-Young Reporters for the Environment, Climate Diplomacy Week 2020
The second day of climate diplomacy week dialogues explored the theme of biodiversity; the conversations stressed the need for biodiversity to be protected and for adequate land use management. We learned the role biodiversity has on the economy. It is an economic driver which provides sustainable jobs, supports local development, improves health and the quality of life.
Solomon Shahid from the eThekwini Transformative Riverine Management Program spoke about finding nature-based solutions. Nature-based Solutions (NbS) as defined by IUCN 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”.
Simangele Msweli with lessons from the Global Youth Biodiversity Network, urges government officials and various stakeholders to partner with, support and help equip youth with the skills and resources that will enable them to mobilise their projects and find nature-based solutions. The Conservation through public health organization for example, promotes biodiversity conservation by enabling people, gorillas and other wildlife to coexist through improving their health and livelihoods in and around Africa’s protected areas and wildlife rich habitats. This organizations work is a typical example of what is meant by youth organizations finding nature-based solutions.
Conservation Through Public Health –
“Home” trailer by Yann Artus Bernard, full documentary on available on YouTube.