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Formal meeting (oral evidence session): Nature-based solutions for climate change

Science and Technology Committee (Lords)
Nature-based solutions for climate change

Tuesday 30 November 2021

Start times: 10.45am (private) 11.00am (public)


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Nature-based solutions for climate change: Minister’s session

The House of Lords Science and Technology Committee will hold its sixth evidence session for its inquiry into nature-based solutions for climate change. This will likely be the Committee’s final evidence session of the inquiry and is an opportunity to put the issues it has heard about to Government. It will question the Rt Hon Lord Goldsmith of Richmond Park, Minister of State (Minister for the Pacific and the International Environment).

The Committee will ask the Minister to assess progress towards the Government’s targets for nature-based solutions. The Committee has heard about scientific uncertainties from other witnesses that it will raise with the Minister and ask what the Government are doing to address these uncertainties. The Committee will ask how large a contribution private finance can make in supporting nature-based solutions and will seek to understand whether sufficient support is there to unlock this finance. The Committee has heard about the co-benefits of nature-based solutions and will seek to understand how these will be valued.

The Committee will ask the Minister about the policies that exist to support the adoption of nature-based solutions. The Committee has heard about numerous barriers to stakeholders engaging with these policies and will seek to understand how these will be overcome. Finally, it will ask whether the Government’s policies are sufficient to meet the targets it has set itself.

Meeting details

At 10.45am: Private discussion
Inquiry Nature-based solutions for climate change
At 11.00am: Oral evidence
Inquiry Nature-based solutions for climate change
Minister of State (Minister for Pacific and the Environment) at Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office and the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
Chief Scientific Adviser at Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
Director for Environment strategy at Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

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

Further information

Location

Room 4, Palace of Westminster

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