December 2019

UN Climate Change Conference - COP 25
December 2-13, 2019 | Madrid, Spain

UN Climate Change Conference – COP 25

IFEMA – Feria de Madrid
Madrid, Spain
December 2 – December 13, 2019

The United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) is the international response to climate change. It is a treaty that sets out the basic responsibilities of the 196 Parties (States) plus the European Union to fight climate change.

Rare works with local and national partners to demonstrate how sub-national level, and local action are critical for long-term and sustainable commitment to the Nationally Determined Contribution’s (NDC) implementation. We are proud to be partnering in the following side events to share our behavioral insights and unique approach to community-led ecosystem-based approach in landscapes and coastal areas.

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Blue Climate Action: Marine Nature-based Solutions for NDCs

German Pavilion
December 6, 2019 • 3:30pm – 5:00pm CET

Nature-based Solutions significantly contribute to climate adaptation and mitigation, this is also identified in IPCC Special Report on oceans and cryosphere. Resilient coastal and marine ecosystems are key for coastal livelihoods, while additionally conserving biodiversity. Featuring tangible examples of local action and international initiatives as well as resource mobilization, this event will highlight successes and challenges and provide clear linkages with the NDC process.

Hosted by German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (BMU), German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), Blue Solutions (GIZ, IUCN, GRID, UNEP), Rare, Blue Action Fund, Save our Mangroves Now!

Developing Ecosystem-based Adaptation in Marine and Coastal Communities

Indonesian Pavilion
December 10, 2019 • 9:00am – 10:20am CET

Ecosystem-based Adaption (EbA) is a people- centric, nature-based solution that uses ecosystem services as part of a holistic adaptation strategy. This event will describe the link between climate and oceans while exploring EbA as an approach to reduce the impacts of climate change especially on coastal communities and small-scale fisheries. Building on the experience of country-, civil society- and other organization partners, the discussion will facilitate an active exchange of the best practices in the implementation and financing of EbA to achieve adaptation and mitigation co-benefits in coastal areas.

Hosted by Ministry of Marine Affairs and Fisheries (Indonesia) and Rare.

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Fishing for Climate Resilience: Empowering coastal communities to adopt nature-based solutions for NDC implementation

NDC Partnership Pavilion
December 12, 2019 • 12:00 – 1:00pm CET

Healthy coastal ecosystems are indispensable in terms of carbon sequestration, climate change adaptation and resilience. In addition, they are an important source of food and employment for millions of coastal. Building on the ‘Fishing for Climate Resilience’ project which is part of the International Climate Initiative (IKI) , this event co-hosted by Rare and the Global Island Partnership (GLISPA) will showcase the ‘why’ and ‘how’ of empowering local communities to adopt and own nature-based solutions that build the foundation to the implementation of nationally determined contributions (NDCs) and national adaptation plans (NAPs).

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Past Events

Webinar: The Local Lens
October 29, 2019 | Online

The Local Lens: Engaging Photography Through Participatory Photography

October 29, 2019

For the coastal fishing community of Zavora, Mozambique, the ocean is a way of life. Yet coastal overfishing threatens this small and dynamic community on the southeastern coast. Working with renowned photojournalist Jason Houston, Rare gave cameras to four community members to document their lives and share their experiences through their own lens. What emerged was a personal look at the people of this extraordinary place along Mozambique’s Wild Coast. Click below to explore how participatory photography can be used as a powerful tool for practitioners looking to engage communities and better understand their world.

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Our Ocean Norway
October 23-24, 2019 | Oslo, Norway

Since its inception, Our Ocean has helped put our oceans’ health at the top of national and international political agendas. The conference brings together heads of state, ministers, philanthropy, NGOs, corporations, scientists and other experts to commit to taking actions that protect and revitalize our oceans. Rare has regularly and actively participated in Our Ocean over the years, highlighting the work and progress made by our Fish Forever program. Click below for key takeaways from the week in Oslo.

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BE.Hive on Campus
October 4-5, 2019 | Carlisle, PA, USA

BE.Hive on Campus

Carlise, PA
October 5, 2019 

Rare in collaboration with Dickinson College, presented BE.Hive on Campus: Climate Change Needs Behavior Change. This interactive summit will convene environmental advocates, youth climate activists, sustainability pros, behavioral scientists and other visionary leaders to explore how campus communities can be at the forefront of promoting sustainable behaviors and curbing the climate crisis.

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Behavior-Centered Design Challenge

Carlisle, PA
Friday, October 4, 2019

Ahead of BE.Hive on Campus, Rare hosted a Behavior-Centered Design Challenge at Dickinson College. Challenge participants, working in teams with direct coaching and partnership from leading behavioral science experts, worked to create real world solutions to address a specific greenhouse gas emissions challenge facing colleges and universities across the country. Winning teams received $1,500 and had their concepts highlighted at the BE.Hive on Campus summit.

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Global Landscapes Forum
June 22, 2019 | Bonn, Germany

Narratives for Radical Change: Rare at Global Landscapes Forum

Bonn, Germany
June 22, 2019 

Rare Managing Director of Climate & Water, Paula Caballero, spoke before the Global Landscapes Forum in Bonn, Germany during a session on the power of narratives to propel change. Caballero, a driving force behind the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), shared her experience shifting the global development narrative from one that divided the world into the haves and have-nots, to a unifying narrative in which all nations and constituencies share responsibility in building a more sustainable world.

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Growing Blue Mozambique
May 23 - May 24, 2019 | Maputo, Mozambique

Growing Blue Mozambique

Maputo, Mozambique
May 23 – May 24, 2019

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Webinar: People, Behavior & Vibrant Oceans
May 30, 2019 | Online

Webinar: People, Behavior & Vibrant Oceans

May 30, 2019

Dr. Steve Box, Rare’s Senior Vice President of Fish Forever, and Melissa Wright, oceans lead for Bloomberg Philanthropies, lead a webinar on shifting fishers’ behaviors to help curb overfishing.

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Webinar: Behavior Change for Nature
May 14, 2019 | Online

Webinar: Behavior Change for Nature

May 14, 2019

See how the Behavioural Insights Team and Rare’s Center for Behavior & the Environment are expanding the conservationist’s toolkit to include the latest insights from leading behavioral science.

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BE.Hive: Climate Change Needs Behavior Change
March 19, 2019 | Washington, DC, USA

BE.Hive: Climate Change Needs Behavior Change

National Geographic, Washington, DC
March 19, 2019  

This day-long summit explored climate change through the lens of human behavior. Co-sponsored by Rare and National Geographic Society, the summit brought together climate experts, behavioral scientists, entrepreneurs, business leaders, students and others for a conversation about using what we know about human behavior and decision-making to help people reduce their greenhouse gas emissions. It was a day of hope, solutions, and the unexpected.

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