National Consultation Session – Accelerating adaptation through Building with Nature

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1. Background

Governments and donors throughout Asia are increasingly applying Building with Nature (BwN) or nature-based solutions (NBS) to reduce hazards, mitigate and adapt to the effects of climate change and to improve water management and limit heat stress. BwN integrates ecosystems services into water infrastructure practice and has proven itself as a successful participative approach for coastal, river, lake and delta management. It combines ecosystem restoration and engineered solutions in an optimal mix. BwN can accelerate adaptation, enhance water and food supply, livelihoods, carbon storage, biodiversity conservation and well-being of the local community. It represents a paradigm shift from minimising negative impacts to maximising positive benefits for society and nature. For BwN to be successful we need innovative collaborations and integrated approaches to work with nature rather than against it, to overcome barriers that hamper implementation at scale and proper investment. The approach involves an inclusive and multi-disciplinary planning process comprising ecologists, hydrologists, and engineers working jointly with local communities and government stakeholders.

More information is available at: https://malaysia.wetlands.org/news/growing-awareness-to-shift-from-traditional-engineering-to-building-with-nature-for-coastal-resilience/

2. Objectives

The objective of the National Consultation Session is to bring together representatives from the government, academic, research institutions along with other stakeholders of the Building with Nature initiative to build common understanding and discuss mutual gains of the initiative. Apart from that, we are aiming to introduce the landscape propositions that have been recommended and explore possible barriers and enablers for the implementation of Building with Nature in Malaysia.

Consultation session was held on:

Date: 20th Jan 2022
Time: 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Downloadable files for reference:

Accelerating Climate Adaptation through BwN Asia Initiative

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YouTube link for National Consultation Session:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SBAtFGPeH34

Photo record of participants at the session: