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  • 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
  • What Can Nature offer COP26, and vice versa?

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    ‘Nature is our life support system' says Professor Nathalie Seddon in a new video from the University of Oxford, 'and to achieve the goals of the Paris Agreement, it is critical that we work with nature'. Professor Seddon is one of around 30 official ‘friends’ of COP26, is a member of the U [...] read more
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COP26 Week Two Round Up: negotiations and decisions made on nature and climate

Week two of COP26 saw a shift from the headline sectorial announcements and pledges of week one, and a move to work on implementation and intense negotiations between ministers, heads of delegations, and supporting ‘issue leads’. Under the Paris Climate Agreement every five years countries must strengthen their climate commitments, giving this year’s COP its [...] Read more
November 12, 2021
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COP26 Week One Round Up: major announcements on nature and climate

The first week of COP26 saw a blizzard of announcements, with a particular focus on forests and agriculture. The World Leaders Summit at the start of the week saw the announcement of the Glasgow Leaders Forest Declaration – 133 countries (and counting) have committed to halt and reverse deforestation and land degradation by 2030, with the [...] Read more
November 8, 2021
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New Global Map of best-practice Nature-based Solutions launches at COP26

Today sees the release of our new interactive global map of best practice examples of nature-based solutions across the world, funded by the British Academy, launched at the COP26 Climate Summit in Glasgow. The interactive map links nature-based solutions to climate change adaptation and mitigation outcomes based on a systematic review of the peer-reviewed and grey [...] Read more
November 8, 2021
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Ensuring nature-based solutions support both biodiversity and climate change adaptation

New research examines whether nature-based solutions can deliver a win-win for biodiversity and climate change adaptation. Our recent study reviewed the effects of nature-based interventions for climate change adaptation on different metrics of ecosystem health (such as the diversity of species, their population sizes, or soil and water quality). Most interventions with positive outcomes for climate [...] Read more
November 6, 2021
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Nature-based solutions can reduce vulnerability to climate change

Our recent research examines the role of nature-based solutions (NbS) in addressing climate vulnerability in Bangladesh and rural Global South in general, and on ensuring NbS support both biodiversity and climate change adaptation. We have summarised the key findings from these studies for policymakers in three briefings. Bangladesh This briefing ‘Tackling climate change with nature-based solutions in Bangladesh’ [...] Read more
November 6, 2021
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Nature-based Solutions in Action in the UK – Nature Day documentaries launch at COP26

Research shows that further climate warming and biodiversity loss are now unavoidable but that we still have time to make a lasting difference: i.e. to keep warming below dangerous levels, stop further depletion of the diversity of life on Earth and make the world a better and just place for all. In 2021 the international community [...] Read more
November 5, 2021
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Nature-based Solutions at COP26

The formal opening of the COP26 Climate Change conference took place on 31 Oct 2021. COP is the decision-making body responsible for monitoring and reviewing the implementation of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).  It brings together the 197 nations and territories – called Parties – that have signed on to the [...] Read more
November 4, 2021
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Tackling vulnerability to climate change in Bangladesh and the rural Global South with nature-based solutions

Today at COP26 we launch two briefings, based on new studies, on the role of nature-based solutions (NbS) in addressing climate vulnerability in Bangladesh and rural Global South in general. Bangladesh This briefing ‘Tackling climate change with nature-based solutions in Bangladesh’ summarises a review by Smith et al. (in press) that found robust evidence that NbS can [...] Read more
November 4, 2021
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COP26 highlight: Global Leaders pledge to end deforestation by 2030

November 2nd is a big day for nature & forests at COP26. Over 100 world leaders are to commit to halt and reverse deforestation & land degradation by 2030, with the backing of major forest countries including Brazil, Indonesia and Democratic Republic of the Congo. This is to be enabled due to a pledge from 12 [...] Read more
November 2, 2021
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New AI NbS Policy Tracker launched by Nature4Climate

A new Nature-Based Solutions (NbS) Policy Tracker has been launched at COP26 by Nature4Climate and Metabolic. The developed tracker is the first to use AI and machine learning to identify legislation and investment plans for NbS to assess their effectiveness. Investment into NbS needs to triple by 2030 and increase fourfold by 2050 for the world [...] Read more
November 1, 2021
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Make Change Happen podcast: NbSI joins discussion on including nature in NDCs

In a recent episode of the IIED Make Change Happen podcast, NbSI’s Nathalie Seddon and others explored why it is important to include nature in Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) and how to increase ambition and actions for nature and climate to address the crises of climate change, nature loss and rising inequalities. Countries that signed [...] Read more
November 1, 2021

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