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WWF at London Climate Action Week

There is growing concern that if policymakers do not ensure that their response to the health and economic crisis includes addressing the climate crisis, vital ecosystems producing enormous economic, environmental and social benefits could be irreparably changed. Some 1.2 billion jobs in sectors such as farming, fisheries, forestry and tourism are dependent on the effective management and sustainability of healthy ecosystems. In addition, half of the world’s Gross Domestic Product is, to a greater or lesser degree, dependent on nature.

The new 'Nature Hires' new report from WWF and the ILO highlights the potential for a ‘green jobs recovery’ and provides policy recommendations on how governments can integrate Nature-based Solutions in their economic responses to COVID-19.

Speakers include:
  • Marco Lambertini, Director-General, WWF
  • Martha Newton, Deputy Director General for Policy, ILO
  • Vanessa Perez Cirera, Global Deputy Lead, Climate and Energy, WWF
  • Maikel Lieuw-Kie-Song, Technical Specialist, Employment Intensive Investment Programme, ILO
  • Bert de Wel, Climate Policy Officer, International Trade Union Congress
  • Robert Marinkovic, Adviser for SDGs and the Green Economy, International Organisation of Employers
  • Franklin Paniagua Alfaro, Underminister for Environment and Natural Resources, Costa Rica

2020 is a key year for the climate regime. The policies set out in the original climate plans (or Nationally Determined Contributions), published in the run-up to the Paris negotiations in 2015, would lead to warming of 2.9°C by the end of the century. The catastrophic consequences are already well established by various authoritative scientific assessments. The submission of new and enhanced NDCs will determine our future, or whether or not the Paris Agreement temperature goal of 1.5˚C warming will still be within reach. 2020 is also the year when the world has been facing additional challenges to growing inequality and political unrest: the COVID-19 pandemic and the consequent economic crisis.

The few revised NDCs submitted so far represent a very small percentage of global emissions. More ambitious NDCs ahead of COP26 must remain a key priority for tackling the climate crisis and for a green and fair recovery. Using a unique #NDCsWeWant Checklist, WWF has reviewed all new NDCs, and emerging trends and insights will be presented in this webinar in partnership with Climate Action Network (CAN), WWF-Chile and others. We will discuss where submitted NDCs will take us in terms of ambition, alignment with 1.5˚C and other aspects of the checklist. The event will also highlight what needs to be achieved by 2021 in terms of mitigation to keep us on the path to 1.5˚C global warming.

Speakers include:
  • Manuel Pulgar-Vidal, Global Lead, Climate and Energy, WWF 
  • Niklas Höhne, Founding Partner, NewClimate Institute and Creator of Climate Action Tracker 
  • Fernanda Carvalho, Global Policy Manager, WWF Climate and Energy Practice 
  • Pablo Vieira, Global Director, NDC Partnership 
  • Rodrigo Catalan, Conservation Director, WWF-Chile 
  • Marianne Toftgaard, Head of Climate Ambition and Action, Climate Action Network International

Enhancing Forest Targets & Measures in NDCs

Country representatives and decision-makers are revising their Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) to enhance climate ambition and meet the global temperature goals of the Paris Agreement. Nature-based Solutions (NbS) offers great potential, particularly those actions related to forests and food. But this potential is still largely untapped, and more concrete policy actions linked to both mitigation and adaptation potential are needed. This event will provide joint policy recommendations to maximize forest and food related NbS.
Very few of the original Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) submitted in 2015 included loss and damage from climate change. The countries that did include it were those that were the most vulnerable to a direct climate impact, such as small island developing states from sea level rise and African countries facing increasing drought.

As the majority of NDCs are expected to be updated by the end of the year, 2020 is an important opportunity to explore whether and how loss and damage could be integrated into the review process. WWF and Practical Action will host a discussion centered on their recent report.

Speakers include:
  • Dr. San Win, Deputy Director, Climate Change Division, Ministry of Natural Resources and Environmental Conservation, Myanmar 
  • Sanjay Vashist, Director, Climate Action Network South Asia
  • Dr. Elisa Calliari, Research Associate, Department of Political Science, University College London 
  • Dr. Erin Roberts, Climate Leadership Initiative
  • Sandeep Chamling Rai, Senior Advisor, WWF International Climate & Energy
  • Colin McQuistan, Head of Climate and Resilience, Practical Action (Moderator)

NDCs and SBTs: Sharing experiences on the race to net-zero

Countries are preparing their updated Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) and Long-Term Emission Reduction Strategies while companies are setting, implementing and/or updating their own emission reduction targets through net-zero announcements and science-based targets.

This event will bring together government planners and company strategists to share experiences on the road to net-zero, to discuss the role of Nature-Based Solutions and to deliver climate positive value chains. The intended outcome is a better understanding of how leading businesses and government can work together to drive all companies to deliver on a 1.5°C future as we approach COP26 where the eyes of the world will be on the United Kingdom.
Despite continuing efforts to slow the rate and degree of human-induced climate change, its impacts are unavoidable and increasing. Climate change has become a megatrend that can disrupt markets, dislocate communities, and have devastating impact on nature and biodiversity. This will have an extensive impact on people and nature, and the international investment community is increasingly recognizing the need to place more of a focus on adapting to a changing climate. As institutional investors in the private sector, and often with exposure to the whole economy, asset owners increasingly recognize that climate adaptation represents significant investment opportunities and approaches to risk management in a way that is consistent with their fiduciary duty and stewardship in a warming world.

To support these efforts, WWF will launch its new Asset Owner Guide on Climate Adaptation during this session. The Guide provides seven recommendations on climate adaptation for global asset owners. The session will involve a short presentation of the Guide followed by a high-level panel discussion.

Speakers include:
  • Deon Nel, Chief Conservation Officer, WWF-Netherlands
  • Peter Sandahl, Head of Sustainability, Nordea Life & Pension
  • Pritha Hariram, Business Development Manager, FMO
  • Piet Klop, Senior Responsible Investment Advisor, PGGM
  • Jacqueline Duiker, Senior Manager, VBDO (Facilitator)
  • Aaron Vermeulen, Green Finance Director, WWF-Netherlands (Presenter)

COP26: An Opportunity to Change the Game for Nature-based Solutions 

Nature-based solutions (NbS) have attracted a growing interest in the climate debate. They are recognized as an important tool in addressing the climate crisis, when done well and when additional to an accelerated phase-out of fossil fuels. The co-benefits generated from NbS for climate change can also address the global crisis of biodiversity loss and help achieve the Sustainable Development Goals. The COP26 climate talks organized in Glasgow in November 2021 represent an opportunity for the key role of NbS to be recognised, assessed, and sustainably financed, and the UK COP26 Presidency has highlighted nature-based solutions as a key priority for the climate talks.
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