CCAFS @ Climate Week NYC | Nature's Climate Hub: Transforming food systems through nature-based solutions

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    Madison Hub North, Convene, 101 Park Avenue, New York, USA

About Nature’s Climate Hub

As part of the UN Climate Action Summit, the UN Secretary-General has initiated nine coalitions comprised of national governments and other key stakeholders. Their remit is to ensure transformative outcomes from the Summit. Nature-based solutions is one of the nine tracks. Nature’s Climate Hub, operating for four days, will mirror the work of the nature-based solutions coalition on each day.

Nature-based solutions harness nature’s capacity to reduce emissions and enhance resilience, offering a crucial response to climate change at the scale and pace that is needed to keep global temperatures within a 1.5 degrees rise. In addition, nature-based solutions also support efforts to achieve sustainable development in areas such as food security, poverty reduction and rural livelihoods. To make this transformation possible, the necessary actions must be clearly identified, along with robust implementation system and finance on an unprecedented scale.

Nature’s Climate Hub aims to accelerate, synergize and facilitate engagement across the climate, development and nature communities to showcase nature-based solutions. The hub will focus on climate mitigation, adaptation and resilience with the objective of increasing the scale of ambition and the speed of delivery. To achieve this objective, the hub will engage multiple stakeholders, including governments, companies, financial institutions, indigenous peoples, local communities and young people from all over the world.

About the workshop

Registration for this event is required via Eventbrite.

The Transforming Food Systems under Climate Change Initiative is a global effort involving over 100 organizations to change the way we produce and consume food to meet the SDGs. The initiative proposes science-based actions that can transform food systems, and identifies champions from business, civil society and governments to lead implementation.

Actions proposed under this initiative include nature-based solutions, to ensure that there is zero agricultural land expansion in high carbon landscapes and to improve carbon sequestration in degraded soils.

  • Outline key opportunities to scale nature-based solutions and transform food systems.
  • Identify champions to lead action to ensure zero agricultural land expansion in high carbon landscapes and to improve carbon sequestration in degraded soils.
Expected outcomes
  • An action agenda to scale nature-based solutions for zero agricultural land expansion in high carbon landscapes and improved carbon sequestration on degraded soils, together with key champions identified to lead action.


Description Speaker/Panellist Time
Welcome and scene setting Martien Van Nieuwkoop, Director, Agriculture Global Practice, World Bank 09:00–09:05
Technical presentation: Opportunities to transform food systems through nature based solutions. Ana Maria Loboguerrero Rodríguez, Head of Global Policy Research, CCAFS 09:05–09:20
Power pitches: Examples or commitments of nature-based solutions to transform food systems Amy Senter, Chief Sustainability Officer, Kellogg Company 09:20–09:25
Susan Gardner, Director of Ecosystem Division, UNEP 09:25–09:30
Elizabeth Mwiyeria, Country Manager, Vi Agroforestry 09:30–09:35
Deon Nel, CEO, Global Resilience Partnership 09:35–09:40

Panel discussion: An action agenda to achieve scale

Moderated by Martien Van Nieuwkoop

  • From your experience what are the key constraints or barriers to scale nature based-solutions such as the ones just presented?
  • How can these barriers be overcome?
  • Please mention two specific actions that could be implemented in the following year to scale nature based-solutions in relation to zero agricultural land expansion in high carbon landscapes and to improve carbon sequestration in degraded soils.
Q&A and discussion 10:00–10:20
Closing remarks Charlotte Hebebrand, Director General, International Fertilizer Industry Association 10:20–10:30


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