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Explained: How working with nature reduces disaster risk
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Explained: How working with nature reduces disaster risk

 
The world is increasingly facing disasters of all kinds, including those related to a rapidly changing climate. Cost-effective, scalable and effective, Nature-based Solutions can help to address these growing challenges. In this short talk, Ms. Mami Mizutori answers three common questions on the role nature plays in disaster risk reduction:
 
• What does working with nature for disaster risk reduction mean?
• What are different examples of Nature-Based Solutions for disaster risk reduction?
• What are the next steps to bring these types of projects to scale?

 
About the speaker:
 

Mami Mizutori

United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction

Agrifood solutions for delivering on biodiversity commitments
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Agrifood solutions for delivering on biodiversity commitments

 
The transformation of agrifood systems can unlock solutions that generate multiple benefits, including safeguarding biodiversity, and help address the challenges posed by changing environmental conditions and socio-economic circumstances. Mr Zahedi will explain how agrifood systems are at the heart of solutions to achieve the Kunming-Montreal Global Biodiversity Framework and deliver on collective biodiversity, climate, land degradation and sustainable development aspirations.
 
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Kaveh Zahedi

Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations

Run Wild - 1 Million Runners for 1 Million Threatened Species
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Run Wild - 1 Million Runners for 1 Million Threatened Species

 
In 2018, we established Run Wild, a virtual running campaign hosted in the adidas Running app, in cooperation with the UN Environment Programme, co-created by Internet of Elephants and supported by several international conservation partners. Our goal was to raise awareness of biodiversity loss and the need to protect our wildlife. Our ambitious goal was to engage 1 million runners, symbolizing the 1 million species threatened by extinction. Join us on a visual journey that unveils an exciting glimpse into the campaign highlights from 2018 and beyond!
 
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Chris Thaller

Anything But Ordinary GmbH

Rewild Your Routine: Supply chains that protect biodiversity
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Rewild Your Routine: Supply chains that protect biodiversity

 
Our future is interconnected to the future of bison, whales, elephants, sharks, wolves and many more species that help to create balance and health on earth. The dual crisis of biodiversity collapse and climate change are one and the same, and new research is finally highlighting the importance of wildlife in stabilising our climate. The good news is, we can all support wildlife in our everyday choices. In this talk, hear incredible stories on the power of biodiversity projects in supply chains of consumer products, and explore how we can rewild our routines.
 
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Ruth Andrade

Lush Cosmetics

Making the economic case for pro-nature policies
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Making the economic case for pro-nature policies

 
Nature provides myriad inputs to economic production termed 'ecosystem services'. Some of these are tangible and captured in market transactions, whereas others such as air quality regulation, freshwater provisioning, and the mitigation of extreme events such as floods via nature-based solutions typically are not accounted for or valued. This talk will cover why we ought to value nature, how to value nature, and examples of where we have done so to create systems transformation.
 
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Salman Hussain

United Nations Environment Programme

Explained: How working with nature reduces disaster risk
Explained: How working with nature reduces disaster risk
Agrifood solutions for delivering on biodiversity commitments
Agrifood solutions for delivering on biodiversity commitments
Run Wild - 1 Million Runners for 1 Million Threatened Species
Run Wild - 1 Million Runners for 1 Million Threatened Species
Rewild Your Routine: Supply chains that protect biodiversity
Rewild Your Routine: Supply chains that protect biodiversity
Making the economic case for pro-nature policies
Making the economic case for pro-nature policies
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Mami Mizutori

Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary-General for Disaster Risk Reduction

United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction

 

Ms. Mizutori has been the Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Disaster Risk Reduction since 2018. She brings to the position a combination of management and leadership expertise as well as more than 25 years of experience in international affairs and security. Previously, she served in the Japanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs in various capacities, including as Budget Director and Director of the United Nations Policy Division. Ms. Mizutori graduated in law from Hitotsubashi University, Tokyo, and obtained a diploma in international studies from the Diplomatic School of Spain.

 

Kaveh Zahedi

Director, Office of Climate Change, Biodiversity and Environment (OCB)

Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)

 

Mr Kaveh Zahedi is the Director of the Office of Climate Change, Biodiversity and Environment at FAO. He oversees the implementation of FAO’s climate change and biodiversity strategies, partnerships with the climate and biodiversity conventions, coordinates FAO’s Global Environment Facility and GCF portfolios and oversees the Commission on Genetic Resources and the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture. He previously worked at UNESCAP and UNEP and holds an MA from The Fletcher School at Tufts University and a BS in Economics from University College London.

 

Chris Thaller

Co-founder and Creative Lead

Anything But Ordinary GmbH

 

Chris Thaller is Co-founder and Creative Lead of Anything But Ordinary, a creative agency & consultancy focusing on impact creation, sustainability and corporate culture. After 10 years as Head of Creative Projects at adidas Runtastic and now as Creative Lead at Anything But Ordinary, Chris has brought together people from all over the world to raise awareness and support for the major challenges of our time. Chris works with companies to help them find and communicate their purpose in a way that inspires and engages their customers, employees, and the wider community.

 

Ruth Andrade

Earth Care Strategy Lead

Lush Cosmetics

 

Born in Brazil's Atlantic Moist Forests, Ruth saw environmental destruction firsthand, sparking her lifelong passion for change. She's a systems activist, focusing on key interventions for transitioning to regenerative cultures. Since 2004, she's co-created Lush's environmental strategy, aspiring to leave the world Lusher. Ruth holds a master's in Advanced Environmental and Energy Studies. She's a trustee and co-founder of Re.Alliance, bringing regenerative design to humanitarian work, and a co-creator of Regenerosity, which channels resources to grassroots regenerative projects.

 

Salman Hussain

Head a.i. Economics of Nature Unit, Ecosystems Division

United Nations Environment Programme

 

Salman Hussain is an environmental economist working for the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP). He joined UNEP is 2014 having previously run a Masters programme at the University of Edinburgh, having completed a PhD in Ecological Economics focusing on the greening of industry. He Is Head a.i. of The Economics of Nature Unit in Ecosystems Division and also the global coordinator of a UNEP-hosted initiative called TEEB (‘The Economics of Ecosystems and Biodiversity’). TEEB aims to the recognize, demonstrate and capture the values of nature, thereby making the economic case for pro-nature scenarios. TEEB has over a dozen country implementations focusing on food systems transformation.