• Lead-organizer: International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN)
  • 17:30 - 19:00
  • Date: 19 Jun 2012
  • Room: P3-E


Organizing partners

African Development Bank (confirmed)
Government of Italy (confirmed)
Government of South Africa (TBC)
Government of Tanzania (TBC)
Government of one Central American participating country (TBC)
Collaborative Partnership on Forests (TBC)
IUCN Member NGOs (TBC)
Donor Governments (TBC)
Multilateral funding organizations (TBC)


Since the Rio 1992 Earth Summit, there has been much progress in the field of socio-economic development. However, the world has also witnessed a drastic rise in social inequalities and environmental degradation as well as biodiversity loss resulting from continuous unsustainable economic models. In addition, inadequate governance systems as well as lack of implementation of international obligations related to sustainable development and of various environmental agreements jeopardize the achievement of sustainable development.

The UNCSD will address economic, social and environmental dimensions of implementation of the sustainable development framework. To tackle this challenge, two overarching themes have been defined, namely, Green Economy in the context of Sustainable Development and Poverty Eradication; and Institutional Framework for Sustainable Development. IUCN works with many partners in projects that put nature at the centre of strategies and action plans to improve the quality of life using a people-centred approach and fair distribution of resources. The UNCSD is an opportunity to share lessons learned and discuss strategies for scaling up successful models.

Detailed programme

Detailed description

One of the objectives of the Rio+20 Conference should be to identify measures to advance implementation of the sustainable development framework. IUCN, together with the African Development Bank and a number of other partners including governments, international organizations and NGOs would like to review examples on how investment in nature is integral in responding to challenges faced by humanity in achieving sustainable development. The importance of nature based solutions in a green economy that ensures livelihoods while preserving biodiversity and ecosystem services with effective and equitable governance arrangements should be emphasized as an implementing tool for achieving a sustainable future.

The IUCN-led side event will put forward four case studies demonstrating the contribution of nature based approaches to economic development and poverty alleviation and constituting models of good governance around use of natural resources. Successful practices which should be studied in further depth include: restoration of forests and benefits of resilience to environmental hazards, water access and management, and biodiversity conservation. These practices support livelihoods and represent an effective framework for action.


Time Item 17:30 ? 17:40
IUCN?s perspective on Nature-based solutions and good governance for nature and people
Julia Marton-Lefèvre

IUCN 17:40 ? 17:50
Livelihoods and Landscape Strategy: Forest case study
IUCN Forest Programme and other CPF members

17:50 ? 18:45
The Case for Nature as Water Infrastructure in a Green Economy: Lessons from the Pangani Basin, Tanzania, and case study from Central America
Water and Nature Initiative participant countries (TBC) 18:00 ? 18:10
Biodiversity conservation and local livelihoods in Africa Case Study
African Bank of Development 18:10 ? 18:20
Tourism case study ? transboundary conservation in the Greater Limpopo Transfrontier Conservation Area
Ministry of the Environment, South Africa (TBC) 18:20 ? 18:45
High Level Panel Discussion: IUCN President Ashok Khosla;
President of the African Development Bank;
Representative of one of the ODA donor agencies;
A high level government official from a beneficiary country;
Representative from an OECD/DAC country.
Focus on strategies for scaling up successful models: investments; improving governance; empowering stakeholders

18:45 ? 19:00
General Discussion and wrap up
(i) Demonstrate that nature is at the heart of socio-economic development.
(ii) Showcase field experiences in nature-based solutions enabled by equitable and efficient governance in various areas such as food security, forest and water.
(iii) Explore concrete action needed to implement nature-based solutions with good governance at a larger scale, such as appropriate investment in natural infrastructure for development.
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