Global Mangrove Alliance at COP28 UAE

UN Climate Conference, Dubai, United Arab Emirates, Nov 30 - Dec 12, 2023

From November 30th to December 13th, world leaders will be watching and attending the 28th UN Climate Change Conference. Mangroves, and the actions that decision-makers need to take to protect and manage the coastal trees and ecosystems, will be highlighted throughout the conferences by members and partners of the Global Mangrove Alliance. We invite you to join us in making COP28 an unprecedented global “mangrove moment” to accelerate action on this precious and powerful ecosystem. 

Mangrove Breakthrough Flagship events

On behalf of the Global Mangrove Alliance, in partnership with the UN High Level Climate Champions and the COP28 Presidency, we are pleased to invite you to our Mangrove Breakthrough Flagship events in Dubai.

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The Mangrove Breakthrough – Financing Mangroves at Scale

Time: December 4th, 8:30 – 9:30, Nature Pavilion (Blue Zone)

Co-hosts: Global Mangrove Alliance, High-Level Climate Champions, Systemiq

Launch of the Mangrove Breakthrough Financial Roadmap. Co-developed with investors, experts and practitioners, the Roadmap provides actionable recommendations for scaling mangrove-positive business models and developing innovative financial instruments to accelerate investment in mangroves.

This Financial Roadmap event has limited capacity and is invite only. Your RSVP is kindly requested by November 30th. 

Find out more about the event here

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A Breakthrough Moment for Mangroves – Delivering Global Action on Mangrove Restoration and Protection   

Time: December 9th, 12.30 – 14:00, Connect Conference Auditorium (Green Zone)

Co-hosts: the COP28 Presidency, United Nations Climate Change High-Level Champions, Mangrove Alliance for Climate, and Global Mangrove Alliance

COP28 and the Mangrove Breakthrough host A Breakthrough Moment for Mangroves on Nature Land Use and Ocean Day. This ministerial and non-state actor led event brings together the major partnerships and initiatives behind the Mangrove Breakthrough – the global target to restore and protect 15 million hectares of mangroves and halt mangrove destruction by 2030. Leveraging mangroves’ unique role in accelerating the delivery of both the Paris Agreement and the Kunming-Montreal Global Biodiversity Framework, this event will feature new and impactful policies, technologies, and investments from a wide range of public and private leaders that will support mangroves adaptation, mitigation, health, and development outcomes.

RSVP here for joining the event

This event is open to the public in the Green Zone. Please fill out this link to secure your pass.

Other events (co)organised by the Global Mangrove Alliance

Climate-Forward Conservation Strategies to Deliver on Global Targets

1st December, 11:00 – 12:00, Nature Pavilion

Joint event between the Mangrove Breakthrough and the Coral Reef Breakthrough on how these two initiatives can help deliver on the Global Biodiversity Framework and Paris Agreement goals, and looking forward to UNOC in 2025.

Mangrove Breakthrough & Coral Reef Breakthrough Virtual Event

8th of December, 15:00 – 16:30, Virtual Ocean Pavilion, Live event

In this live event, GFCR along with GMA, ICRI, UNEP, and HLCC, aim to present the two Breakthroughs’ agendas and targets to the public audience

Making the Most of the Coast: Best Practice on Marine Nature-Based Solutions

9th of December, 14:15 – 15:15, UK Pavilion (Blue Zone)

Lead organiser: DEFRA

Global Mangrove Alliance: Accelerating Action and Financing for Nature-Based Solutions 

Time: December 9th, 14:30 – 15:30, Philippines Pavilion (Blue Zone)

Lead organisations: Wetlands International Philippines, Global Mangrove Alliance Philippines, Department of Environment and Natural Resources Philippines (DENR)

This side event will feature inspiring stories from the frontlines of mangrove restoration and conservation, highlighting how these natural solutions bring tangible benefits to people, our climate, and the environment. It will showcase real success stories from Global Mangrove Alliance (GMA) national chapters and other organizations working closely with local communities. The ultimate goal is to inspire governments and the private sector to invest in science-driven restoration and conservation initiatives, including the Mangrove Breakthrough on a global scale and grassroots efforts at the local level.

Mangroves as nature-based solutions to address climate change: local action for global ambition

Time: 10 Dec 9:30 – 11:00, Panama Pavilion (Blue Zone)

Lead organisations: Wetlands International Panama, Global Mangrove Alliance, the government of Panama

In this event, the panelists representing three regions (Africa, Asia and Latin America) will present how their experience has been in positioning mangroves on national and regional agendas and guide other countries on the processes developed the Mangroves Breakthrough and be part of the Global Alliance for Mangroves.