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Information on The Nature Conservancy’s activities and experts available to assist the media.

Bonn, Germany


Adaptation under the global stocktake: the role of Adaptation Communication 
November 15, 10:00-13:00 – IUCN Pavilion
Joint side event with the government of Colombia taking a look at technical inputs for three components of adaptation in the Paris Agreement: transparency, report and the global stocktake. The event will present how the three components can be implemented on the ground, based on Colombia's experiences on Ecosystem-based Adaptation (EbA). 
Maria Margarita Gutiérrez Arias, Northern Andes & South Central America Conservation deputy director for The Nature Conservancy, will present. 

Higher Education’s Role in Driving Climate Action
November 15, 11:00-12:00 – IUCN Pavilion
A panel discussion with leaders from US States, the US education sector, and the Norwegian government, who will explore how actions at the sub-national level can support progress at the national and international levels. 

Toward safe, effective, and sustainable use of negative emissions approaches
November 15, 13:15-14:45 – Bonn Zone, Room 9
In addition to directly reducing emissions, Parties to the Paris Agreement may use negative emissions approaches to meet their goals. Experts discuss key policy issues related to enhancing carbon sinks and reservoirs while protecting food security and sustainable development. 
Deborah Bossiolead soil scientist for The Nature Conservancy, will present on this panel. 

Nature-based solutions for climate adaptation and mitigation: from policy to practice perspectives 
November 16, 13:15-14:45 – Meeting Room 9
The Paris agreement recognizes the role of nature-based solutions in mitigating and adapting to climate change. This side event will examine how that role can be achieved in policy and practice. Green infrastructure initiatives from Madagascar will be shared as national level experiences.
Bronson Griscom, Forest Carbon Science director for The Nature Conservancywill present. 

Climate adaptation and risk reduction: Increasing community resilience through nature-based solutions 

November 7, 16:30-18:00 – Germany Pavilion
Presentations and a dynamic panel discussion on the latest trends in nature-based solution policies and scalable ecosystem-based adaptation (EBA) tools. Government representatives from Micronesia Region and the Caribbean will participate in this event. Perspectives on EBA solutions supported by Germany and ongoing efforts for scaling those solutions up will be shared.
Michael Becklead marine scientist for The Nature Conservancy, will be presenting new scientific data on adaptation.

China Renewable Energy Development and Responses to Climate Change
November 9, 16:00-17:30 – China Corner
In 2015, China submitted its Intended Nationally Determined Contribution to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change secretariat.  China determined it would increase its share of non-fossil fuel energy sources to 20% by 2030.  In order to meet this target, China will need to invest in rapid and comprehensive development of renewable energy and leverage scientific and sustainable planning concepts over the next 20-30 years. This side event will introduce China's renewable energy development, new tools, practical experience, show their application progress in China and other developing nations.
Bruce McKenney,  Development by Design director for The Nature Conservancy, will present. 

Managing Terrestrial Carbon Sinks for Climate Change Mitigation
November 10, 18:00-19:30 – WWF Pavilion
A panel discussion to explore the full role of nature as a climate mitigation tool -- co-hosted by The Nature Conservancy, KfW, Forest Trends Association and WCS.
Panelist to be confirmed

Rebuilding Trust in REDD+
November 11, 15:45-16:45 – Fiji Pavilion
Forest conservation, and specifically REDD+, is one of the key approaches recognized as having transformative potential for both adaptation and mitigation under the Paris Agreement.  A new paper from PwC sets out a vision for rebuilding trust in REDD+ among investors. Based on interviews with REDD+ countries, donors, NGOs and private sector investors, it highlights recommendations for the convergence around of a common, credible and relevant REDD+ accounting system, building existing efforts to develop a system that can be relied on by investors. More information
Christopher Webb, senior climate policy advisor for The Nature Conservancy, will present. 

Setting the Scene | Paris Agreement: Unlocking the potential of forests to achieve a 1.5 degree and climate resilient world
November 12, 10:35-11:20 – Bonn Zone, meeting room 5
As part of the Marrakech Partnership for Global Climate Action – Forests Day sessionBronson Griscom, Forest Carbon Science director for The Nature Conservancy will present, “Nature based solutions for achieving the Paris Agreement and bridging the mitigation gap: An Analysis on Nature Climate Solutions”. 

Climate Smart Forestry
November 14, 15:00-18:00 – FCS Offices
A dialogue with leaders from tropical forest countries about lessons learnt from climate smart forestry as a tool to achieve their nationally determined contributions (NDCs). 

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Our science and policy experts are available for interviews and briefings:

Lynn Scarlett, global managing director, public policy
Justin Adams, global managing director, Lands
William McGoldrick, director, Global Climate Strategy
Andrew Deutz, director, International Government Relations
Kathy McLeod, managing director, Coastal Risk and Investment, Oceans
Bronson Griscom, director, forest carbon science
Laura Huffman, Texas State Director
Louis Blumberg, director, California climate change program 

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