Rowan PALMER is a Programme Management Officer at UNEP’s Resources and Markets Branch in Geneva, where he leads the Sustainable Infrastructure Partnership and coordinates UNEP’s implementation of UNEA Resolution 4/5 on sustainable infrastructure. Prior to joining UNEP Rowan worked as an environmental manager for large-scale transportation infrastructure projects in his home province of British Columbia, Canada. Rowan holds a Bachelor’s degree in International Development and Environment Studies from McGill University in Montreal and a Master’s degree in International Relations from Instituto de Empresa in Madrid.
Joseph PRICE is a Policy Specialist at UNEP, where he is part of a team coordinating the implementation of the UN Environment Assembly resolution on sustainable and resilient infrastructure. His responsibilities include leading consultations and case studies, and he has overseen projects in Central Asia and Chile. He has a background in research and policy advice in Sri Lanka, Tajikistan, Bolivia and the UK, with a focus on the politics of natural resources. Joseph holds an MPhil in International Relations and Politics from the University of Cambridge, and a BA from King's College London's Department of Political Economy. He is a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society.
The class will introduce the concept of sustainable infrastructure, before zooming in on nature-based infrastructure specifically as related to climate change. It will explain how nature-based infrastructure can provide critical benefits for addressing both the climate change adaptation and mitigation components of the Paris Agreement.
When & Where?
Wednesday 6th December at 2PM CET (check your time zone).
Online videoconference Zoom.
- International Good Practice Principles for Sustainable Infrastructure (UNEP, 2022)
- Nature-based infrastructure: how natural infrastructure solutions can address sustainable development challenges and the triple planetary crisis (UNEP, 2023)
- A playbook for nature-positive infrastructure development (FIDIC, WWF, AECOM, 2023)
- Infrastructure for climate action (UNOPS, 2021)
- Sustainable Infrastructure Tool Navigator
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