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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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Highlighting best-practice for integration of NbS into revised NDCs

The NbSI team are in the process of updating our Nature-based Solutions (NbS) Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) Policy Platform. The platform makes information about climate change adaptation planning across the globe openly available, easy and interesting to explore. Pledges are linked to the underlying evidence, and will highlight the prominence of integration of NbS in [...] Read more
October 28, 2021
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New Global Map of best-practice Nature-based Solutions to launch at COP26

A new interactive global map of best practice examples of nature-based solutions across the world, funded by the British Academy, will be launched on 8th November 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 literature. Case [...] Read more
October 27, 2021
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Nature-Based Solutions and the Green Economy – British Academy COP26 briefing

A new briefing which synthesizes evidence from research and practice has been published, as part of the British Academy COP26 Briefings series. The briefing by Dr Leslie Mabon, Lecturer in Environmental Systems at the Open University, explores the ways in which nature-based solutions (NbS) may contribute to a green economy, and also identifies some of the [...] Read more
October 25, 2021
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Artwork by NbSI Artist-in-residence shown in Paris Exhibition

A new artwork ‘How we see it’ by Alice Hackney, the NbSI Artist-in-residence, has been commissioned and displayed as part of the exhibition ‘Among the Garbage and the Flowers’ by the Art, Biodiversity and Climate (ABC) Network, which brings together artists and scientists to bridge the gap that separates the Humanities (and, more specifically, the [...] Read more
October 25, 2021
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Time to integrate global climate change and biodiversity science-policy agendas

Pettorelli et al., 2021 A recent study in Journal of Applied Ecology, co-authoured by NbSI’s Prof Nathalie Seddon, reviews the current set of political and scientific propositions for jointly addressing the fundamentally connected threats posed by the climate and biodiversity crises, as a more integrated global approach is essential to tackle these two global challenges. The use [...] Read more
October 21, 2021
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Land-based measures to mitigate climate change: Potential and feasibility by country

Roe et al., 2021 A recent study in Global Change Biology estimates the land-based mitigation potential (technical and cost-effective), related land footprints, mitigation density potential, and feasibility of 20 land and demand management activities for over 200 countries. The study developed and adapted 25 “bottom-up” sectoral databases and 6 integrated assessment models (IAMs), with new data [...] Read more
October 18, 2021
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NbS Guidelines highlighted in House of Lords S&T committee letter to COP26 President

The House of Lords Science and Technological Committee, chaired by Lord Patel, has written to RH Alok Sharma in his capacity as President for COP26 to highlight the role that nature-based solutions could play in the negotiations, as part of their ongoing inquiry into nature-based solutions. The letter emphasised the importance of adhering to the [...] Read more
October 16, 2021
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Featuring in international news in COP15 and COP26 buildup

We have provided commentary to a range of news outlets as coverage builds on biodiversity and nature as part 1 of COP15 has taken place 11-15th October 2021, and COP26 nears in November. The world’s biodiversity is on the brink. Can a UN summit make a difference?. Commentary in the Independent on what is at stake [...] Read more
October 15, 2021
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Sir David Attenborough animation marks Royal Society biodiversity launch

In a new animated short film from the Royal Society, Sir David Attenborough explores why we need biodiversity and what we must do now to protect it. The film premiered on Monday 11 October 2021 to coincide with a new report co-authored by NbSI Director Professor Nathalie Seddon: ‘Climate change and biodiversity: Interlinkages and policy [...] Read more
October 11, 2021
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Outlining COP26 NbS goals in Oxford COP Conversations Event

During the first edition of the Oxford University ‘COP Conversations‘ Series, NbSI Director Nathalie Seddon discussed the role of Nature-based Solutions (NbS) in addressing climate change and the need for their inclusion in COP26 commitments (see also: “What are ‘Nature-based Solutions’ to climate change?”). Nathalie highlighted that the United National Climate Summit, COP26, taking place from [...] Read more
October 8, 2021
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The UK’s Footprint on Global Biodiversity – UK Government report

A new Environmental Audit Committee (EAC) report – The UK’s Footprint on Global Biodiversity –  states that unsustainable consumption is threatening biodiversity and must be tackled by the Government and businesses in order to protect species. The report follows the recently published ‘Biodiversity in the UK: bloom or bust?‘ which examined the state of biodiversity in the [...] Read more
October 1, 2021
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NbSI-WWF-RSPB report on Nature-based Solutions in UK Climate Adaptation Policy

Our new report, ‘Nature-based solutions in UK climate adaptation policy‘, was released on 30 September, commissioned by the RSPB and WWF. The report summarises evidence on the many ways in which Nature-based solutions (NbS) can address climate impacts in the UK, and explores the barriers and enabling factors that influence their wider uptake. NbS can play [...] Read more
September 30, 2021

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