Time: 14:00-16:00, Thursday, March 23, 2023
Speaker: Mr. Simon Counsell (Independent researcher writing on nature-based solutions, offsetting, and rights-based conservation)
Chair: Dr. Chien-Yi Lu (Research Fellow, Institute of European and American Studies, Academia Sinica)
Website: https://farmforchange.ea.sinica.edu.tw/Academic-Events
Organizer: Farm for Change, Institute of European and American Studies, Academia Sinica
Contact: Miss Lin, +886-2-3789-7222, pimei@gate.sinica.edu.tw

The concept of ‘Nature-Based Solutions’ has been proposed as key in tackling both the crises of global climate change and global loss of biodiversity. It has been claimed, for example, that ‘natural solutions’ – like protecting forests and other ecosystems, and planting more trees – can account for more than a third of climate change mitigation by 2030.

This talk explores whether such claims are true. It will explain where the concept originated, where it sits in global climate (and biodiversity) policy and how it is now being used in practice. It will consider what the overall/conceptual problems are, and also look at specific examples, which will include projects from which CPC is buying carbon credits to supposedly ‘offset’ its greenhouse gas emissions.

Nature Based Solutions: What’s the Problem?