Landscape Architects Will Push for Nature-based Solutions at COP28

Delegates will highlight the key role of landscape architecture in maximizing the benefits of nature for people and communities

ExpoFrom left to right: Torey Carter-Conneen; Pamela Conrad, ASLA; Kotchakorn Voraakhom, International ASLA

ASLA is sending two delegates to COP28 in Dubai, UAE and eight virtual delegates will join online. This is the second year ASLA has been an NGO observer to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) Conference of Parties (COP) process.

In-person delegates available for media interviews before, during, and after COP:

Additional in-person landscape architect delegate of the Government of Thailand:

These delegates are experts on:

  • Nature-based solutions
  • Landscape architecture
  • Ecosystem services
  • Health benefits of nature
  • Biodiversity
  • Climate equity and justice  

All three speakers will be presenting in these blue zone sessions:

Scaling Up Nature-Based Solutions in Urban Environments
Wednesday, December 6, 4.15 AM - 5.15 AM EST / 1:15 PM - 2:15 PM GST
International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Pavilion

Nature-based Solutions & the Built Environment: Designing for Resilience, Drawdown & Biodiversity
Friday, December 8, 7.45 AM - 9.15 AM EST / 4.45 PM - 6.15 PM GST
Official COP28 Blue Zone Side Event, SE Room 9

ASLA virtual delegates joining online include:

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ASLA delegates will be advancing these goals at COP28:

Maximizing the Benefits of Nature-Based Solutions–Through Design

Nature-based solutions to climate change and biodiversity loss are more than mangroves, forests, and grasslands. Using landscape architecture strategies, they can be woven into places where people live. They can take the form of parks, recreation areas, streets, coastal infrastructure, and more. Through inclusive design, they can provide even greater benefits to people and support the healthy urban ecosystems people rely on.

While more communities are integrating nature-based solutions, those advances are not widespread. All communities need equitable access to best practices, project financing, and the landscape architecture, planning, ecology, and engineering professionals who make these projects a reality.
Landscape architects design nature-based solutions to create real benefits for people and communities:
1) Increased Biodiversity
Nature-positive landscapes are the foundation of terrestrial ecosystems and efforts to achieve 30 x 2030 and 10% net biodiversity goals, restore global ecosystems, and increase and protect biodiversity.
2) Improved Human Health and Livability  
Accessible public landscapes, such as parks and recreation areas, provide proven physical and mental health benefits that reduce healthcare costs and increase community cohesion.
3) Going Beyond Net-Zero
Landscapes are the most efficient way to store carbon and achieve zero embodied and operational emissions and double carbon sequestration by 2040.

4) Strengthened Resilience  
Healthy, biodiverse landscapes that store carbon in trees, plants, and soils also increase people’s resilience to climate impacts, such as extreme heat, flooding, drought, and sea level rise.
5) Expanded Investment and Sustainable Livelihoods
When woven into communities, nature-based solutions become resilient assets that lead to increased investment in housing, infrastructure, and public amenities, and create sustainable local livelihoods.

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Media inquiries

Landscape Architecture Magazine

Jennifer Reut 

The Dirt
Jared Green

The Field
Ali Hay