CHINAR, a Himalayan Based NGO along with Global Foundation organized yet another important Web-Dialogue, focusing on -Nature based Solutions to fight Climate Change in the Urban context.
Changing climate is one of the pressing environmental challenges of our times, to be able to overcome the ill-impacts of climatic change, a host of mitigation and adaptation measures are being positioned world-wide. To discuss nature-based solutions to counter impact of climate change in urban areas, a galaxy of subject matter experts and practitioners were invited.
The session was facilitated by environmentalists duo, Dr Pranab J Patar and Dr Pradeep Mehta.
According to IUCN, Nature-based Solutions (NbS) are “actions to protect, sustainably manage, and restore natural or modified ecosystems, that address societal challenges effectively and adaptively, simultaneously providing human well-being and biodiversity benefits”.
These are the kind of solutions we need now to tackle the ill-impacts of climate change. In fact, Nature-based Solutions (NbS) has already become the latest buzzword in the field of environment.
While speaking at the session Prof. Monowar Alam Khalid, who is the Professor & Head, Department of Environmental Science at Integral University, Lucknow emphasized that the changing climate is actually creating a lot of opportunities. He highlighted the importance of integrating smart environmental solutions in the smart cities programme. While sharing his experience on clean development mechanism, he advocated for technology-based solutions as it also helps in undertaking climate change adaptation locally.
Another panelist – Manisha Choudhary, who is a Project Officer at UNDP India spoke on the importance of National Biodiversity Action Plan and how UNDP is working with Government of India on this. She narrated how the biodiversity and ecosystem services add tremendous societal and economic value, which is worth trillions. She sounded contended with the progress taking place on ground and explained the significance of mainstreaming Nature based Solutions to push the overall conservation agenda forward.
Aditya Pundir, Country Manager for The Climate Reality Project India founded by former American Vice President Al Gore spoke on length about the grave challenges such as extreme weather event paused by the climate change. As a solution to these problems, he emphasized on emission control measures such as afforestation, restoration water bodies, regenerative agriculture. He advised, we will have to value and assess various eco-system services to overcome any crisis like situation going forward, he said it is estimated that Covid-19 pandemic has led to about 10% GDP loss globally, and if we don’t have enough nature based safeguards, this may become even more complicated as more such pandemic like crisis are anticipated in the near future due to climate change.
Shweta Naik, who’s the Country Coordinator for Jane Goodall’s Roots & Shoots Program in India, she spoke about our consumption pattern and the responsibility of each of us to take to overcome climate related challenges. She said, it is just about a choice – we will only reap what we sow, no more no less. We just can’t run away from our individual as well collective responsibilities. She’s hopefully that young India will turn things around in a positive way.
Approximately 109 participants from various fields joined the web dialogue. The next web dialogue will be organized on 22nd August.