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  • Role of NbS for Climate Change Adaptation in UK Policy

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    Just ahead of tomorrow's Climate Ambition Summit, this report considers the important role of nature-based solutions (NbS) in climate change adaptation policy for the UK and its fourteen overseas territories. The report was written by NbSI, in collaboration with WWF and RSPB; together we will work w [...] 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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COP26 Universities Network Briefing: NbS for climate change, people and biodiversity

The COP26 Universities Network has published a briefing paper on nature-based solutions, to which NbSI members contributed. The brief provides seven key messages on how to implement NbS successfully in the UK, and through UK-funded initiatives abroad; the four NbS guidelines are highlighted as crucial for NbS programmes to deliver their promised benefits. The report [...] Read more
May 6, 2021
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The Lowering Emissions by Accelerating Forest finance (LEAF) Coalition

The LEAF Coalition, launched in April, will provide public and private finance to national governments for tropical forest protection. Participants in the initial phase include the governments of Norway, the UK and US, and companies such as Amazon, GSK, McKinsey, Nestlé and Unilever. $1 billion is promised in the first call for proposals which closes [...] Read more
May 6, 2021
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Three FAO & TNC reports on NbS in agriculture: management, adoption and investment

The UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and The Nature Conservancy (TNC) have published three reports which collectively explore the potential of NbS in agriculture to jointly address issues of food security, climate and biodiversity: Sustainable management and conservation of land, water and biodiversity: a literature review giving an overview of different types of NbS in [...] Read more
May 6, 2021
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Carbon storage and sequestration of natural habitats in England

In this report, Natural England gives an overview of carbon storage and sequestration rates of different habitats across England, highlights research gaps, and outlines key principles for using NbS for mitigation in the UK. The authors emphasise that there is great variability in carbon storage and sequestration rates within broad habitat types, due to location [...] Read more
May 6, 2021
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State of the UK’s Woods and Trees 2021

This report from the Woodland Trust summarises key trends about the current state of native woodlands in the UK, how they contribute to society, and the threats they face. Although the area of woodland is slowly increasing, much of this increase is of non-native tree species, with only 15% of existing woodland being Ancient. Woodland [...] Read more
May 6, 2021
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Corporate financing of nature-based solutions: what next?

This blog from the World Resources Institute makes suggestions of how to ensure that investments in nature-based solutions for climate change mitigation lead to successful, large-scale protection of nature, rather than harming nature and undermining momentum towards rapid decarbonisation. The authors thoroughly explain how meeting two overarching principles is critical to ensure a positive outcome: Demand [...] Read more
May 6, 2021
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Public international funding of nature-based solutions for adaptation: a landscape assessment

This working paper from the World Resources Institute is the first assessment of current public international funding for nature-based solutions for climate change adaptation. It aims to help donor countries and institutions, and receivers of NbS finance, understand the current funding landscape. Through assessment of international funding flows (not domestic budgets) and interviews with key [...] Read more
May 6, 2021
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The economic costs and benefits of nature-based solutions

This report from the RSPB and Cambridge Econometrics assesses the broad costs and benefits of restoring peatland, salt marsh and woodland in the UK for climate change mitigation. The review finds positive benefit-cost ratios for restoration across all three habitats, and indicates large job creation opportunities, making a case for restoration at scale both for [...] Read more
May 6, 2021
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Re-thinking nature-based solutions: seeking transformative change through culture and rights

This briefing aims to contribute to conversations and negotiations in the creation of the post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework. It is one of a series of briefs co-authored by Forests Peoples Programme and partners to explore the policy implications of the findings of the Local Biodiversity Outlooks report, which gives perspectives of indigenous peoples and local [...] Read more
May 6, 2021
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Guidelines for designing, implementing and monitoring NbS for adaptation

This document from Conservation International provides guidance for practitioners planning to implement nature-based solutions for climate change adaptation. Across five chapters, it gives details of how to: Conduct a vulnerability assessment to identify the climate impacts that NbS for adaptation might address. Identify a set of possible actions to address the adaptation needs in the specific region [...] Read more
May 6, 2021
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Landscape management in the Scottish Highlands

This is one of several projects from Trees for Life, which envisions restoration of the Scottish Highlands to enable both nature and local communities to thrive. The project follows the ‘conviction that nature, people and business need each other to be sustainable for the long term’, falling closely in line with the concept of nature-based [...] Read more
May 6, 2021
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Stormwater management in Norway’s abandoned airport

Fornebu airport, near Oslo, was abandoned in 1998 and has since been transformed into a multifunctional green space that reduces flooding, purifies water and boosts biodiversity, whilst also being a site for recreation, and residential and industrial land uses. When the airport closed, the site was heavily contaminated with pollutants such as oil, heavy metals [...] Read more
May 6, 2021

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