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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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Intertidal ecosystem restoration for climate resilience

A new National Trust programme of habitat creation and improvement is being undertaken throughout the River Tamar catchment, at the border between Devon and Cornwall in the UK. The nature-based solution employed through ecosystem restoration and creation of intertidal habitat will improve the region’s resilience to the changing climate, and provide a richer environment for [...] Read more
September 17, 2021
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Effects of large herbivores on fire regimes and wildfire mitigation

A recent study in Journal of Applied Ecology has shown that the presence of large herbivores, such as  domestic livestock, wild and semi-wild herbivores, within landscapes can prevent and mitigate wildfires, particularly in areas facing land abandonment. Rouet-Leduc et al. found that herbivores can provide a cost-effective nature-based solution, that in some instances can replace [...] Read more
September 16, 2021
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New European Commission report on evaluating the impact of Nature-based Solutions

A new report from the European Commission Directorate-General for Research and Innovation, Evaluating the Impact of Nature-Based Solutions: A Summary for Policy Makers, provides a high-level summary for practitioners and policy-makers for assessing the impact of nature-based solutions (NbS). Assessing the impacts of NbS is essential to understand their effectiveness in addressing current interrelated societal challenges. [...] Read more
September 14, 2021
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Climate Week NYC to accelerate climate action and assess progress ahead of COP26

Climate Week NYC is taking place September 20-26 2021 in New York and around the world. The yearly event returns with a focus on bringing together businesses, governments, and organizations to fulfill and increase commitments that accelerate climate action, and to assess progress ahead of COP26. NbSI Director Professor Nathalie Seddon will be speaking in a [...] Read more
September 13, 2021
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IUCN Congress builds momentum on nature-based solutions for biodiversity conservation and climate action

The IUCN World Conservation Congress held 3-11 September 2021 tackled the world’s most pressing environmental challenges, with essential insights addressing the climate and biodiversity crises, as well as focusing on nature-based recovery. The event has three main components: the Members’ Assembly, where IUCN Members vote on priority actions; the Forum, a global marketplace of conservation [...] Read more
September 10, 2021
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WWF release Powering Nature Report on enabling Nature-based Solutions

A new report by WWF explores the barriers blocking nature’s potential and outlines a systemic enabling framework informed by wide-ranging evidence and ideas. The report calls for the unleashing of the power of nature to help solve key societal challenges at local to global scales, while maximising its positive nature-people-climate contribution. WWF is an independent conservation [...] Read more
September 9, 2021
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IUCN annouces collaborative certification scheme for Nature-based Solutions

In an announcement made at the 2021 World Conservation Congress, the IUCN has unveiled a plan to develop a collaborative certification system to ensure that Nature-based Solutions (NbS) actions and impacts are truly sustainable. The NbS certification system will be launched in 2022, and will enable business entities interested in obtaining certification of their NbS interventions [...] Read more
September 8, 2021
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Coastal wetlands mitigate storm flooding and associated costs in estuaries

A recent study published in Environmental Research Letters has found that estuary wetlands such as saltmarshes reduce flooding more than previously thought. The authors created numerical hydrodynamic models of eight Welsh estuaries to simulate storms of varying intensity and coupling flood predictions to damage valuation. They found that in all cases estuary wetlands reduced flooding, [...] Read more
September 2, 2021
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The IUCN World Conservation Congress approaches

The IUCN World Conservation Congress, running 3-11 September 2021 both in-person in Marseille, France, and online, is where the world comes together to set priorities and drive conservation and sustainable development action. IUCN’s 1400+ government, civil society and indigenous peoples’ Member organisations vote on major issues, action which guides humanity’s relationship with our planet for [...] Read more
September 1, 2021
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COP26 Universities Network briefing: net-zero solutions and research priorities for the 2020s

A new briefing paper published by the COP26 Universities Network sets out the key net-zero solutions and policy actions that can be implemented now, as well as the priority areas for research to focus on during the 2020s in order to achieve the required emissions reductions for net zero. Achieving the UK’s net-zero target by 2050 [...] Read more
August 25, 2021
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Natural Climate Solutions Alliance release Carbon Credits corporate guidance

A new guide published by the Natural Climate Solutions Alliance (NCS Alliance), Natural Climate Solutions for Corporates, provides direction on the use of Natural Climate Solutions (NCS) carbon credits as part of a climate strategy to help corporates meet their climate commitments and steer a pathway towards net zero, whilst also channelling much needed investment [...] Read more
August 24, 2021
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Biodiversity needs every tool in the box: use OECMs

Gurney et al. 2021 A recent comment piece in Nature argues that Other Effective area-based Conservation Measures (OECMs) provide a mechanism to support effective biodiversity conservation, while protecting the rights and livelihoods of local & Indigenous communities. OECMs are designated areas that are achieving the effective in-situ conservation of biodiversity outside of protected areas. The guiding principles, [...] Read more
August 23, 2021

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