The 28th Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP 28) last year took place in Dubai from 30 November until 12 December 2023. Like preceding years, delegates from all across the globe convened at the venue for discussing ways to tackle climate change, proposing policy changes, and reporting on these changes. Delegations from various youth organizations attended COP28 with the goal of representing young professional voices at the conference. Members of these delegations took part in various events across COP28: these included panel discussions, policy working groups, and different speaking opportunities.
This webinar will showcase the experience of these young professionals at the COP, discuss the key messages on food and agriculture highlighted in COP28 and debrief on the next steps for the SSJW. It will also cover the practical planning, skill development, and preparation needed for participating in global advocacy platforms like the COP.
We will host this virtual community gathering on the topic ‘Rewilding Waterways: Restoring Nature’s Flow’ on Tuesday, November 28th at 4:00PM CET/3:00PM BST/7:00AM PDT. The duration of the event will be of 90 minutes.
The Rewilding Community of Practice aims to build a network of rewilding enthusiasts and professionals who can exchange ideas and information to help build a better world.
This is a fantastic opportunity for budding and more experienced rewilders to learn more about what it takes to rewild waterways from four experienced practitioners with very different approaches to rewilding but have a shared passion for preserving our most precious resource for future generations.
We hope you will join us in our effort to scale our collective impact and rewild our planet!
Nick Steiner (Permanick), Lena Hommes (Wageningen University PhD) and Hanna Öllös & Jonas Sommer (Biking4Biodiversity)
Nick Steiner, Founder of Permanick
Meet Nick Steiner, founder of Permanick and a passionate advocate for one of our most crucial resources—water. By highlighting the significance of water cycles and how to restore them, he empowers and supports busy landowners to achieve more with less effort. Nick’s expertise spans securing drinking water, mitigating droughts and floods, and fostering regenerative landscapes. During this event, Nick wil share insights on how to create healthy and functional ecosystems around us with a specific focus on the use of water in regenerative agriculture.
Lena Hommes PhD, Political Ecology and Water Governance Researcher
Lena Hommes is a researcher in political ecology and water governance in Europe and Latin America. She has worked as lecturer and post-doc researcher at the Water Resources Management Group at Wageningen University on topics related to environmental and water justice, as well as with the German development cooperation in Peru on urban drinking water and sanitation management. More recently Lena has focused on the discussions and conflicts triggered by river restoration projects. She is particularly interested in understanding the diverging ideas and interests about whether nature and rivers should be restored, and how, where and to what degree that should and could be done. In her talk, Lena will share some insights from her research on conflicts around river restoration, specifically dam removal in Spain.
Hanna Öllös & Jonas Sommer, Ecologists and Founders of Biking4Biodiversity
Hanna and Jonas are two ecologists who embarked on a unique journey which they called Biking4Biodiversity. They are on a journalistic conservation mission, cycling across over 20 countries and 20.000 km to discover and share initiatives and the people behind them, who dedicate their lives to the protection of local biodiversity. Through their journey they want to inspire collaborative action based on community conservation, solidarity and climate justice. Local communities are the core of their journey, as they meet organizations, initiatives and individuals in each country and learn about their efforts, challenges and successes in protecting their local nature. After 1,5 years on the road and 17 countries crossed by bicycle, they will be oining the event from Vietnam.
Further event information
Following the speakers’ conversation there will be time for questions from the audience. The event will be a participatory event taking place on Zoom.
The first global stocktake will conclude at COP28 in UAE in December of this year. The stocktake offers a unique opportunity to call for decisive change. It is an opportunity to urgently respond to the need to accelerate progress by collectively embarking on a swift and profound transformation of our economic and social systems. APCW 2023 and all the Regional Climate Weeks provide a platform for policymakers, practitioners, businesses and civil society to exchange on climate solutions, barriers to overcome and opportunities realized in different regions. The Climate Weeks consider four major systems-based tracks with a view to providing region-focused contributions to inform the global stocktake:
Energy systems and industry
Cities, urban and rural settlements, infrastructure and transport
Trees, food, carbon and climate: Connecting the solutions
Choices and actions taken – or not taken – in the next decade will have climate impacts for thousands of years. In the last months of 2023, a year of scorching heat records, the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) will meet in Dubai at COP28 to agree on actions that will determine our planet’s future.
As a global leader on forests, trees, agroforestry and soil health, CIFOR-ICRAF has the evidence and insights people need to make these hard choices. Through eye-level dialogue with all stakeholders, our experts continue to inform policies and practices that benefit forests, landscapes and people.
The world is facing a multitude of serious, interconnected challenges: climate change, biodiversity loss, poverty and inequality, food and nutritional insecurity, as well as increasing conflict and injustice. To face these challenges, we must address the urgent need for more productive, sustainable, resilient and healthy agri-food systems.
The Global Crop Diversity Trust (Crop Trust) and the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (International Plant Treaty), will promote action to transform our food systems by hosting an in-person and live streamed Global Crop Diversity Summit on 14 November 2023 under the patronage of the German Federal President, Frank-Walter Steinmeier.
The Summit will be held at the Französischer Dom in Berlin and will raise political awareness of the important role that crop diversity plays in securing nutritious agri-food systems for us all, and strengthen cooperation among seed banks around the world to increase their impact.
The Summit will contribute to preparations for Climate COP 28 in December 2023 in Dubai, where the Crop Trust will present key findings on the importance of crop diversity for mitigation and adaptation to climate change the negotiators.
Twenty-fifth meeting of the Subsidiary Body on Scientific, Technical and Technological Advice (SBSTTA 25) and the resumed second part of the Fifteenth meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity (COP-15)
Article 25 of the Convention on Biological Diversity establishes an open-ended intergovernmental scientific advisory body known as the Subsidiary Body on Scientific, Technical and Technological Advice (SBSTTA) to provide the Conference of the Parties (COP) and, as appropriate, its other subsidiary bodies, with timely advice relating to the implementation of the Convention. As a subsidiary body of the COP, SBSTTA is to report regularly to the COP on all aspects of its work. Multidisciplinary and open to participation by all Parties, SBSTTA comprises government representatives competent in the relevant field of expertise. Its functions include: providing assessments of the status of biological diversity; providing assessments of the types of measures taken in accordance with the provisions of the Convention; and responding to questions that the COP may put to the body. SBSTTA has met 24 times to date and produced a total of 250 recommendations to the Conference of the Parties.
SBSTTA-25 will consider the following agenda items:
Facilitating the implementation of the Kunming-Montreal Global Biodiversity Framework
Findings from the assessments by the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services and the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change and their implications for the work undertaken under the Convention
Invasive alien species
Sustainable wildlife management
Biodiversity and climate change
These resumed meetings include the:
second part of the Fifteenth meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity;
second part of the tenth meeting of the Conference of the Parties serving as the meeting of the Parties to the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety; and
second part of the fourth meeting of the Conference of the Parties serving as the meeting of the Parties to the Nagoya Protocol on Access to Genetic Resources and the Fair and Equitable Sharing of Benefits Arising from their Utilization.
The resumed meetings will take place on 19-20 October 2023 in Nairobi, Kenya, immediately after SBSTTA 25. The Secretariat is carrying out the necessary preparations; the provisional agenda and its annotations for the resumed Meetings will be made available shortly. See Notification 2023-097 for more information.
The Secretariat will conduct briefing sessions regarding the organization of the forthcoming resumed Meetings prior to the dates of the resumed Meetings. A one-hour virtual briefing session will be held on Tuesday, 26 September 2023 at 8:00a.m. EDT. To participate in this session, please register through this link: https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_-1pK79SmSoys-mNDBqIf4Q#/registration.
The IUFRO World Congress is one of the largest global forest events, held every five years since 1893. The congress gives a unique opportunity to gather worldwide leading scientists and top leaders to contribute and co-create for a sustainable future within forestry, climate and society – aligned with the United Nations’ 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.
The IUFRO World Congress 2024 is a collaborative global network platform with great opportunity for knowledge sharing and getting access to the latest science and research. The outcome of the event will also set the future research agenda and roadmap for next generations, this time focusing on the congress theme Forests & Society Towards 2050.
The congress week gives the delegates great opportunity to discuss the important role of our forests. We offer arenas for innovations, forward-looking dialogues, and the foundations for collaborations.
The world gathers in Stockholm
Meet the collective world expertise on the importance of forests for society, in Stockholm 2024. Take the opportunity to build the future together with global expertise in forestry and climate in connection to the societal development towards 2050.
Leading scientists and top leaders from all over the world.
Co-create and find solutions for a sustainable future.
Focus on next generations and green employment.
A meeting platform for innovation.
Forests & society towards 2050
By 2050, drastic changes are expected through population growth, climate change, globalization and a growing world economy, thus putting tremendous pressure on forests and their governance.
2050 is a landmark year to achieve the vision of Living in Harmony with Nature of the Convention on Biological Diversity as well as the target of net zero emissions. With a focus on forest contribution to the 2030 Agenda and its Sustainable Development Goals, the IUFRO World Congress in Stockholm 2024 will help streamlining the forest research agendas, furthering dialogues and cross-sector collaboration, and promoting the multi-functionality of forests and their services.
Welcome to the 1st International Symposium on Ecological Restoration Practices, the 3rd National Meeting on Ecological Restoration of Argentina, and the 1st Workshop on Ecological Restoration in the South American Arid Diagonal, hosted by the Ecological Restoration Network of Argentina (REA Network). The event will take place in person from 22—24 November 2023, at the “El Cisne” Convention Center in Neuquén, Argentina. It will feature keynote presentations, symposia, and specialized workshops, as well as poster exhibitions.
Aligned with the commencement of the United Nations Decade for the Ecological Restoration of Ecosystems (2021–2030), this event seeks to foster a movement that bridges local, regional, and global perspectives to advance societal and environmental restoration. It aims to engage environmental policy decision-makers in addressing ecological restoration challenges and contribute to the development of technical expertise in the field of ecological restoration.