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NbS in the News

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Cloud forest & páramo NbS for water security in Colombia

In April this year Colombia experienced 40% lower rainfall than expected, leading to water shortages during the height of the pandemic. As climate change progresses, Colombian water security will be increasingly threatened with knock-on effects for agriculture, health, and hydroelectric power which generates 73% of the country’s electricity. It is clear that steps must be [...] Read more August 25, 2020

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IUCN examples of NbS providing multiple benefits

IUCN provide short summaries of NbS being successfully integrated on the ground, including:

Agroforestry in Rwanda enabling people to send children to school Integration of shrimp farming with mangrove protection and management in Viet Nam Conservation agricultural providing food security in Mozambique Forest landscape restoration in Malawi with information disseminated by a radio programme Stabilisation of roads in Nepal by [...] Read more August 25, 2020
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Poverty alleviation in Indonesia protects forests

The correlation between reduced deforestation and poverty alleviation has been well known for years. However, Ferraro and Simorangkir (2020) looked at the direction of causation in Indonesia for the first time. They found that a programme providing households with cash, in return for taking specific health- or education-related actions, resulted in a decrease in [...] Read more August 22, 2020

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Low-carbon recovery is the best option for Brazil

A new study – A New Economy for a New Era: Elements for Building a More Efficient and Resilient Economy in Brazil – finds that a low-carbon, climate-resilient recovery for Brazil would provide more benefits for the country than continuing the current development model. Compared to business-as-usual a low-carbon economic recovery could provide:

A net [...] Read more August 14, 2020
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Five policy recommendations for nature

Business for Nature brought together over 200 companies from 15 sectors, and many additional organisations, to create five policy recommendations for to help protect and restore nature:

Provide direction and ambition by adopting ambitious targets to reverse nature loss Increase coherence in UN governance by aligning policies for nature, people and climate, and ensure effective enforcement of [...] Read more July 25, 2020
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IUCN Global Standard for Nature-based Solutions

On 23rd July 2020 the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) launched a Global Standard for nature-based solutions (NbS). Through a two-year consultation process involving almost 1000 people, IUCN created this set of criteria to define what constitute successful and sustainable NbS. They can be used as guidance by governments, businesses, NGOs, communities [...] Read more July 24, 2020

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Launch of Task Force on Nature-related Financial Disclosures

Back in 2017, the Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosures (TCFD) published voluntary guidelines for reporting risks that climate change poses for business, investments and loans. Now an equivalent set of guidelines is being made for nature-related risk – the creation of a new Task Force on Nature-related Financial Disclosures (TNFD) framework was [...] Read more July 22, 2020

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WEF: Nature-led COVID recovery could create $10tn/year

The World Economic Forum’s New Nature Economy report, published in July 2020, found that prioritising nature in the COVID recovery strategy could generate 400 million jobs and $10 trillion per year. Important components of such a strategy are ending the $2 billion of damaging subsidies given daily to agriculture; such subsidies must be redirected at [...] Read more July 16, 2020

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Unilever makes new sustainability commitments

The consumer goods giant Unilever, which owns over 400 brands, has already committed to Science Based Targets for zero emissions in operations by 2030. In June 2020 they set out new commitments to sustainability, including:

Deforestation-free supply chain by 2023 Providing water stewardship programmes to 100 water-stressed locations by 2030 Net-zero emissions for all products by 2039 Helping [...] Read more July 11, 2020
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The costs, benefits & economic implications of protecting 30% of the planet for nature

Protecting 30% of the world’s land and oceans is proposed as a target for the draft post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework. This report finds that the benefits of such protection would outweigh the costs at least 5-to-1, providing new evidence that wildlife conservation drives economic growth in addition to non-financial benefits, and is critical for creating [...] Read more July 10, 2020

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