examines the work-to-date on wetlands, the state of both the science and policy, and credible examples of effective wetlands conservation and expansion. Through chats with experts and audience participation, discussions will include ways to protect and expand wetlands through national policies and the finance sector investments as well as local efforts. Everyone will be able to share their observations and provide examples and recommendations for how to bridge these gaps between local action on wetlands and climate change policy.

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


14:00 Welcome/Introduction to Wetlands & Climate Change Policy - a local-to-global perspective

14:05 Wetlands: Carbon Sink or Source?--A quick look at the science

14:15 Four case studies of wetlands management

14:40 Interactive discussion on needs and constraints in advancing wetlands for climate change mitigation, including Q&A 

15:20 Conclusion