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Climate crisis: nature-based resilience


Nov 27, 2023


11:00 - 12:15

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Climate crisis: nature-based resilience

Nature-based solutions for climate change mitigation and adaptation

As urgent actions are needed to curb climate change and biodiversity decline, Nature-Based Solutions (NbS) could play an essential role to help address both issues synergistically. However, NbS remain controversial because of uncertainties surrounding their effectiveness and the risks involved in their implementation. Embracing a broader portfolio of NbS beyond the ones focusing most of the attention and prioritising those providing co-benefits on several sustainability dimensions could minimise risks while delivering a much needed contribution to climate change adaptation and mitigation. 

Edouard Davin
Prof. Edouard Davin

Professor of climate scenarios for sustainable development at the Wyss Academy for Nature of the University of Bern

Prof. Dr. Edouard Davin is a climate scientist studying the interactions between the terrestrial biosphere, land use and climate. He has extensive experience in both global and regional climate modelling and a core area of his work has been to integrate the impact of land use change in past and future climate scenarios. Ultimately, his work aims to demonstrate the key role of land use and land management in the transformation toward sustainable futures. He served as a Lead Author in the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Special Report on Climate Change and Land. His professorship at the Wyss Academy is affiliated with the Climate and Environmental Physics division and the Oeschger Centre for Climate Change Research at the University of Bern.

Management, climate adaptation and climate mitigation in mountain forests of the Alps

Mountain forests in the Alps are strongly characterised by human land-use history and natural disturbances. These forests fulfil important ecosystem services, e.g. as protection against natural hazards. With climate change, we expect shifts of upper treeline, but also a further increase of natural disturbances such as fire, windthrow or bark beetle outbreaks. In this contribution, I discuss current trends and challenges related to the management of mountain forests under climate change and how aspects of climate adaptation and climate mitigation may be optimised.

Peter Bebi
Dr. Peter Bebi

Head of the Mountain Ecosystem group and CERC (Climate Change, Extremes and Natural Hazards in Alpine Regions Research Centre) at the WSL-Institute for Snow and Avalanche Research SLF

Dr. Peter Bebi is a natural scientist studying the dynamics, management and ecosystem services of mountain ecosystems. He is particularly focusing on mountain forests and treeline ecosystems, and on interactions between natural hazards and other natural disturbances with mountain forests. He is, since 2021, head of the research Centre CERC of WSL at SLF in Davos.

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