World Leaders' Dialogues
The Future Is Not What It Used To Be – how parks can help build a more resilient future
November 13, 2014; 5:30 – 7:00 pm
© Andre Seale
While many communities rely on ecosystems such as forests, coral reefs and drylands for protection against the impacts of natural hazards, others are suffering because environmental degradation has left them exposed to disasters. Healthy protected area systems, which are embedded in the broader land and seascapes, provide one of the best mechanisms for maintaining natural habitats and preserving ecosystem functions. As demonstrated in the past, they can buffer against natural hazards, foster the use of traditional agricultural practices that are adapted to local ecosystems, and provide emergency sources of food, freshwater and building materials. This World Leaders’ Dialogue will shed light on how protected areas can be at the centre of the resilience debate, especially with regard to climate change mitigation and adaptation, and on their contribution to building a sounder future for all.
The Dialogue will be followed by the screening of the “Years of Living Dangerously” series episode.
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