Nature-based solutions for climate change: Government officials
The House of Lords Science and Technology Committee will hold its sixth evidence session for its inquiry into nature-based solutions for climate change. The Committee is near the end of its inquiry and will put the issues it has heard about to Government. It will question officials from the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs. These officials include the directors of the departments that will be most involved with the implementation of nature-based solutions. The Committee will also hear from the Department’s Chief Scientific Advisor.
The Committee will ask the officials how they feel progress is going towards the Government’s headline targets for nature-based solutions. The Committee will raise the scientific uncertainties that it has heard about from other witnesses and seek to understand how these uncertainties will be addressed. The Committee will query the role that the Government sees private finance playing in nature-based solutions and try to ascertain whether sufficient support is there for the ambitions. The Committee has heard about the co-benefits associated with nature-based solutions and will seek to understand how the officials will ensure these are valued in nature-based solutions.
Officials are important in developing the policies that support the wider adoption of nature-based solutions; the Committee will ask them about these policies. It will seek to understand how the barriers it has heard about will be overcome. Finally, it will ask whether greater ambition is required.
Possible question areas
- Headline targets for trees, peatlands, agriculture and marine
- Scientific uncertainties for nature-based solutions
- Understanding and maximising co-benefits for nature-based solutions
- The skills, training, and information gap for nature-based solutions