Walter Jetz Joins High-Level Dialogue on Climate Change in the Americas

President of Panama, Laurentino Cortizo Cohen speaking at High-Level Dialogue on Climate Action in the Americas, September 2021.
September 8, 2021

In “Nature and Climate: transformative approaches for adaptation and climate action”, Walter Jetz, the Scientific Chair of the E.O. Wilson Biodiversity Foundation, joins the High-Level Dialogue on Climate Action in the Americas. Coming on the heels of the IUCN World Congress where world leaders gathered to discuss biodiversity and climate, this summit focuses on Central and South America with the aim to promote a high-level dialogue to jointly address the appropriate mechanisms to foster climate ambition in the Americas. The summit is hosted by Argentina, Chile, Costa Rica, Panama, Dominican Republic, Barbados, and Columbia. The presidents of these nations, including US Climate Envoy John Kerry, COP26 President Alok Sharma, and Secretary-General of the United Nations, and Antonio Guterres have provided messages in support of the theme, alongside attendees from these governments, the private and nonprofit sector, World Bank, International Development Bank, Natura, UNEP, the International Indigenous Forum, and Mission Blue.

Jetz, Professor of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology and the Environment, Yale University, will provide the keynote on September 8 (2:25 pm EST): “What does science tell us about the importance, urgency, and potential for Nature-Based Solutions (NbS) to address climate change and biodiversity conservation?” Jetz will then join a panel to explore NbS moderated by Andrea Meza Murillo, Minister of Environment and Energy, Costa Rica.

Tune in to the summit streaming at: https://youtu.be/cLoS47z2FoU