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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
  • New £10m Agile Initiative announced, led by NbSI Director

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    A new Oxford University research programme, The Agile Initiative, has been established to provide rapid solutions to critical environmental issues. Based at the Oxford Martin School with £10 million of funding from the Natural Environment Research Council and led by NbSI Director Professor Nathalie [...] read more
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UK Government responds on the role of NbS for meeting Net Zero

NbSI recently gave evidence to a House of Lords Select Committee investigation into the role NbS could play in meeting Net Zero targets in the UK (Nature-based solutions: rhetoric or reality?) Our key messages were reflected well in the report, which emphasised the need to deliver high quality, evidence-based NbS that are carefully designed to [...] Read more
May 20, 2022
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Temporary nature-based carbon removal can lower peak warming in a well-below 2 °C scenario

Matthews et al. 2022. A recent study in Communications Earth & Environment has found that temporary nature-based carbon storage (NbCS) can decrease the peak temperature increase associated with anthropogenic climate change, but only if implemented as a complement (and not an alternative) to ambitious fossil fuel CO2 emissions reductions. The study utilised a global climate model featuring [...] Read more
May 19, 2022
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CO2RE event on Greenhouse Gas Removal and Innovation

The UK Greenhouse Gas Removal Hub (CO2RE) recently held an event to showcase the latest Greenhouse Gas Removal (GGR) research & innovation, and to highlight its role in effective, sustainable & equitable climate action. Nature-based solutions featured prominently, with a number of speakers highlighting the major contribution they are expected to make in achieving the [...] Read more
May 18, 2022
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Leverhulme Centre for Nature Recovery launches

The Leverhulme Centre for Nature Recovery (LCNR) was launched with an event at the Oxford Botanic Garden on 9 May. The LCNR is being established at the University of Oxford in 2022 for an initial period of ten years. The purpose of the Centre is to draw on and consolidate the world-leading expertise of the University [...] Read more
May 13, 2022
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Sink or swim: Forest Declaration Platform report on the role of IPLCs for NDCs

A recent Forest Declaration Platform briefing paper, ‘Sink or swim: How Indigenous and community lands can make or break nationally determined contributions‘, has been released by researchers from World Resources Institute and Climate Focus, exploring the role that IPLCs play in combating climate change. The briefing paper focuses on IPLCs in four countries – Brazil, Colombia, [...] Read more
May 10, 2022
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Farmer Managed Natural Regeneration in Ghana

The Talensi District is located in the environmentally fragile dryland area of northern Ghana, where almost 80% of the population works in agriculture, fisheries and forestry. Climate change, land clearing and unsustainable agricultural practices are leading to declining agricultural productivity and vulnerability of already marginal rural populations in this region. World Vision Ghana, together with World [...] Read more
May 9, 2022
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NbSI Joins the Circular Bioeconomy Alliance

NbSI has joined the Circular Bioeconomy Alliance (CBA), becoming part of a global movement powered by nature and people. The CBA was established by His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales in 2020, and is facilitated by a Secretariat hosted by the European Forest Institute. It includes large and small intergovernmental organizations, companies, investors, research organizations [...] Read more
May 5, 2022
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New UNCCD report on global land degradation and drought

The second edition of the Global Land Outlook report, GLO2: Land Restoration for Recovery and Resilience, has found that the world’s land area is now 40% degraded, and accelerating. The report states that if the current trend continues, a further 11% of the world’s land surface could be degraded by 2050. The Global Land Outlook (GLO), [...] Read more
May 5, 2022
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Professor Nathalie Seddon appointed to CCC’s Adaptation Committee

NbSI Director Professor Nathalie Seddon has been appointed to the Climate Change Committee’s (CCC) Adaptation Committee, by the UK Government and Governments in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. The Adaptation Committee (AC) consists of experts in climate change impacts, science, environmental economics, conservation, public health and business. They provide independent advice to the UK and devolved [...] Read more
April 29, 2022
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Participatory watershed management in Yunnan province, China

Green Watershed is an environmental NGO based in China that works to maximise the potential for sustainable, integrated watershed development. Also known as the Yunnan Green Watershed Management Research and Promotion Centre, the NGO promotes participatory watershed management as a widespread practice as well as a focus of research and advocacy by civil society organizations. Green [...] Read more
April 20, 2022
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IPCC Climate Change Mitigation report released

The IPCC has finalized the third part of the Sixth Assessment Report, Climate Change 2022: Mitigation of Climate Change, the Working Group III contribution. It was finalised on 4 April during the 14th Session of Working Group III and 56th Session of the IPCC. The Working Group III reports on an updated global assessment of climate [...] Read more
April 11, 2022
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Actions to halt biodiversity loss generally benefit the climate

Shin et al. 2022 A review in Global Change Biology examines conservation actions which have the largest potential for mitigation of climate change, highlighting that conservation actions have a variety of benefits and few trade-offs with climate change mitigation. The study looked at the extent to which actions taken to halt or reverse biodiversity loss have consequences [...] Read more
April 2, 2022

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