Safeguarding Ecosystems Health

24 Nov 2020 to 25 Nov 2020
Bangkok, Thailand

Regional and global issues, such as the COVID-19 pandemic, underscore the links between the health of ecosystems and human health. It is vital that Asia and the Pacific countries place the importance of safeguarding and restoring ecosystems and nature in general and through climate action at the center of policy priorities to build back better. The region is home to a diversity of marine and terrestrial ecosystems which hold immense value for economies and livelihoods as well as social capital but are under increasing threat from pollution and unsustainable use. Integrated environmental policy approaches that safeguard ecosystem health and human health and take action on the climate in a holistic manner are urgently needed and need to be implemented across all sectors spanning the continuum from urban and rural areas. Urgent issues, such as marine plastic pollution from land-based sources and its impact on fragile marine ecosystems, call for qualified leaders and stakeholders that can be sensitive to environmental realities, capable of understanding the circumstances that lead to these realities, and of implementing transformative actions to solve them.

Course Structure

The first session of the course will provide an introduction on the need for integrated policy approaches looking at the nexus between biodiversity/ecosystems, human health and climate change, and specific examples of application. The second session will take the marine ecosystem as a sample, providing an in-depth analysis of environmental challenges (i.e. marine plastic pollution from cities) and potential interventions to tackle them taking a multilevel governance approach.

24 Nov 2020

14:00-15:00 (GMT+7)

Session 1:

Why is it important to focus on ecosystems health in Asia and the Pacific? What are the links between ecosystem health, human health, and climate change? Why and how to adopt integrated policies that address this nexus? What are specific examples of such approaches, looking at different ecosystems and sectoral policies?


Government of France, Government of Japan

Experts from French Research and Development Centres, IUCN, IPBES (TBC)

25 Nov 2020

9:30-10:30 (GMT+7)

24 Nov 2020

15:15-17:45 (GMT+7)

Session 2: Stethoscope: Marine Ecosystems

Using the marine ecosystem as a sample, this session will dive into the factors that determine ecosystem health, including a selection of case-studies.

How is plastic pollution jeopardizing the health of marine ecosystems? How are national and local governments responding to land-based waste damaging marine ecosystems? What are the subsidiary impacts of a poor marine ecosystem?

ESCAP, ASEAN, Selected national and local governments, Marine pollution experts, biodiversity experts (TBC)

25 Nov 2020

10:45-13:15 (GMT+7)

Method of Delivery

Session 1 will be delivered through an introductory panel discussion with experts on biodiversity, ecosystem health and integrated policies looking at the nexus on biodiversity/ecosystems, climate change and human health. The discussion will introduce these concepts and practical approaches to address priority ecosystem health protection issues in Asia and the Pacific.

Session 2 focusing on marine pollution and ecosystems will be delivered through a virtual classroom platform. This session will offer participants more interactive tools to engage in the discussions both with presenters and fellow participants. The session will include a live assessment and feedback segment.