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Advancing Biodiversity-Positive Nature-Based Climate Solutions

June 22, 2023 @ 9:00 am - 4:00 pm EDT

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Join the conversation online or in-person to learn about nature-based solutions that promote biodiversity and address climate change.

Nature-based Solutions (NbS) that conserve, restore and sustainably use biodiversity and ecosystems hold promise in helping people adapt to the adverse effects of climate change. But it is often a challenge to achieve measurable gains for biodiversity and ecosystem functioning, while also achieving wins for society and for climate adaptation.

On June 22, join AKFC and the International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD) for a special hybrid event which will be followed by a networking lunch for in-person participants, and a community of practice meeting focusing on NbS for climate and biodiversity led by Global Affairs Canada (GAC).

Session 1: Advancing Biodiversity-positive Nature-based Climate Solutions for Adaptation

AKFC and IISD will host an interactive hybrid event to build knowledge and generate discussion on maximizing benefits for biodiversity and ecosystem health through nature-based climate solutions. The session will feature case study presentations and breakout discussions with experienced practitioners.

Session 2: Nature-based solutions for Climate and Biodiversity Community of Practice

Global Affairs Canada welcomes organizations to the third meeting of the NbS and Biodiversity Community of Practice. This meeting will feature a case study presentation on NbS for coffee, climate resiliency and private sector engagement. This will be followed by an interactive networking session for participants to get to know each other better.

Key Information for Attendees

  • When you register, please indicate your interest to attend in-person at the Delegation of the Ismaili Imamat or to attend online (Zoom) by selecting the relevant ticket option.
  • In-person attendees are welcome to arrive by 9:00 AM ET to network and enjoy light refreshments prior to Session 1.
  • A light lunch will be provided for those attending both sessions in-person.
  • Simultaneous interpretation in English and French will be available throughout the event.



  • Anita Miya, Head – Knowledge Management and Partnerships, Aga Khan Agency for Habitat India
  • Dr. Nicholas Macfarlane, Senior Scientist & Programme Manager, International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN)
  • Kerry Max, Special Advisor, Climate Finance Partnerships, Global Affairs Canada
  • Veronica Lo, Senior Policy Advisor, IISD


  • Stefan Ruge , Program Manager Climate, Hanns R. Neumann Stiftung
  • Michael Opitz, Managing Director, Hanns R. Neumann Stiftung
  • Jerry Nwigwe, Community Economic Development Advisor, Debate And Development Resource Centre- Nigeria
  • Kevin West, Director of Coffee Operations, Tim Hortons

This session is co-hosted by AKFC and IISD as part of AKFC’s Speaker Series on Climate Change Resilience and Adaptation and IISD’s Nature for Climate Adaptation Initiative (NCAI).

Questions? Please contact [email protected]




Delegation of the Ismaili Imamat
199 Sussex Drive
Ottawa, ON K1N 1K6 Canada


Aga Khan Foundation Canada
International Institute for Sustainable Development