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  • Role of NbS for Climate Change Adaptation in UK Policy

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    Just ahead of tomorrow's Climate Ambition Summit, this report considers the important role of nature-based solutions (NbS) in climate change adaptation policy for the UK and its fourteen overseas territories. The report was written by NbSI, in collaboration with WWF and RSPB; together we will work w [...] read more
  • On the misuse of nature-based carbon ‘offsets’

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    Nature-based solutions (NbS*) are being misused for greenwashing. Promoting NbS as carbon 'offsets' while continuing business as usual in fossil fuel use is not a solution to climate change. In fact, it can encourage continued or even increased fossil fuel consumption leading to more emissions o [...] read more
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Nature-based Solutions can help cool the planet – if we act now

This publication in Nature clarifies the role of NbS in climate change mitigation by presenting the projected effect of worldwide implementation of NbS on global temperatures. This approach differs from previous calculations of the climate change mitigation potential of NbS, which have focused solely on the amount of carbon that NbS could remove from the [...] Read more
May 12, 2021
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Panel discussion on Working with Nature for Sustainable Development

NbSI Director, Nathalie Seddon, spoke on the role of nature-based solutions in biodiversity conservation and sustainable development, in a rich discussion with two world-leading scientists. Dr Susan Chomba leads the World Resources Institute’s work on forest landscape restoration, nature-based solutions, sustainable agriculture and rural livelihoods in Africa, and is Director of Vital Landscapes. Sir Robert [...] Read more
May 7, 2021
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Seagrass Seeds of Recovery

We are thrilled to be partaking in a new project – Seagrass Seeds of Recovery – which will set up the first seagrass nursery in the UK and initiate a seagrass restoration project on the east coast. Our role will be developing a carbon code for seagrass in the UK, which will allow carbon credits [...] Read more
May 7, 2021
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Artist in Residence

The Oxford Art Biodiversity and Climate (ABC) Network is facilitating an artist in residence programme across biodiversity and climate research groups at the university. We are thrilled to be partnered with Alice Hackney, a student at the Ruskin School of Art. Alice is a concept-driven artist, with a particular interest in human relationships with the [...] Read more
May 7, 2021
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NbS Peru to be hosted by the Instituto de Montaña

Exciting news! We are pleased to announce that the Nature-based Solutions Initiative in Peru (NbsI Peru) will hereafter be hosted by the Instituto de Montaña (IdM), a non-profit organization dedicated to the conservation of mountains through the affirmation of its cultures and communities since 1995. IdM supports men and women in Andean communities to thrive [...] Read more
May 7, 2021
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Net Zero tool library

Oxford Net Zero have launched an online library allowing you to search and filter hundreds of free tools designed to help businesses, policy makers and organisations to achieve net zero emissions. Tools range from those for measuring greenhouse gas emissions and developing net zero strategies, to identifying quality offset projects and reporting progress. Explore the [...] Read more
May 6, 2021
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What is transdisciplinarity, and how can we achieve it?

Alexandre Chausson, NbSI Researcher, co-authored a blog with Lydia Cole (University of St Andrews) exploring how transdisciplinary teams can achieve research impact. Transdisciplinarity differs from interdisciplinarity in that it involves bringing together different knowledge systems beyond academia, such as practitioner knowledge or local and indigenous knowledge, to co-produce knowledge for impact. Drawing from a workshop [...] Read more
May 6, 2021
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NbS Bangladesh update

Dr Haseeb Irfanullah, a member of NbS Bangladesh, has recently published two news articles on NbS. The first explores opportunities for NbS in urban areas in Bangladesh. The second acknowledges that there can be confusion as to what counts as an NbS, and explains how to know when an intervention is an NbS or not. Remember [...] Read more
May 6, 2021
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Peru’s Environment Minister highlights NbS at Leaders’ Summit

On the 22nd and 23rd of April, the US hosted the 2021 Leaders’ Summit on Climate. In this event, the Peruvian Minister of Environment Gabriel Quijandría shared key actions that Peru is taking on nature-based solutions (NbS). Speaking from Machu Picchu, a place recognized as the peak of development for Andean civilization, he highlighted the [...] Read more
May 6, 2021
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Leveraging nature-based solutions to reconnect people and nature

Alexandre Chausson (NbSI) together with Annie Welden (University of Oxford) and Marina Melanidis (Youth4Nature) have written a perspective piece on leveraging NbS to reconnect people and nature. The authors argue that for NbS to support transformative change, people and nature need to be seen not as separate entities, but as intimately connected. They propose an [...] Read more
May 6, 2021
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COP26 Universities Network Briefing: NbS for climate change, people and biodiversity

The COP26 Universities Network has published a briefing paper on nature-based solutions, to which NbSI members contributed. The brief provides seven key messages on how to implement NbS successfully in the UK, and through UK-funded initiatives abroad; the four NbS guidelines are highlighted as crucial for NbS programmes to deliver their promised benefits. The report [...] Read more
May 6, 2021
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The Lowering Emissions by Accelerating Forest finance (LEAF) Coalition

The LEAF Coalition, launched in April, will provide public and private finance to national governments for tropical forest protection. Participants in the initial phase include the governments of Norway, the UK and US, and companies such as Amazon, GSK, McKinsey, Nestlé and Unilever. $1 billion is promised in the first call for proposals which closes [...] Read more
May 6, 2021

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