GDSA co-organizes side event at the World Conservation Congress in Hawaii

September 2016 (Hawaii): On 5 September 2016, representatives from IUCN, the National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis (NCEAS), Science for Nature and People Partnership (SNAPP), Global Forest Coalition (GFC), Gaborone Declaration for Sustainability in Africa (GDSA) and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) met to share experiences and to chart a roadmap for employing nature-based solutions (NbS) to global challenges such as climate change, poverty and gender inequity. The side event was organized on the sidelines of the IUCN World Conservation Congress in Hawaii.

During the side event, Ruud Jansen (Executive Secretary, GDSA) alongside Craig Groves (Executive Director, SNAPP) took the floor to discuss the role of private-public-NGO partnerships in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Jansen spoke about natural capital accounting for sustainable economic growth and how maintaining social capital is essential for development. He spoke about the role of the GDSA in integrating natural capital in decision making and their work with extractive industries on sustainability. Groves highlighted the work done by SNAPP that facilitates 24 working groups comprising nearly 600 scientists and 250 institutions focused on leveraging science for conservation.

Following the presentations, participants discussed the need to fix institutional frameworks that are limiting progress on the SDGs and the factors that could tip governments in favor of acting on environmental issues.

This post was adapted from the IUCN website.