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Key issues

  • Coping with climate change means dealing with water, and nature has proven solutions. “The biggest dangers from climate change relate to water, whether because of drought, floods, storms, ice melting or sea-level rise,” says Mark Smith, Head of IUCN’s Water Programme. “Intact and well-functioning river basins and coasts can help people cope with the impacts of climate change. They provide water storage, flood control and coastal defences. Investment in nature is a critical pillar in making farms, towns, cities and coastal communities resilent to climate change.”
  • Well-managed nature plays an important role in both climate change adaptation and mitigation. “Nature can offer solutions that are available to the rural poor in particular, that are cost-effective and sustainable,” says IUCN’s Climate Change Coordinator, Ninni Ikkala. “The potential of forests in reducing emissions is well-known, whilst for example well-managed mangroves can reduce flood impacts in low-lying coastal areas and managing agricultural lands sustainably can ensure food production in a changing climate.”

Press Material and Events

  • November 3 - Water Day at Fira Congress Hotel convened by the Global Public Policy Network on Water Management
  • November 3, 1115-1215 - Presentation at Fira Congress Hotel by Mark Smith, Head IUCN Water Programme, on “Climate change, water and ecosystems”
  • November 3, 1945-2115 – Presentation at Fira Congress Centre by Mark Smith, Head IUCN Water Programme, at the TNC side event on “Ecosystem-based approaches to adaptation: resilient nature – resilient people”.