MEDIA ADVISORY COP22 Marrakech, 2016

If you are a representative of the press planning to attend or cover COP22, we would like to share useful information on The Nature Conservancy’s activities and experts available to assist you with your reporting needs.




Best Practices on Social Forestry November 9, 13:00-14:30 – Blue Zone, Indonesia Pavilion B Social Forestry is part of BFCP’s main strategies in the management of forest and other natural resources. Merabu is a model village in community-based natural resource management by applying an approach called “inspirational community actions to effect change” (SIGAP). This approach addresses the challenges villages face by helping to empower them to better protect and manage their forests and improve their livelihoods. Merabu will share its experience in managing forest sustainably and implementing green growth at site level. Speakers on this session include representatives from the Republic of Indonesia and local communities from Papua and Merabu.   Making Adaptation Effective Through Ecosystem-based Approaches to Climate Change November 9, 13:00-14:30 This side event will provide an overview of the opportunities and challenges Ecosystem-based Adaptation (EbA) offers.  Participants include the Government of the Republic of Honduras, the Government of the Republic of Seychelles, the German International climate Initiative (IKI), IUCN, RARE and The Nature Conservancy. Kathy McLeod, Director of Coastal Risk and Investment for The Nature Conservancy, will be presenting on TNC’s work in Grenada, Mexico and Florida, plus announcing our participation in the Insurance Development Forum (IDF). See official flier for additional information.   Ocean Forum: Examples of Successful Ecosystem-based Adaptation at Ocean and Climate November 11, 9:00-10:30 – Green Zone Kathy McLeod, Director of Coastal Risk and Investment for The Nature Conservancy, will be presenting successful cases.   Sub-National Climate Friendly Actions: Berau Forest Carbon Program November 11, 16:10-17:30 – Blue Zone, Indonesia Pavilion The Nature Conservancy and partners support the Berau District Government to implement the Berau Forest Carbon Program (BFCP). The Government of Berau envisioned the Berau District to become a model of low-carbon growth/development and sustainable natural resources management. The Mid-Term Development Plan 2016-2021 has just been completed and has mainstreamed BFCP into its plan. The Government of Berau will share its experience in implementing REDD+ demonstrative activities. The session includes presentations by the Reagent of Berau, the Governor of North Sumatera and the Head of Aceh Planning Agency.   Advances and lessons learned on climate change adaptation, including Ecosystem-Based Adaptation and vulnerability assessment November 11, 18:30-20:30 – Palm Plaza Hotel (room to be confirmed)  Colombia, as the second most biodiverse country in the world, has prioritized Ecosystem-based Adaptation (EbA) as one of three main pillars in its National Adaptation Plan. With support of U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and the International Climate Initiative (IKI) most recently, The Nature Conservancy has been promoting EbA in the floodplain areas of the Magdalena River Basin. Presentations will focus on accomplishments and lessons learned on climate change adaptation in Colombia, with special emphasis in the Ecosystem-Based Adaptation approach, including the use of science-based and economic tools, like Water Funds. Juanita González, Director of Climate Change for the Northern Andes and South Central America Region for The Nature Conservancy, will be moderating and presenting at this panel.     Experts   Our science and policy experts are available for interviews and briefings: • Lynn Scarlett, Global Managing Director for Public Policy and head of delegation • Andrew Deutz, Director of International Government Relations • Duncan Marsh, Director of International Climate Policy • Pipa Elias, Senior Policy Advisor • Kathy McLeod, Senior Marine Scientist  

Meet-and-greet with our appointed Chief Scientist, Hugh Possingham.  Interested journalists should contact us for more information.

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