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September

4

2021

Upcoming Event: September 4, 2021

Corridors and Crossings: Mainstreaming ecological connectivity into existing and planned infrastructure

IUCN World Conservation Congress Session

Over the last 30 years, many actors around the world have learned how to avoid or minimize the impacts to ecological connectivity caused by infrastructure – including roads, railways, canals, fences, and energy networks. This session will bring together representatives of government, NGOs, the private sector, and research centres to discuss the importance of mainstreaming biodiversity conservation requirements into infrastructure development that maintain, enhance, and restore ecological connectivity. Participants will learn about existing and innovative practices, hear about experiences and developments around the world, and be inspired to apply the increasing body of global best-practices through their collaborative networks, projects, research initiatives, and legal, policy, and regulatory frameworks.

Speakers: Kate Newman (Vice President, Sustainble Infrastructure and Public Sector Initiatives, WWF); Gary Tabor (Executive Director, Center for Large Landscape Conservation, United States of America); Yannick Autret (Expert recherche transport, énergie et environnement, Ministère de la transition écologique, France); Jodi Hilty (President and Chief Scientist, Yellowstone to Yukon Conservation Initiative, Canada); Gabriel Oppler (Conservation Associate, Center for Large Landscape Conservation, United States of America); Sandeep Kumar Tiwari (Program Manager, IUCN SSC Asian Elephant Specialist Group, India); Ancuta Fedorca (Researcher, Fundatia Carpati, Romania)

Organized by: Ministère de la transition écologique et solidaire, Center for Large Landscape Conservation

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September

5

2021

Upcoming Event: September 5, 2021

Nature-Positive infrastructure—the Wave of the Future

IUCN World Conservation Congress Session

This is the moment. The international community must come together now to grasp the unique opportunity that lies ahead in the next 12 months to catalyze a new wave of nature-positive infrastructure norms and practices. The confluence of the Post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework, G20 Quality Infrastructure Investment Principles, and UNFCCC’s nature-based solutions sets the stage for a real sea change. This interactive event will bring together leading representatives of public and private sector institutions working on the future of nature-positive infrastructure to explore the most strategic and efficient options and opportunities for advancing a global path forward.

Speakers: Gilles Kleitz (Director of the Department of Ecological Transitions and Natural Resources, Agence Française de Développement Group); Jennifer Morris (Chief Executive Officer of The Nature Conservancy); Marco Lambertini (Director General of WWF-International); Amy Fraenkel (Executive Secretary of the UN Convention on Migratory Species); Towfiqua Hoque (Senior Infrastructure Finance Specialist at the Global Infrastructure Facility); Eva Mayerhofer (Senior Environment and Biodiversity Specialist at the European Investment Bank)

Organized by: Infrastructure and Nature Coalition

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Upcoming Event

September

6

2021

Upcoming Event: September 6, 2021

Addressing Biodiversity Risk in Infrastructure Investments

IUCN World Conservation Congress session, Post-2020 Partnership Pavilion

Neglecting to fully consider biodiversity risks in lending and investment decisions for infrastructure exposes financial institutions to material financial risks. While more investors are integrating energy efficiency, GHG emissions, air pollution, and physical climate risks into their portfolios, the disclosure and integration of biodiversity is less prevalent. This session will explore the barriers to identifying, measuring, and managing biodiversity-related financial risks in the infrastructure sector and debate what needs to happen to level the playing field for investors who are serious about sustainable infrastructure.

Speakers: Towfiqua Hoque (Senior Infrastructure Finance Specialist at the Global Infrastructure Facility); Eva Mayerhofer (Senior Environment and Biodiversity Specialist at the European Investment Bank); Didier Lainé (Internal Affairs Advisor at Réseau de Transport d'Électricité); Frédéric Bobay (Project Manager at Fin Infra, Direction générale du Trésor); Michael Ridley (Senior Responsible Investment Specialist at HSBC Global Asset Management (UK) Ltd.); and Raphaëlle Vallet (Senior Manager, Climate Policy and Strategy at Macquarie Capital)

Organized by: Infrastructure and Nature Coalition

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September

6

2021

Upcoming Event: September 6, 2021

Blowing Up the Barriers: Delivering Sustainable Infrastructure in a Rapidly Changing World

IUCN World Conservation Congress Session

Over $90 trillion in infrastructure investment will be required by 2030 to meet basic service needs, mostly in developing economies. However, poorly planned infrastructure development directly impacts communities and biodiversity and can "lock in" unsustainable choices for future generations. This session will identify actions and approaches to minimize risks and capitalize on the opportunity to influence the development of large-scale, networked, economic infrastructure such as transportation and energy systems. It will feature recent innovations in holistic infrastructure planning and development that consider impacts and benefits for people, nature, and economies. Participants will discuss barriers to effective planning, design, and implementation and opportunities for uptake of solutions, exploring synergies across global agreements (2030 Agenda, Post-2020 CBD Framework, and the Paris Agreement). Insights from this session will inform actions to upscale and mainstream innovation.

Organized by: UNEP-WCMC, WWF, IUCN Business and Biodiversity Programme, UNEP Sustainable Infrastructure Partnership, The Development Corridors Partnership, GIZ, and African Conservation Centre

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September

7

2021

Upcoming Event: September 7, 2021

BISON : a Strategic European Project to Mainstream Infrastructure and Biodiversity

IUCN World Conservation Congress session, Post-2020 Partnership Pavilion

BISON is the first EU-funded H2020 Coordination and Support Action project to focus on transport infrastructure and its interactions with biodiversity. Launched in January 2021 for a period of 30 months, BISON aims to set the future European strategic research and deployment agenda on transport infrastructure and biodiversity.

BISON will provide European states and stakeholder tools and recommendations to integrate biodiversity into the design, construction, and operation of infrastructure.

BISON brings together more than 16 countries and 39 partners across Europe.

BISON will thus enable Europe to be a leading continent in this field.

Organized by: Ministère de la transition écologique et solidaire, IENE, Infrastructure and Nature Coalition

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September

8

2021

Upcoming Event: September 8, 2021

Comprehensive Lifecycle Assessment of Sustainability (Principle #3)

Part of the Sustainable Infrastructure: Putting Principle into Practice Series

This webinar in the Sustainable Infrastructure: Putting Principle into Practice series will explore Principle #3: Comprehensive Lifecycle Assessment of Sustainability from UNEP's International Good Practice Principles for Sustainable Infrastructure.

Organized by: Duke University, Green Gray, Sustainable Infrastructure Partnership, Conservation International, Project ECHO, UNEP, ITTECOP, ICSI

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September

8

2021

Upcoming Event: September 8, 2021

Equity, Ecosystems and Scarcity - the Global Sand Crisis and Infrastructure

IUCN World Conservation Congress Infrastructure event, Post-2020 Partnership Pavilion

Sand is the world’s most consumed raw material after water and an essential ingredient to our everyday lives. It is central for the construction of roads, bridges, and buildings and is fundamental in the manufacturing of glass and silicon computer chips. Yet the world is facing a growing sand shortage without readily available alternative materials. Construction booms have led to dramatic increases in demand for sand, leading to rising tensions in communities and degraded ecosystems. As the global demand for this resource continues to rise faster than natural sources can sustain, it is crucial to manage it sustainably.

Speakers: Pascal Peduzzi (Director at United Nations Environment Programme GRID-Geneva; Professor at University of Geneva); Antonis Antoniou Latouros (President of the European Aggregates Association); Halinishi Yusuf (Managing Director of the Makueni County Sand Conservation and Utilization Authority in Kenya); Deepthi Wickramasinghe (Professor in Zoology and Environment Sciences at University of Colombo, Sri Lanka); Kate Dawson (ESRC Research Fellow at the London School of Economics and Political Science); Mike M. McMahon (Strategic Partnership Administrator at the Institute for Sustainability and Energy at Northwestern University)

Organized by: WWF, Institute for Sustainability and Energy at Northwestern University, Infrastructure and Nature Coalition, UNEP

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Upcoming Event

September

8

2021

Upcoming Event: September 8, 2021

Transport4nature launch: - Acting in Favor of Biodiversity: CEO Commitments for a New Era in Transport and Energy Infrastructure

IUCN World Conservation Congress session, Post-2020 Partnership Pavilion

Transport4Nature invites European transport and energy infrastructure companies to make commitments to biodiversity. Launched by IENE and its partners, an alliance of networks of companies, scientists, and environmental associations, has one ambition: to create a sustainable collective European dynamic to protect, enhance and restore biodiversity, thanks to the involvement of transport and energy infrastructure CEOs. For the launch of Transport4nature, major European transport and energy infrastructure construction companies such as Eiffage in France and REN in Portugal will testify to their commitment to biodiversity and encourage European companies to join the drive for sustainable infrastructure.

Organized by: Ministère de la transition écologique et solidaire, IENE, Infrastructure and Nature Coalition

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September

9

2021

Upcoming Event: September 9, 2021

Transport4Nature - Integrating Biodiversity into Transport Infrastructure Corporate Development Strategies and Operations

IUCN World Conservation Congress session, Post-2020 Partnership Pavilion

This workshop will provide an insight into the mechanics of the Transport4Nature initiative. It will explain how it works, how companies can propose commitments, how these commitments are reviewed by experts, evaluated according to specific criteria (SMART) and then communicated. Companies such as Eiffage or RTE will talk about the Act4Nature experience (from which Transport4Nature was inspired) and how their actions are monitored.

Organized by: Ministère de la transition écologique et solidaire, IENE, Infrastructure and Nature Coalition

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September

13

2021

Upcoming Event: September 13, 2021

Water Security in the Standard Gauge Railway Corridor, Kenya

Part of the From Infrastructure to Development Corridors Series

The series features presentations by Development Corridors Partnership (DCP) researchers who are exploring how development corridors can ensure sustainable outcomes for all citizens while conserving the unique biodiversity of East Africa, especially through the incorporation of effective social and environmental safeguards.

Speakers: Dr. Catherine Sang (Postdoctoral Scientist, Institute for Climate Change and Adaptation (ICCA), University of Nairobi, Kenya); Prof. Daniel Olago (Director, Institute for Climate Change and Adaptation (ICCA), University of Nairobi, Kenya)

Organized by: UNEP-WCMC, GCRF, UK Research and Innovation, DCP, African Conservation Centre, University of Nairobi, University of Cambridge, University of York

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July

27

2021

Past Event: July 27, 2021

Future Scenarios of Infrastructure-Driven Land Use and Social-Ecological Transformations

Part of the From Infrastructure to Development Corridors Series

The series features presentations by Development Corridors Partnership (DCP) researchers who are exploring how development corridors can ensure sustainable outcomes for all citizens while conserving the unique biodiversity of East Africa, especially through the incorporation of effective social and environmental safeguards.

Speakers: Dr. Jessica Thorn (Postdoctoral Researcher, University of York, UK); Prof. Rob Marchant (Professor of Tropical Ecosystems, York Institute of Tropical Ecosystems, University of York, UK); Dr. David Obura (Founding Director of CORDIO East Africa); (Programme Coordinator, The Wildlife Foundation); Dr. Caroline A. Ouko (Head Policy and Outreach, CETRAD); Ms. Maureen Mwaringa (Business Liaison, Nairobi-Mombasa SGR Operation)

Organized by: UNEP-WCMC, GCRF, UK Research and Innovation, DCP, African Conservation Centre, University of Nairobi, University of Cambridge, University of York

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Past Event

July

14

2021

Past Event: July 14, 2021

Responsive, Resilient, and Flexible Planning (Principle #2)

Part of the Sustainable Infrastructure: Putting Principle into Practice Series

This webinar in the Sustainable Infrastructure: Putting Principle into Practice series will explore Principle #2: Responsive, Resilient, and Flexible Planning from UNEP's International Good Practice Principles for Sustainable Infrastructure.

The session will first provide an introduction to Principle #2, followed by a technical presentation on systems-based tools developed by the United Nations Office for Project Services that help infrastructure planners prioritize infrastructure projects and systems that are responsible, resilient, and flexible from the outset. The remainder of the session will include the exploration of a relevant case study, including interactive activities that will allow exchange between the presenters and participants regarding sustainability challenges and solutions related to real-world infrastructure projects.

Organized by: Duke University, Green Gray, Sustainable Infrastructure Partnership, Conservation International, Project ECHO, UNEP, ITTECOP, ICSI

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Past Event

July

13

2021

Past Event: July 13, 2021

The Future of Sand

Part of the Global Sand Crisis Series

The third webinar in the Global Sand Crisis Series will consist of expert panelist discussion and audience Q&A. The conversation will explore questions such as:

  • The future of mining river sand: What are considerations, challenges, and solutions from an engineering perspective?
  • Shifting to sustainable sand alternatives: Chinese innovations in rock crushing to address sustainability challenges such as high water and energy use, dust pollution, and working conditions.
  • Is recycling the answer? Recycled construction materials and community resilience in a post-disaster environment. A look at new cement technologies and a reflection on a sustainable future for non-concrete options.
  • Recycling case study: mine tailings—new approaches to recycled aggregates
  • Shifting to sustainable cement alternatives: We are concrete addicts, and something needs to change. Can the cement industry reduce its heavy carbon footprint?

Speakers: Kate Dawson, Aaron Packman, Beibei Xu, Terri Norton, Daniel Franks, Laura Powers

Organized by: Northwestern University, WWF

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Past Event

July

7

2021

Past Event: July 7, 2021

Uneven Social Effects of Mega-Infrastructures in Kenya

Part of the From Infrastructure to Development Corridors Series

The series features presentations by Development Corridors Partnership (DCP) researchers who are exploring how development corridors can ensure sustainable outcomes for all citizens while conserving the unique biodiversity of East Africa, especially through the incorporation of effective social and environmental safeguards.

Speakers: Dr. Gediminas Lesutis (Postdoctoral Researcher, University of Cambridge, UK); Dr. Chris Sandbrook (Senior Lecturer and Director of MPhil in Conservation Leadership, University of Cambridge, UK); Akshay Vishwanath (Maliasili & Friends of Nairobi National Park); Sarah Chiles (Landscape Infrastructure Advisor, Ewaso Lions & Grevy's Zebra Trust)

Organized by: UNEP-WCMC, GCRF, UK Research and Innovation, DCP, African Conservation Centre, University of Nairobi, University of Cambridge, University of York

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Past Event

June

22

2021

Past Event: June 22, 2021

Incentives for Sustainability: Toward Better Management Standards, Practices, and Norms

Part of the Global Sand Crisis Series

The second webinar in the Global Sand Crisis Series will consist of expert panelist discussion and audience Q&A. The conversation will explore questions such as:

  • Sustainability and sand: Can sand mining be environmentally and socially responsible? Are there better alternatives on the horizon?
  • Sand-smart practices and industry norms: What are barriers and opportunities for technologies and better practices that can make the construction industry's use of sand more efficient?
  • Current trends: What are the pros/cons and the potential for scaling technological advances in alternative practices such as recycled debris and crushed rock?
  • Governance systems and accountability: What is the status of existing policies, regulations, and standards? And their limitations? Where does government responsibility to enable business in the fight against sand over-extraction begin and end?

Speakers: Aurora Torres, Mark Simoni, Carlos Santamaria, Todd Bridges, Kate Dawson

Organized by: Northwestern University, WWF

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Past Event

June

9

2021

Past Event: June 9, 2021

Strategic Planning (Principle #1)

Part of the Sustainable Infrastructure: Putting Principle into Practice Series

This webinar will focus on Strategic Planning and Sustainable Infrastructure Development, the first Good Practice Principle from UNEP’s newly released International Good Practice Principles for Sustainable Infrastructure.

The session will first provide an introduction to strategic planning (Principle #1), followed by a technical presentation on strategic environmental assessments. The remainder of the session will include presentations of two case studies given by practitioners engaged in strategic planning for infrastructure at the national and sector (hydropower) levels. Case presentations will include interactive activities that will allow exchange between case study presenters and participants regarding sustainability challenges and lessons learned from the cases.

Organized by: Duke University, Green Gray, Sustainable Infrastructure Partnership, Conservation International, Project ECHO, UNEP, ITTECOP, ICSI

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Past Event

May

26

2021

Past Event: May 26, 2021

Setting the Stage: What is So Special About Sand and Why are We on the Verge of a Global Crisis?

Part of the Global Sand Crisis Series

The first webinar in the Global Sand Crisis Series features a keynote address by Vince Beiser, renowned journalist and author of The World in a Grain, among our other esteemed speakers. The conversation will set the stage, exploring questions such as:

  • What is so special about sand as a building material, and why are we on the verge of a global crisis?
  • How much sand is needed for the growing infrastructure boom? Where will it come from?
  • How can we ensure responsible consumption and meet growing demand worldwide?
  • How does sand mining and sand use in construction impact society, economies, conflict and corruption, human and ecosystem health, resilience, and climate change?
  • How did we get here? What sorts of global policy, business, and technical solutions currently exist, and what are their limitations?

Speakers: Vince Beiser, Pascal Peduzzi, Kusum Athukorala, Cary Shepherd, Gary Greenberg

Organized by: Northwestern University, WWF

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Past Event

May

12

2021

Past Event: May 12, 2021

From Principles to Practice

Part of the Sustainable Infrastructure: Putting Principle into Practice Series

This first webinar in the Sustainable Infrastructure: Putting Principle into Practice series will include an introduction to UNEP's 10 good practice principles for sustainable infrastructure and interactive discussion of the case study approach that we will be using throughout the webinars.

Organized by: Duke University, Green Gray, Sustainable Infrastructure Partnership, Conservation International, Project ECHO, UNEP, ITTECOP, ICSI

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Past Event

December

10

2020

Past Event: December 10, 2020

Ramifications for IUCN WCC and Beyond: What have we learned?

Part of the Infrastructure and Nature webinar Series

Session 6 of the Infrastructure and Nature Webinar Series centered on the barriers and opportunities assessed throughout the webinars, which began with the context of COVID-19 and multiple-crisis management and continued through deeper discussions of the policy and enabling environment “upstream”; managing biodiversity-related financial risks; green/grey hybrid and nature-based solutions; and finally, maintaining ecological connectivity in linear infrastructure development.

Speakers: Cyriaque Sendashonga, Roberto Mezzalama,Gwenaëlle Hello, Esther An, Graham Watkins, Jonelle Simunich, Norbert Gorißen, Oliver Hillel, Terzah Tippin Poe

Organized by: Infrastructure and Nature Coalition

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Past Event

November

19

2020

Past Event: November 19, 2020

Balancing Ecological Connectivity and Linear Infrastructure

Part of the Infrastructure and Nature webinar Series

Session 5 of the Infrastructure and Nature Webinar Series attention to the urgent actions that are necessary and the existing solutions that are available to balance environmental conservation with the unprecedented rate of current and planned development of linear infrastructure, especially in areas of high biodiversity. The webinar highlighted diverse perspectives of the issues, threats, and opportunities for applying the practice of connectivity conservation to avoid and mitigate the impacts of linear infrastructure on ecological connectivity, the movement of species, and the flow of natural processes.

Speakers: Kate Newman, Rob Ament, Wendy Elliot, Andreas Seiler, Tobias Nyumba, Karma Yangzom, Tamara Látková, Milan Psotný

Organized by: Infrastructure and Nature Coalition

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Past Event

November

5

2020

Past Event: November 5, 2020

Engineering with Nature

Part of the Infrastructure and Nature webinar Series

Session 4 of the Infrastructure and Nature Webinar Series advanced the discussion on opportunities to apply nature-based solutions (NBS) as alternatives or additions to human-made infrastructure. Speakers explored the business case through NBS experiences at all levels, from planning to implementation, highlighting the latest examples of how engineers are building with nature for increased benefits for people, resilience, and biodiversity.

Speakers: Lynn Scarlett, Kate Newman, Richard T.T. Forman, Todd S. Bridges, Cris Liban, Mark Way, Jon Philipsborn, Meg Goecker, Richard Bugan

Organized by: Infrastructure and Nature Coalition

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Past Event

October

29

2020

Past Event: October 29, 2020

How to Deal With Biodiversity-Related Financial Risks In Infrastructure Investments

Part of the Infrastructure and Nature webinar Series

Session 3 of the Infrastructure and Nature Webinar Series explored practical ways forward on how to identify, measure and manage biodiversity-related financial risks in the infrastructure sector.

Speakers: Kate Newman, Nigel Beck, Nick Butcher, Eva Mayerhofer, Christian Wertli, Helena Wright, Eric Usher

Organized by: Infrastructure and Nature Coalition

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Past Event

October

15

2020

Past Event: October 15, 2020

Swimming Upstream? Enabling Sustainable Infrastructure

Part of the Infrastructure and Nature Webinar Series

Session 2 of the Infrastructure and Nature Webinar Series discussed success factors and limitations of existing planning tools and practices from the public and private sector that are helping governments create land-use plans and infrastructure development portfolios that better balance trade-offs in climate risk management, biodiversity conservation, and equitable economic development.

Speakers: Francis Ogwal, Ivan Delgado, Vladimir Naranjo, Asha Singhal, Richard Weller, Pasquale Capizzi, Basile van Havre, Ryan Bartlett

Organized by: Infrastructure and Nature Coalition

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Past Event

October

1

2020

Past Event: October 1, 2020

Scene Setting: Converging Crises and Sustainable Infrastructure in a COVID-19 World

Part of the Infrastructure and Nature Webinar Series

Session 1 of the Infrastructure and Nature Webinar Series set the scene for five future deeper dive discussions through an introduction to the topic and the overall status quo in light of the COVID-19 pandemic and resulting economic crisis and on-going crises in climate change and biodiversity loss.

Speakers: Amy Fraenkel, Anne Burrill, Franco Piza, Jean-François Lesigne, Lisa Garnier, Yannick Autret, Amar Bhattacharya

Organized by: Infrastructure and Nature Coalition

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