Rapid and uncontrolled growth of the cities, urban sprawl, pollution, pressure on the natural ecosystems – all those challenges call for better management of natural resources, including land, and better integration of urban growth with the surrounding environment.

Through sustainable land use practices and implementation of nature-based solutions, we can build more compact and livable urban spaces – cities that are more effiient, accessible, healthy and attractive. Sustainable land use and nature-based solutions are about using the potentials of the surrounding environment. Land, clean air and water, green areas are all valuable resources and they are not infinite.

Estimates suggest that nature-based solutions can provide 37% of the mitigation needed until 2030 to achieve the targets of the Paris Agreement. There are many examples: restoring native forest at the margins of the river to avoid landslides can act as a carbon sink. Climate-smart agriculture is another example that enables farmers to retain more carbon in their fields as they produce crops. Decreasing deforestation is another way to benefit from nature-based solutions, by paying farmers not to cut down the forest preserves ecosystem services such as carbon sequestration, provision of clean drinking water, and reduction of river sedimentation downstream.

Nature-based solutions play a key role in climate change adaptation and mitigation, and building resilience in landscapes and communities.


November 12th 2022
Chile: 5:30 – 06:30 / Egypt: 10:30 – 11:30


This panel will discuss the challenges of nature-based solutions in institutional, environmental and economic terms.


1. King Abdullah University of Science and Technology Carlos Duarte
2. Université Côte d’Azur Thibaut Malausa
3. Université Côte d’Azur Etienne Danchin
4. CEPAL Santiago Lorenzo
5. MERI Foundation Sonia Español

Moderator: Agustina Lo Bianco, Philanthropy Cortés Solari.