Walter Jehne, Thomas Goreau, Jan Lambert, Michal Kravcik: Water and Climate Policy Panel

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Policy panel: Building Water Cycles into the International Climate Debate

Walter Jehne, Tom Goreau and Jan Lambert with Michal Kravčík each speak on the opportunities for broadening the debate over climate as we approach COP21 in Paris. How do we take it beyond the current global focus on carbon dioxide reduction to deploying methods for hydrological cooling that directly relieve climate extremes.

Walter Jehne was trained as a microbiologist and over decades has worked in Australian business and government settings. He has led initiatives to recognize the climate value of the “in-soil reservoir”, the potential of carbon-rich soil to buffer climate extremes. He describes his strategic vision for expanding the awareness of water cycles in global climate policy.

Jan Lambert speaks as co-author with Michal Kravcik of the Global Action Plan, included in her new book Water, Land and Climate – the Critical Connection.

Thomas Goreau has long and patient experience in consulting and advising small nations in UN climate bodies. He describes the policy landscape for advancing ecological restoration, both inside and outside those official organizations.

Presented at Biodiversity for a Livable Climate’s “Restoring Water Cycles to Reverse Global Warming” conference October 16th-18th, 2015 at Tufts University.

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