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How Can Nature Fast-Track the Recovery of Our Planet?

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November 4, 2019

9:30 am - 11:00 am

Last year’s UN IPCC report highlighted the urgent need to employ a range of measures to limit global warming, while meeting rising global energy demand. This could include the protection and restoration of natural ecosystems such as forests, grasslands and wetlands. Nature-based solutions aim to protect, transform or restore land allowing nature to absorb more CO2 emissions from the atmosphere. Between now and 2030, they could provide over a third of the climate mitigation needed to limit warming to below 2°C. Reaching that outcome is difficult, in part because the prospects for nature-based solutions are uncertain. Join the Center on Global Energy Policy and a panel of experts as we discuss the role of nature in tackling climate change. Panelists include: • Ruth DeFries, University Professor; Denning Family Professor of Sustainable Development in the Department of Ecology, Evolution and Environmental Biology, Columbia University • Dirk Forrister, CEO & President of the International Emissions Trading Association (IETA) • Michelle Manion, Lead Economist at the World Resources Institute • Todd Stevens, Executive Director, Conservation Science and Solutions at the Wildlife Conservation Society • Maarten Wetselaar, Director, Integrated Gas and New Energies at Royal Dutch Shell • Jason Bordoff, Founding Director, Center on Global Energy Policy (moderator) — Guests unable to attend in person can register to view a livestream of the event by accessing the registration link below. This event is open to press. Media should register for this event. Media inquiries or requests for interviews should be directed to Artealia Gilliard ([email protected]) or Genna Morton ([email protected]). Please note: RSVP to this event does not guarantee entry. Seating will be on a first-come, first-served basis until capacity is reached for both the public and press. Flash photography and video recording are prohibited. For more information contact: [email protected].

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