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The Power of Nature: Unlocking the Potential of Nature-Based Solutions to Tackle Climate Change (Introduction)

Day 1 - 5th Oct | 15:30 - 15:45

Location: Sustainable Transformation Theatre (Keynote)



Nature-based solutions provide an untapped opportunity to store and reduce carbon while boosting economies and communities. We must invest in and scale up nature’s proven pathways to tackle climate change.


  • Nature-based solutions can provide up to 37 percent of the emission reductions needed by 2030 to keep global temperature increases under 2°C.
  • Using only cost-effective solutions, nature’s mitigation potential is estimated at 11.3 billion tons in 2030—the equivalent of stopping burning oil globally.
  • Many natural climate solutions offer additional benefits, such as water filtration, flood buffering, improved soil health, protection of habitat and enhanced climate resilience.
  • Mounting evidence suggests that there needn’t be a contradiction between protecting our ecosystems and meeting the growing demand for natural resources.
  • Case studies from Asia Pacific and how Hong Kong is a critical player in this space as a leading global city surrounded by nature

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Invest in nature-based solutions as the cost-effective innovative way to combat climate change while benefiting economies and communities.


Will McGoldrick

Regional Managing Director, Asia Pacific

The Nature Conservancy

Will McGoldrick

Regional Managing Director, Asia Pacific

The Nature Conservancy

William McGoldrick is the acting Regional Managing Director for The Nature Conservancy Asia Pacific. Based in Hong Kong, he leads a USD $45 million program across 12 countries in support of TNC’s two foremost priorities: protecting lands, oceans and freshwater; and tackling climate change through science-based mitigation and adaptation strategies.

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