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This event aimed to drive momentum for action and alignment on nature and adaptation ahead of the 2021 United Nations Climate Change
Conference, also known as COP26, in Glasgow  - COP26 photo -

UK Embassy held virtual Climate Change seminar

Published Monday, April 5, 2021

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff and wire services
The British Embassy in Costa Rica, in collaboration with the Forever Costa Rica Association, hosted the virtual seminar, “Harnessing the power of nature for climate change adaptation and resilience.”

According to the Embassy, this event aimed to drive momentum for action and alignment on nature and adaptation ahead of the 2021 United Nations Climate Change Conference, also known as COP26, in Glasgow, encouraging countries to sign up to the Leaders’ Pledge for Nature (LPN), the High Ambition Coalition (HAC) and the Adaptation Action Coalition.

COP26 is the 26th United Nations Climate Change conference. It is scheduled to be held in the city of Glasgow from Nov. 1- 12, under the presidency of the United Kingdom.

Seminars focused on how putting the LPN into action and delivering adaptation through nature-based solutions bring tangible benefits and contribute to a green recovery, the Embassy said in its statement.

The two-day event was inaugurated by Anne-Marie Trevelyan, UK International Champion on Adaptation and Resilience and Andrea Meza, Minister of the Environment.

"Nature-based solutions for adaptation help protect people from disasters, support and create livelihoods, and can offer strong value for money, " Trevelyan said. "This is why the UK is putting nature, adaptation, and resilience at the heart of its preparations for COP26."

Trevelyan also urged other Latin American and Caribbean governments to share progress, and highlight where further action and support is needed, through the publication of Adaptation Communications ahead of the global conference.

The activity featured presentations from a range of climate change experts including Lord Zac Goldsmith, UK Minister of the Environment and Professor Sir Partha Dasgupta, Economist, who spoke on the findings of his report, “The Economics of Biodiversity.”

Also among the key speakers were Peruvian Vice-Minister for the Environment, Luisa Elena Guinand; Carlos Manuel Rodríguez, CEO and Chairperson of the Global Environment Facility; and specialists from the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) and World Wildlife Fund (WWF).

According to the British Embassy, over 600 individuals attended the virtual event, which was held on March 24 and 25, with participants from over 30 countries in Latin America, the Caribbean and Africa.

"Discussions underscored the imperative of placing nature at the center of national climate change policies as well as the need for a more inclusive approach to adaptation and resilience strategies, recognizing the value of local knowledge and solutions," the embassy said.

According to the UK Minister of the Environment, Lord Goldsmith, financing for nature-based solutions was also raised as a priority issue. The UK would double UK International Climate Finance to £11.6 billion, and spend at least £3bn of this over the next five years, on solutions that protect and restore nature.

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