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Implementing and sustaining nature investments at scale

Time (GMT +00) 13:00 14:30

Opening remarks

Judith Herbertson – Director of Development, Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office, UK


Saleemul Huq @SaleemulHuq – Director, International Centre for Climate Change and Development (ICCCAD), Bangladesh

Simon Maxwell @SimonMaxwell001 – Senior Research Associate, ODI

Country case studies

Raquibul Amin – Country Representative, International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN)

Panchanon Kumar Dhali – Support to the Management of the Sundarbans Mangrove Forests in Bangladesh (SMP-II)

Fiona Sugden – Leeds Flood Alleviation Scheme, Environment Agency

Paul Sayers – Founder, Sayers and Partners


Mizan R. Khan – Deputy Director, International Centre for Climate Change and Development (ICCCAD) and Programme Director, Least Developed Countries Universities Consortium on Climate Change (LUCCC)

Sohara Mehrose – Environmental Journalist

Edward Davey – Director, Geographic Deep Dives, Food And Land Use Coalition

Xiaoting Hou – International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED)


As one of the world’s most vulnerable countries to the impacts of climate change, Bangladesh has experienced first-hand the devastating impact it can have on people, the environment and the economy. The UK’s climate is also changing. Its ten warmest years on record have all occurred since 1990 and the country is increasingly vulnerable to flooding and coastal change, water shortages, food insecurity, pests and disease.

This session examines how nature-based solutions are being used in parallel with engineered interventions in Bangladesh and the UK to provide a variety of mitigation, adaptation and environmental benefits by protecting and enhancing natural capital at the same time as supporting socioeconomic development. In addition to the many challenges related to delivering nature-based solutions at scale, we explore how nature-based investments have the potential to generate employment opportunities for large numbers of low-skilled, daily wage earners that have been adversely affected by the economic downturn.

This event is part of the UK-Bangladesh Climate Partnership Forum virtual series which is building momentum on the journey to COP26. Find out about other events in the series.

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