Nature is “one of the most effective ways” of combatting climate change and should be part of every country’s climate strategy according to the Executive Director of the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) Inger Andersen.
Nature-based solutions (NBS) refers to the sustainable management and use of nature for tackling socio-environmental challenges. The challenges include issues such as climate change, water security, water pollution, food security, human health, and disaster risk management ~ Wikipedia.
In cities green roofs or walls are nature-based solutions that can be used to moderate the impact of high temperatures, capture storm water, abate pollution, and act as carbon sinks, while enhancing biodiversity.
As world leaders gathered at the United Nations in New York at a Climate Action Summit 2019 convened by the UN Secretary-General António Guterres, Ms. Inger Andersen (Director of the UN’s Environment Program) was there to promote the idea of nature-based solutions to combatting climate change.
Interview with the Executive Director of the UN’s Environment Program, Inger Andersen
As the world struggles to adapt to a rapidly warming climate and find ways of reducing greenhouse gas emissions, Danish economist and environmentalist Inger Andersen took over the helm at UNEP, the United Nations Environment Programme, based in Nairobi, in June of this year. She talks about the challenges and opportunities facing mankind.
Source: Living Planet: Interview with the Executive Director of the UN’s Environment Program, Inger Andersen, by Irene Quaile