Climate Water

COP26: Scaling up Nature-based Solutions for Adaptation to Climate Change

Glasgow / Virtual

November 4, 15:30 – 17:00 GMT / 11:30 – 13:00 EDT
Water & Climate Pavilion (Blue Zone) | Watch it here

Convenors: FWP, IUCN, OIEau, INBO, UNECE, The Flow Partnership, Shanghai Urban Construction Design and Research Institute (SUCDRI), Frank Water; Arup, Forest Trends, Reconstrucción Con Cambios Authority (Peru), USAID Peru, Canadian Embassy Peru
Climate change primarily affects water with unpredictable rainfall patterns, aquatic ecosystems degradation, altered river flows, sea level rise-induced salinization of coastal groundwater, more frequent and intense floods and droughts. Water-related disasters represent about 90% of all natural disasters. Nature-based Solutions (NbS) are effective no-regret measures that can help address this challenge of climate change adaptation. Now that the IUCN global standard for Nature-based Solution has been made public, this session will present case studies of Nature-based Solutions that were implemented because of their climate change adaptation benefits.

Master of ceremony

  • James Dalton, Director of the Global Water Programme, International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN)


  • Eric Tardieu, Director General, International Office for Water (OIEau)
  • Gena Gammie, Deputy Chief of Party, Natural Infrastructure for Water Security, Forest Trends, Peru
  • Thierry-Emmanuel Ratovoniaina, Technical Director General, Ministry of Water, Sanitation and Hygiene, Madagascar
  • Tamara Kutonova, Regional Coordinator,  GEF Project in the transboundary river basin of the Dniester, Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE)
  • Louise Bingham, Environmental Consultant, Arup
  • David Hetherington, Associate, Arup