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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
  • NbS Digital Dialogues - panel session summaries

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    Earlier in 2020 we held a series of talks and panel sessions - NbS Digital Dialogues - bringing together experts from science, policy and practice to discuss the implementation of sustainable NbS. Over 750 people tuned into the conference live, and recordings of all the sessions are available to vie [...] read more
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UK Nationally Determined Contribution to the Paris Agreement

The UK submitted an updated NDC in December and committed to reducing greenhouse gas emissions by at least 68% by 2030 compared to 1990 levels. This equates to per capita emissions falling from around 14 tCO2e/person in 1990 to 4 tCO2e/person in 2030. This is more ambitious than the UK’s previous contribution, which was a [...] Read more
February 12, 2021
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UK Adaptation Communication to the UNFCCC 2020

The UK submitted its first Adaptation Communication to the UNFCCC in December 2020, setting out its plans to prepare for the impacts of climate change in the UK and to support climate change adaptation overseas. The Adaptation Communication provides the following: An outline of the impacts of climate change in the UK, and the consequent risks and [...] Read more
February 12, 2021
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USA re-joins the Paris Agreement: what does this mean for the future of the climate and nature-based solutions?

Donald Trump announced that the US would be leaving the Paris Agreement back in 2017, with the official withdrawal taking place in November 2020. This was part of a wider effort to dismantle US environmental policy, including loosening regulations on air pollution and endangered species protection. On Biden’s first day in office on January 20th [...] Read more
February 12, 2021
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Evaluating nature-based solutions for climate mitigation and conservation requires comprehensive carbon accounting

Keith et al. 2021 Whilst the science is clear that nature-based solutions have high potential for contributing to climate change mitigation, there remains uncertainty and confusion as to how to estimate this potential for a given project. This paper highlights that carbon accounting has often missed important aspects of the carbon cycle, and has predominantly focused [...] Read more
February 12, 2021
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Transdisciplinary science for improved conservation outcomes

Margules et al. 2020 Although the goals of conservation are clear, there is still much progress to be made on how to achieve those goals, balancing local aspirations with environmental values. One of the overarching reasons has been that conservation has often overlooked the complex social, economic, and political context in which conservation actions take place. [...] Read more
February 12, 2021
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Ten golden rules for reforestation to optimize carbon sequestration, biodiversity recovery and livelihood benefits

Di Sacco and Hardwick et al. 2021 Over the past year a growing number of tree planting pledges have been made and projects initiated, most often motivated by contributing to climate change mitigation. Such investments in nature are welcomed by the nature-based solutions community, and if well designed and implemented they should contribute significantly to carbon [...] Read more
February 12, 2021
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NbSI talk: role of local people and communities in fostering successful NbS

Alexandre Chausson spoke at the Fringe Climate Action Space on the role of local people and communities in fostering successful NbS. The Climate Fringe is providing a diversity of events in the run-up to and during COP26, as well as connecting people and projects to enhance collaboration around COP26. In his talk, Alexandre emphasised the [...] Read more
February 10, 2021
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Getting the message right on nature-based solutions

The role of nature-based solutions (NbS) in tackling the climate and nature crises has gained the world’s attention. They were high on the agenda at the World Economic Forum and the Climate Adaptation Summit last week, and will continue to be a central topic of discussion in the wake of COVID-19 and in the run-up [...] Read more
February 1, 2021
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We are hiring a Senior Research Fellow in Nature-based Climate Solutions

We are seeking a Senior Research Fellow to lead on Oxford Net Zero which is a new initiative drawing on the University’s world-leading expertise in climate science and policy. The initiative will provide research and resources for policymakers and businesses at this critical juncture for international action on climate change. We seek an innovative and [...] Read more
January 28, 2021
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NbSI talk: Value & limits of working with nature to address climate change

Professor Nathalie Seddon, Director of the NbSI, and Dr Cécile Girardin, Technical Director of the NbSI, gave an overview of the value and limits of working with nature to address climate change, as part of the Oxford Martin School series on Net Zero. Key messages: 1. NbS can make significant contributions to both climate change adaptation and [...] Read more
January 26, 2021
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Climate Adaptation Summit: NbS session & Adaptation Action Agenda launch

The global Climate Adaptation Summit was held on 25-26th January 2021. This was the first ever global summit focusing solely on climate change adaptation, and brought together local stakeholders and global leaders to share knowledge and discuss future action for adaptation and resilience. When countries signed the Paris Agreement in 2015, they committed to balancing finance equally [...] Read more
January 26, 2021
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Youth4Nature online dialogue on nature-based solutions for climate change adaptation

Youth4Nature hosted an online dialogue on nature-based solutions (NbS) for climate change adaptation on 21st Jan 2021. The event started with a Land Acknowledgement – a formal statement to recognise and respect Indigenous Peoples as traditional stewards of land. This is an important reminder to as all that local and Indigenous People are natural land [...] Read more
January 21, 2021

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