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  • 1st draft of the post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework released

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    On 12 July 2021, the 1st draft of the post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework debuted. This comes ahead of the 15th meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity (COP15) in October, to develop the post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework. With 21 action targets [...] 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 in Latin America and the Caribbean

A new Nature-based Solutions (NbS) Valuation Report by Northeastern University and UNDP on climate-informed cost-benefit analysis in Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) region has recently been released. Over the last decade, UNDP has worked with countries to deploy NbS as an approach to meeting the multiple interconnected challenges of climate change disruption to local economies, [...] Read more
July 30, 2021
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NbSI director discusses Nature-based Solutions for disaster risk reduction.

NbSI Director Nathalie Seddon recently joined Mami Mizutori, the Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNDRR), and Dr. Krishna S. Vatsu, member of India’s National Disaster Management Authority, to discuss the importance of nature-based solutions for disaster and climate resilience. Part of the ‘conversation with Mami’ podcast series, the discussion supported the [...] Read more
July 28, 2021
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A trade-off between plant and soil carbon storage under elevated CO2

Terrer et al. 2021 A recent study in Nature revealed that there’s a push and pull between sequestering of carbon dioxide by plants and soil in response to greenhouse gas emissions. Such a trade-off may mean that current climate models overestimate the removal of atmospheric CO₂ by forests. By analysing over 100 experiments that exposed different habitats [...] Read more
July 28, 2021
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Framing “nature-based” solutions to climate change

Osaka, S. et al. 2021 This paper explores the framing, definitions, and context of  “nature-based” or “natural” solutions in the protection, conservation, restoration, management, enhancement, or imitation of natural ecosystems, and in both mitigating and adapting to climate change. The framing of particular solutions as “natural” or “unnatural” has far-reaching implications for climate policy, but has [...] Read more
July 27, 2021
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Climate Action Network UK “Nature-based Solutions in Action” report released

The new Bond Nature-based Solutions (NbS) report “Nature-based Solutions in Action: Lessons from the Frontline. Harnessing nature to address the triple emergency of poverty, climate change, and biodiversity loss”, from the Climate Action Network UK (CAN-UK) Nature-based Solutions Working Group, launched on 27 July 2021. The report highlights successful best-practice examples of NbS in different landscapes [...] Read more
July 27, 2021
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New Community Forest in the North East of England

A new Community Forest in the North East of England has been announced by Defra, England Community Forests and local councils, to bring people closer to nature in the region. The initiative will bring together six local authorities – including Newcastle City Countil, Durham County Council, Gateshead Council, North and South Tyneside Council, and Sunderland City Council – [...] Read more
July 26, 2021
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New £12.5m pilot programme on NbS for Climate Change at the Landscape Scale in the UK

A new Defra – BEIS project on Nature-based Solutions for Climate Change at the Landscape Scale has been announced, supported by the UK Treasury’s Shared Outcomes Fund and led by Natural England, the Environment Agency, the Forestry Commission and RBG Kew. Natural England will manage the project, including identifying the pilot study areas, establishing relationships with [...] Read more
July 26, 2021
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New biodiversity algorithm risks devaluing valuable wildlife habitat

A recent Guardian article has outlined the warnings from academics and conservationists that the biodiversity net gain (BNG) metric 3.0, recently published by Natural England, must be urgently improved to avoid penalising rewilding and letting valuable wildlife habitat be classed as ‘degraded’ land. The BNG 3.0 metric outlines how new roads, houses and other building projects [...] Read more
July 23, 2021
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IUCN launches Nature-based Solutions professional certificate

The International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) is launching its first professional certificate in Nature-based Solutions. This programme will provide individuals with IUCN-certified credentials, covering the necessary skills and knowledge to assess and start designing Nature-based Solutions. As knowledge and adoption of NbS  continues to gain momentum around the world, efforts are needed to [...] Read more
July 23, 2021
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Ecosystem-based adaptation in Lake Victoria Basin, Kenya

A recent paper by Agol et al. in Royal Society Open Science explores the role of Ecosystem-based adaptation (EbA) in reconciling socio-economic development with the conservation and restoration of nature in Lake Victoria Basin, Kenya, East Africa. Using selected ecosystems in the Lake region, the paper identifies key EbA approaches and explores trade-offs and synergies at [...] Read more
July 22, 2021
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Coastal Wetland restoration in the UK and France

In a joint project between the EU programme Interreg FCE and the Environment Agency, Project PACCo (Promoting Adaptation to Changing Coasts) will restore 100 hectares of coastal wetland at two pilot sites – the Otter Estuary in Devon (UK) and Saane Valley in Normandy (France). The restoration of this land will enable better management of [...] Read more
July 22, 2021
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Taskforce on Nature-related Financial Disclosures (TNFD) launched

On June 4th 2021, the Taskforce on Nature-related Financial Disclosures (TNFD) formally launched. The taskforce aims to provide financial institutions and corporations with guidance on their environmental risks and opportunities. Four founding partners brought together the TNFD – Global Canopy, United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the United Nations Environment Programme’s Finance Initiative (UNEP FI) and WWF. [...] Read more
July 20, 2021

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