The conservation, sustainable management, and restoration of ecosystems are cost-effective solutions that can help municipalities adapt to the impacts of climate change and bring in many benefits. They can also form physical barriers against extreme weather events such as cyclones and storm surges. Biodiverse forests, for example, can protect roads and other infrastructure from erosion and landslides. Mangroves offer an effective buffer against coastal vulnerability, being mangrove-rehabilitation projects two to six times cheaper than other protection infrastructure.
Objective: Reflect on the benefits of NbS through different experiences.
Concrete projects with an NbS approach in Sub-Saharan Africa will be presented, to explain the benefits and advantages of green infrastructures and how actions that boost biodiversity, are better adapted than traditional infrastructures and at a much lower cost.
This session will be moderated by:
- Ndiaga Fall, COM SSA Coordinator (Pikine City)
- Renaud Bailleux, Coordinator of the coastal and marine programme in Central and West Africa for IUCN
- Ms. Marcia Guambe, Urban Resilience Officer at the United Nations Human Settlements Program (UN-Habitat) in Mozambique
- Cortez Taipo, Official in the Municipal Council of Maputo City