Back to events

From Knowledge to Practice: Advancing Biodiversity-Positive Nature-Based Climate Solutions

In Ottawa and Online

June 22, 2023

Nature-based Solutions (NbS) that conserve, restore, and sustainably use biodiversity and ecosystems hold promise in helping people adapt to the adverse effects of climate change. But it is often a challenge to achieve measurable gains for biodiversity and ecosystem functioning, while also achieving wins for society and for climate adaptation.

On June 22, the Aga Khan Foundation Canada (AKFC) and the International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD) joined forces for a special hybrid event which was followed by a networking lunch for in-person participants, and a community of practice meeting focusing on NbS for climate and biodiversity led by Global Affairs Canada (GAC).


Session 1 | Advancing Biodiversity-Positive Nature-Based Climate Solutions for Adaptation

9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

AKFC and IISD hosted an interactive hybrid event to build knowledge and generate discussion on maximizing benefits for biodiversity and ecosystem health through nature-based climate solutions. The session featured case study presentations and breakout discussions with experienced practitioners.

Presentations included:

Enhancing Biodiversity Co-Benefits, by Dr. Veronica Lo (IISD)


Case study on the Biodiversity and Ecosystem-Based Climate Change Adaptation project in Gujarat, India, by Anita Miya (AKAH India)


Case study on the Species Threat Abatement and Recovery (STAR) metric, by Dr. Nicholas Macfarlane (International Union for Conservation of Nature)


Case Study on Coffee Climate Resilience in Ethiopia: The challenges and opportunities on using NbS, by Anil Gupta (GAC) and Paul Stewart (Technoserve)


Session 2 | Nature-Based Solutions for Climate and Biodiversity Community of Practice

1:45 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Global Affairs Canada welcomed organizations to the third meeting of the NbS and Biodiversity Community of Practice. This meeting featured a case study presentation on NbS for coffee, climate resiliency and private sector engagement. This was followed by an interactive networking session for participants.

Presentations included:

Coffee and Climate Change Adaptation, by Stefan Ruge and Michael Opitz (Hanns R. Neumann Stiftung), and Kevin West (Tim Hortons)


Nature-Based Solution (NbS) Approach Applied to a Cassava Value Chain, by Jerry Nwigwe (Debate and Development Resource Centre- Nigeria)


Community of Practice and Partnering for Climate Update, by Kerry Max (GAC)



Poster for event | From Knowledge to Practice: Advancing Biodiversity-Positive Nature-Based Climate Solutions on June 22, in Ottawa or on Zoom

Click here to register.