Nature-Based Solutions for Sustainable Development and Human Wellbeing in Africa
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– Date/Time: October 25, 2021, 10:00 – 11:30 EAT (GMT+3)
– Session lead:
- Dr. Gemedo Dalle Tussie, Country Representative – Ethiopia, GGGI
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Nature-based Solutions (NbS) are interventions aimed at conserving natural resources, sustainably manage different ecosystems, and restoring degraded ecosystems to enhance ecosystem services thereby building resilience and improving human well-being. Land degradation and continued deforestation are common challenges in many African countries directly contributing to loss of ecosystem services and reduced GDP. The productivity of agriculture has been decreasing due to soil erosion and loss of nutrients. The adaptive capacity of communities to climate change is being threatened as Greenhouse Gasses (GHGs) emissions have been increasing overtime. Therefore, there is a need to reverse such threatening factors using nature-based solutions. It is important to mainstreaming nature-based solutions in governance and policy instruments, enhance regional and international cooperation for NbS and scale up NbS for mitigation, resilience and adaptation. If properly designed and implemented, NbS can contribute to sustainable economic growth, creation of green jobs that contribute to poverty reduction, reduce GHG emissions and improve environmental health and conservation of biodiversity.