Rare at COP27

Elevating local leaders, advocating for nature-based solutions, driving personal action toward collective impact

What is COP27?

From November 6-17, global leaders will gather in Sharm-al-Sheikh, Egypt, for the 27th United Nations Conference of the Parties Climate Change Conference (COP27). The conference is an opportunity for nations, corporations, and global institutions to make commitments to reducing emissions that drive climate change.

Climate change could be responsible for the displacement of 200 million people by 2050. As global leaders commit to mitigating greenhouse gas emissions, they must also prioritize helping communities adapt to the impacts already happening on the ground.

Rare’s delegation to COP27 will work with partners to advance nature-based solutions to climate change, elevate the voices and perspectives of local leaders and their communities, and advocate for people-centered solutions that empower everybody with a meaningful role in ending the climate crisis.

Delegation Spotlight: Mayor Jean Te, Libertad, Antique, Philippines

Joining Rare’s COP27 delegation will be Mayor Jean Te of Libertad, Antique, Philippines. Mayor Te is a member of the Coastal 500, a global network of Mayors and local government leaders committed to thriving and prosperous coastal communities. Mayor Te will share her perspective from the front lines of climate change, how her constituents are impacted, and what global leaders can do to help communities like hers adapt.

Photo Credit: Rare

Rare at COP27 Events

All times local (GMT +2). Blue blocks indicate Rare co-hosted events. All times subject to change.

Building Social Media Products to Help Communities Take Climate Action

Date: Nov. 9; 1:00PM – 2:00PM
Venue: We Mean Business Pavilion
Host: Meta
Description: This event, featuring Rare CEO Brett Jenks as a panelist, will focus on misperceptions of the most impactful climate action, perceived barriers to taking actions and how social media can effectively be used at scale to help communities make progress on climate action.

Climate Action and Sustainable Consumption

Date: Nov. 9; 2:00PM– 6:00PM
Venue: China Pavilion
Host: SEE Foundation, C Team, and China Corporate Climate Action
Description: The event will invite representatives of enterprises implementing sustainable consumption practices, including the food industry, fashion industry, cosmetic industry, etc. to discuss how different industries can jointly promote sustainable consumption.

Fishing for Climate Resilience: Unlocking the collective potential of vulnerable coastal communities for climate action

Date: Nov 10; 9:00AM – 10:15AM
Venue: Resilience Hub
Host: Rare, Global Island Partnership (GLISPA)
Description: The event will showcase the positive impact nature-based solutions (NbS) in coastal ecosystems have on vulnerable coastal communities and small-scale fishers, as well as government strategies at all levels to implement and scale adaptation strategies with NbS and Ecosystem-based Adaptation (EbA). Local champions and international stakeholders involved in the Fishing for Climate Resilience project will share their journey.

Soil Restoration & Drought Resilience in the Light of Climate Change

Date: Nov. 11; 4:00PM– 5:00PM
Venue: Sustainable Agriculture of the Americas Pavilion (Hybrid format)
Host:  WWF, UNCCD, Croptrust, Rare
Description: The event will discuss challenges and opportunities for investing in soil management and land restoration practices that enhance drought resilience, showcase concrete examples of effective national and regional policies and programmes, highlight the UNCCD Drought Initiative which assisted countries in the development of national drought plans to reduce vulnerability and risk, and explore how policy commitments such as NDCs, LDN, NBSAPs, NAPs could align to harness better land and soil management and attract long-term investments to transform commitments into action.

Act to Adapt: A roadmap for resilient coral reef communities and fisheries

Date: Nov 12; 4:30PM– 5:30PM
Venue: Nature Zone Pavilion
Host: Wildlife Conservation Society, Rare, Bloomberg Philanthropies
Description: An interactive event bringing voices from the frontlines of climate impact together with the latest science around climate adaptation to share a hopeful message: local heroes are successfully leading coastal adaptation work all over the world and new science provides a roadmap for helping communities, coral reefs, and fisheries adapt and survive in the face of climate change.

Doing it Better: Unpacking evidence from the field and lessons learned from NbS for Adaptation

Date: Nov 14; Time TBD
Venue: Capacity Building Hub
Host: Friends of EbA network, IUCN, Rare, Green-Gray Infrastructure Community of Practice, other partners to be determined
Description: While the representation of nature’s impact on climate action on the COP stage is greater than ever this year, from the Global Goal on Adaptation to negotiations on Loss & Damage, the implementation of Nature-based Solutions for building climate resilience are not new. Substantial investments have catalyzed concrete evidence for these approaches from around the world. In this session, speakers will present three inspirational case studies of completed NbS for Adaptation/Ecosystem-based Adaptation projects from around the world, diving into the accomplishments, lessons learned, return on investment, and impact of their projects on the ground. Speakers will share the long-term impact of their projects to local communities, and reflect on lessons that can be taken forward into future projects as adaptation efforts are scaled up around the world. The session will also directly tie in to COP27 negotiations on the Global Goal on Adaptation.

Ocean-Climate-Society: Challenges & opportunities for ocean mitigation, adaptation, finance & UNFCCC

Date: Nov. 15; 4:45PM – 6:15PM
Venue: Room 5- Memphis (300)
Hosts: Plymouth Marine Laboratory (PML), Blue Marine Foundation, European Bureau for Conservation and Development (EBCD), Rare, University of Strathclyde
Description: Ocean ecosystems & coastal communities are being impacted by climate change, but the ocean also offers adaptation & mitigation actions. We will show examples of ocean adaptation, incl. Africa & Asia-Pacific, blue finance; collaboration; equitably with communities & ocean integration in the UNFCCC.

Ocean for Climate: Implementing ocean-based climate action to build coastal adaptation and resilience

Date: Nov. 16; 10:00AM – 12:00PM
Venue: Ibis Room, Climate Action Zone
Host: Marrakech Partnership for Global Climate Action (MP-GCA) Ocean & Coastal Zones, the Ocean & Climate Platform, and the High-level Climate Champions
Description: The Ocean Action Day at COP27 will gather Heads of State, IPLCs’ leaders, businesses, UN organisations, scientific institutions, experts and practitioners alongside climate-ocean focused initiatives and NGO leaders. The event will call for unity, raised ambition, increased finance and ocean-based climate action to accelerate mitigation pathways and support ongoing resilience and adaptation needs.

Ecosystem-based Adaptation and the successful implementation and achievement of the SDGs

Date: November 17; 8:30AM – 09:45AM
Venue: SDG Pavillion
Host: Friends of EbA (FEBA)
Description:The Friends of EbA (FEBA) group undertook a review of the connections between EbA and each of the 17 SDGs. The outcome of this work, a review published in 2022, addresses each SDG by examining the threats posed by climate change, land use changes, ecosystem degradation, and/or biodiversity loss, including how these impede the achievement of each SDG. This event will provide an overview of how an effectively implemented EbA approach can underpin successful achievement of the SDGs and provide case study examples of best practice.

Rare on the Frontlines of Climate Change

Video: Fishing for Resilience
Explainer: Coastal Fisheries & Climate Change
Story: Trading in Data and Octopus
Resource: Regenerative Agriculture as a Climate Solution