Nature-based Solutions for Climate Action and Green Recovery in the Region

25 October 2021
Group photo ASEAN Member States representatives participated at the Nature-based Solutions (NbS) training. Photo: GIZ/Shofi Fauziyyah.
Group photo ASEAN Member States representatives participated at the Nature-based Solutions (NbS) training. Photo: GIZ/Shofi Fauziyyah.

The topic of Nature-based Solutions (NbS) has attracted growing attention and is often discussed in the international community. NbS are considered to be a promising way of tackling socio-environmental challenges such as climate change, food security, human health and biodiversity loss.

To build capacity and knowledge exchange on NbS in the South-East Asia region, in total 57 representatives of all ten the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Member States working in forestry and agriculture came together to participate in two three-day sessions of the Virtual Training on Unlocking the Potential of Nature-based Solutions for Climate Action and Green Recovery. The training was run in two sessions, the first in the middle of September and the second in early October 2021.

The training was offered as part of the ASEAN Climate Resilience Network (CRN) activities. It covered the key aspects of NbS, including its mainstreaming, financing and governance, as well as its potential in the international arena.

NbS framework

Over three days of the training, the participants shaped their understanding of NbS by delving into key principles, concrete examples as well as challenges and opportunities related to mainstreaming, financing and govenance. The participants learnt about the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Global Standard for NbS. The standard serves as a framework to help design, implement and monitor NbS actions. The importance of a ‘whole of society approach’ towards mainstreaming NbS into respective policies and practices was highlighted. Moreover, the participants learnt about various instruments to help attract more private funding and close the existing NbS finance gap. There was a presentation on the different forms of governing, designing and implementing NbS and a demonstration of the importance of accounting with consideration for equity and fairness. In the final session, the participants looked at the potential of NbS in the international context and learnt about the current discussions and negotiations on NbS under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD).

Promoting the implementation of NbS in the region

Two case studies presented by experts from the Regional Community Forestry Training Center (RECOFTC) and the Center for International Forestry Research and World Agroforestry (CIFOR-ICRAF) provided examples of successful NbS work in agriculture and forestry. In the subsequent group exercise, the participants were given the opportunity to discuss the cases and reflect on their own experiences with NbS. Engaging discussions yielded valuable insights into the main barriers and opportunities related to the mainstreaming and financing of NbS. The training outputs and outcomes provide a great opportunity for the ASEAN region to forge ahead with its efforts on NbS and become a pioneer in the field in the years to come.

The training was supported by the GIZ Climate-Smart Land Use (CSLU) in ASEAN project, with funding from the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ). It built on a training approach developed by the Sector Programme on Conservation of Biodiversity on Land, also funded by BMZ and implemented by GIZ. Experts from the region contributed to the training, including the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), RECOFTC and CIFOR-ICRAF.

Contact person
Ms Zahra Mutiara, Advisor Climate Smart Land Use (CSLU) in ASEAN

Key buzzwords
Nature-based Solutions, ASEAN, Climate Smart Agriculture Practice, Climate Smart Land Use