The second speaker Mariángeles Viqueira from Buenos Aires presented the role of civil society organization in NBS. In the beginning, she highlighted that stakeholder participation is crucial throughout the policymaking process, not only during the agenda-setting or diagnosis but also in the implementation and evaluation to bring accountability and transparency. In Buenos Aires, citizen participation was ensured through the involvement of Civil Society Organizations (CSO) in building a greener city. As a part of the UNaLab project, the ‘Six Thinking Hats’ tool was employed for semi-structured descriptive and qualitative surveys and interviews during the data collection and analysis process.
She also showcased some of the NBS initiative for the Climate Action plan 2050
for Buenos Aires.
In the end Mariángeles asked participants for their opinions on the role of CSO related to climate resilience and nature-based solutions. Most participants agreed that CSO are crucial for expressing community interests, promoting human rights and also for the topic of climate resilience. However, there was a bit of skepticism if they would be independent of political interests.