IIED at the 2022 Nature-based Solutions Conference


IIED is participating in the Nature-based Solutions Conference at the University of Oxford from 5-7 July and, with Forest Peoples’ Programme, co-hosting a session on nature-based solutions and Indigenous Peoples and local communities.

In-person, online and hybrid
Last updated 01 July 2022
Woman bends over a seedbed.

Farmer in Tintilou village, Burkina Faso (Photo: Ollivier Girard/CIFOR, via FlickrCC BY-NC-ND 2.0)

The Nature-based Solutions Conference at the University of Oxford from 5-7 July aims to enhance understanding of the value of nature-based solutions (NbS) to societal challenges and to help ensure they support thriving human societies and ecosystems without compromising efforts to keep fossil fuels in the ground.

The conference is focused around six themes, with 13 two-hour sessions held over three days. IIED principal researcher Dilys Roe is a member of the conference steering committee and is co-convening conference session four, on the the critical role of Indigenous People and local communities in delivering successful NbS, on 6 July.

The in-person conference is sold out, but registration is open for online participation until Friday, 1 July.

The critical role of Indigenous People and local communities in delivering successful NbS

Date: Wednesday, 6 July 2022
Time: 10.30am-12.30pm (BST)
Venue: Natural History Museum (NHM) lecture theatre and online, via Zoom
Convenors: IIED and Forest Peoples Programme 

Just and equitable NbS are designed, implemented, managed and monitored by or in partnership with Indigenous Peoples and/or local communities (IPLCs) through a process that fully respects and champions local rights and knowledge, and generates local benefits.

Evidence from science and practice have found these elements essential for the long-term effectiveness of NbS. However, there are serious concerns from IPLCs across the world that NbS is a top-down, externally-imposed concept that commodifies nature and brings serious risks to rights and livelihoods.  

In this session, we will explore the reasons for this, and address how to ensure that NbS are always driven by IPLCs or at least done in partnership with them with their active participation, including discussions around safeguards, governance models and global standards, as well as what NbS means for different groups.

We will consider the implications of tenure facility, rights and resources in NbS implementation, and how to take into account forest-carbon-livelihoods and the social science of restoration networks. We will hear from community leaders from different regions, best-practice case studies, and from social scientists studying local impacts and governance of NbS.


  • Dilys Roe (co-chair), principal researcher and team leader (biodiversity), IIED 
  • Helen Tugendhat (co-chair), programme coordinator, Forest Peoples Programme, co-chair 
  • Helen Magata, communications officer, Tebtebba
  • Musonda Kapena, director, Namfumu Conservation Trust, Zambia 
  • Yiching Song, programme leader, Farmer Seed Network, China 
  • Dismas Partalala Meitaya, representative of the Ujamaa Community Resource Team, Tanzania 
  • Diego Pacheco, head of the Bolivian delegation to the UNFCCC at COP26 
  • Marisol García, Kichwa youth leader from Peru 
  • Stewart Maginnis, global director, NbS programme, IUCN 

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