Side event: ‘Accelerating adaptation through Building with Nature in Asia’
Organisers: Wetlands International in collaboration with the Indonesian ministry of Marine Affairs and Fisheries, EcoShape, One Architecture and the Global Center on Adaptation
Millions of people in cities and villages along Asia’s coasts and rivers are vulnerable to storms, floods, droughts, and rising sea levels. By drawing on ecological knowledge of coastal and riverine systems and learning to ‘build with nature’, rather than against it, we can transform this vulnerability into resilience.
This event will present ‘Building with Nature Asia’, an initiative which aims to mainstream nature-based solutions into water infrastructure in Asia. By restoring ecosystems in combination with engineering strategies, we can improve the resilience of landscapes and accelerate adaptation.
The initiative is driven by Indonesia, Philippines, India, Malaysia and China, led by Wetlands International and the Indonesian Ministry of Marine Affairs and Fisheries with EcoShape, One Architecture and the Global Center on Adaptation. It contributes to the GCA’s Water Action Track.
Government agencies, knowledge institutes, NGOs, development banks and the private sector are key contributors. By working together in multiple countries with multiple disciplines we can boost the adoption of Building with Nature. We invite you to help to shape the initiative!