The Path to Inclusive Climate Action: Transforming the Role of Nature and Human Activity

15 MARCH, 10:50-14:00 EET

We have entered a new age – the ‘Anthropocene’ – one where human activity has become the dominant influence on the biosphere. Humanity faces an urgent choice; we can continue down a path where our demands on nature far exceeded its capacity to supply the goods and services on which we all rely, or one where our engagement with nature is not only sustainable, but also enhances our collective prosperity and well-being.

The unprecedented effects of climate change have led to the emergence of inclusive dialogue between different actors. Elevating voices of those outside governments is key to the success of reaching the global net-zero. In light of the upcoming COP26, the British Embassy Vilnius is creating a platform for inclusive dialogue with NGOs, experts and academia on the role of nature and traditionally climate unfriendly sectors – transportation and agriculture.

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The Path to Inclusive Climate Action: Transforming the Role of Nature and Human Activity

15 MARCH, 10:50 – 14:00 EET

 

MODERATOR: Ignas Kinčinas, Programme Director at Laisvės TV (Lithuania)

Transforming the Role of Nature (morning session)

10:50-11:00

Opening remarks: Brian Olley, British Ambassador to Lithuania

11:00-11:10

Implementing Nature-based Solutions in the UK: Challenges and Opportunities

Christopher Moss, Nature-based solutions Intern, UK Green Building Council (UK)

11:10-11:20

What is Land Use, Land-Use Change and Forestry (LULUCF) and why it is important in greenhouse gas emission calculation?

Lina Paškevičiūtė, Chair of Environmental Coalition (Lithuania)

11:20-12:05

Panel discussion: What is the role of nature and nature-based solutions in climate mitigation and adaptation?

Moderator: Vaida Pilibaitytė, Radio Producer at LRT (Lithuania)

Panellists:

Justas Kažys, Associate Professor at Institute of Geosciences, Vilnius University (Lithuania)
Nerijus Zableckis, Ecologist, nature management specialist and Director at Foundation for Peatlands (Lithuania)
Ojārs Balcers, Climate Expert, Latvian Fund for Nature (Latvia)
Paul de Zylva, Senior Sustainability Analyst, Friends of the Earth (UK)

12:05-12:45

Break

Transforming Transportation and Agriculture (afternoon session)

12:45-12:55

COP26 Zero Emission Vehicle Campaign

Isobel Neale, European lead for the COP26 Zero Emission Vehicles campaign, Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (UK)

12:55-13:05

COP26 work on Supply Chains in Agricultural Sector

David Saddington, Head of COP26 Nature Campaign, Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (UK)

13:05-13:50

Panel discussion: From climate unfriendly to climate neutral: Transforming transportation and agriculture for the common good

Moderator: Vaida Pilibaitytė, Radio Producer at LRT (Lithuania)

Panellists:

Domantas Tracevičius, Founder of Circular Economy (Lithuania)
Julia Poliscanova, Senior Director for Vehicles and Emobility, Transport & Environment (Belgium)
Vicki Hird, Head of Sustainable Farming Campaign, Sustain (UK)
Lauri Tammiste, Director, Stockholm Environment Institute Tallinn (Estonia)

13:50-14:00

Closing remarks: Brian Olley, British Ambassador to Lithuania

SPEAKERS

Ignas Kinčinas

Programme Director at Laisvės TV

Ignas Kinčinas holds Master’s degree in Public Policy Analysis and Administration from Vilnius University. His professional career started at Lithuanian National Radio and Television (LRT), where he worked as a foreign news editor. Ignas worked in various international events such as the EU Council and NATO Summits. After six years at LRT, he started to work as News producer (Head of news) at Laisvės TV in 2020. Soon after, he was promoted and now take up responsibilities of Programme Director at Laisvės TV.

Brian Olley

British Ambassador to Lithuania

Brian Olley was appointed Her Majesty’s Ambassador to the Republic of Lithuania in September 2019. Brian joined the Foreign & Commonwealth Office (FCO) in 2002 and previous to this role was British High Commissioner in Cameroon. 

His FCO career has covered a wide range of roles including working in Cyprus, Afghanistan and Finland. Mr Olley started his career in Her Majesty’s Forces where he served in New York (on secondment to the United Nations), Hong Kong, Nepal, Germany, Canada and the UK.

Christopher Moss

Nature-based Solutions Intern, UK Green Building Council

Chris is a Nature-based Solutions researcher, currently working with the UK Green Building Council on their Nature and Biodiversity work programmes. He is also a doctoral researcher at the University of Manchester, where his PhD is investigating how Green Infrastructure policies and practices can be implemented through forms of community-led planning in the UK.

Lina Paškevičiūtė

Chair of Environmental Coalition in Lithuania

Lina Paškevičiūtė leads Environmental Coalition – an umbrella organization uniting Lithuanian environmental NGOs – since 2018. Lina has obtained MA degree in computer science and has 10 years of volunteering experience in non-governmental sector. Prior to her professional career in environmental NGO, for 20 years Lina has worked as IT system developer, business analyst and project manager in such Lithuanian and international companies as Affecto, Barclays, Danske Bank.

Vaida Pilibaitytė

Radio Producer at LRT

Vaida Pilibaitytė is an award-winning radio producer and author of a weekly environment programme on the Lithuanian public broadcaster LRT RADIJAS.

Justas Kažys

Associate Professor at the Institute of Geosciences at Vilnius University

Justas Kažys is an Associate Professor at the Institute of Geosciences at Vilnius University. He has more than 15 years of experience in teaching and his research interests include applied meteorology and practical implementation of climate research in different sectors. Recently he is focusing on interdisciplinary interactions between natural, social, communication and political aspects of climate change.

Nerijus Zableckis

Ecologist, nature management specialist and Director at Foundation for Peatlands

Nerijus has many years of experience as a head of organizations, leading national and international projects in the fields of biodiversity and habitat restoration. Since 2012, he has focused on wetland and peatland protection issues, climate change issues in the land use, land use change and forestry sectors. Member of the International Peat Organization (IPS).

Ojārs Balcers

Climate Expert, Latvian Fund for Nature

Ojārs Balcers works at the Latvian Fund for Nature as Climate Expert. Ojārs’ topics of interest are Material Science and Environment. Besides climate, his recent research interests have been non-invasive IR sensor development for Vitamin D gauging, image analysis and deposit return systems for beverage containers.

Paul de Zylva

Senior Sustainability Analyst, Friends of the Earth

Paul leads Friends of the Earth’s work on nature including the links between nature and climate including the UNFCCC and CBD COPs and the growing interest in Nature-based Solutions.
He designed and led The Bee Cause campaign to reverse the plight of Britain’s 267 bee species and other vital pollinators. The campaign persuaded UK governments to draw up the National Pollinator Strategy and convened a new consensus for action across public, private, scientific and land owning sectors. Paul also helped design and run Nature Alert, the campaign to defend the European Union’s habitats and birds directives, the nature laws that protect many of Europe’s most important habitats and species.

Isobel Noel

European lead for the COP26 Zero Emission Vehicles campaign, Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

Isobel Neale leads the European work for the COP26 campaign on Zero Emission Vehicles (or ZEVs) within the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy. The campaign, which is a priority under the UK COP Presidency, aims to double the pace of the global transition to ZEVs so that by 2040 all new car and van sales are zero emission.

David Saddington

Head of COP26 Nature Campaign, Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy

David Saddington is the Head of the COP26 Nature Campaign at the UK Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS) and has been a long-standing environmental activist since he was 13, when severe flooding in his hometown gave him a stark introduction into the impacts of climate change.
A seasoned policy advisor and climate science communicator he has advised Governments around the world on international policy and led sustainability strategies for multi-national businesses.

Domantas Tracevičius

Founder of Circular Economy

Domantas Tracevičius heads environmental NGO “Ziedine ekonomika”, which promotes Lithuanian economy transformation towards circular on national, municipal and corporate levels. Also, he is actively involved in educating youth about environmental and climate change issues and how to solve them. Domantas has spent more than 10 years in waste management and has been involved in many projects in Lithuania, including very innovative such as waste-to- insect protein. In his free time Domantas volunteers in free things exchange spots (Stotelės Dėk’ui) and European Composting Network board.

Julia Poliscanova

Senior Director for Vehicles and Emobility, Transport & Environment

Julia joined T&E in June 2015 and now leads the clean vehicles programme that is responsible for all cars related work. This includes policy and projects on car emissions and emobility, such as work on sustainable batteries and infrastructure for electric vehicles. She previously worked for the Mayor of London and in the European Parliament. During her four years in the parliament, she was head of office and advisor to Fiona Hall MEP, and followed EU legislation on renewables, energy efficiency and sustainable transport in the industry, research and energy committee.

Lauri Tammiste

Director, Stockholm Environment Institute Tallinn

Lauri Tammiste started working as the director of Stockholm Environment Institute Tallinn in 2016. He has extensive and interdisciplinary experience in energy, energy efficiency and innovation policy design, analysis and program management. During his 7 years at the Estonian Ministry of Economic Affairs and Communications he was in various positions responsible for shaping the national renewable energy plan, national R&D and innovation strategy, designing and launching new support programs for energy efficiency and renewable energy and R&D, coordinating and carrying out ex-ante and ex-post policy evaluations, international cooperation and representing Estonia in various European Commission, OECD, IEA and Nordic-Baltic working groups.

Vicki Hird

Head of Sustainable Farming Campaign, Sustain

Vicki Hird MSc FRES is an award winning expert, author, strategist and senior manager who has been working on environment, food and farming issues for over 30 years. As part- time Head of Sustainable Farming at Sustain, Vicki manages the farm team, policy, research and related campaigning and provides comment and guidance on these issues.
Prior to this role, she was director of Campaigns and Policy at War on Want. Previously she was the Senior Campaigner heading up the Land use, Food and Water Programme for Friends of the Earth. She was Policy Director of Sustain, 1999 – 2004 which she founded in 2000 after merging SAFE alliance which she ran with the National Food Alliance. Vicki also runs an independent consultancy on campaign strategy and research (including for RSPB, WSPA, The Sustainable Development Commission, Greenpeace, The Plunkett Foundation and HEAL).
She has launched many major food and environment campaigns, from local to global in scope, has blogged frequently and published numerous reports and articles on the sustainability of food systems and a book, ‘Perfectly Safe to Eat?’ (Women’s Press 2000).
She has an academic background in pest management and is a Fellow of the Royal Entomological Society. Vicki is on the board of the Eating Better Alliance and has sat on numerous charity boards and government advisory groups over the years.