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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

Mangroves shelter coastal economic activity from cyclones

Hochard et al (2019) Proc Natl Acad Sciences USA This study is the first to provide global evidence on the capacity of mangroves to buffer the economic activity of coastal communities during tropical storms. Drawing on data on nighttime luminosity across 2,000 tropical and sub-tropical communities from 23 countries, the study found that areas with average-sized [...] Read more
November 18, 2019
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NbSI Director at Scottish Biodiversity Conference

Nathalie talked about the fundamental importance of biodiversity for nature-based solutions at the Scottish Biodiversity Conference. Timely given growing investments in low diversity tree plantations in Scotland
November 18, 2019
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New York Declaration on Forests – Progress Report

Five years since the signing of the New York Declaration on Forests, progress in meeting targets is limited. Signatories committed to halving tropical deforestation and restoring 150 million hectares of degraded landscapes and forestlands by 2020. However, only 18% of the restoration goal has been achieved and in many parts of the world rates of [...] Read more
November 16, 2019
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Welcome two new team members

Welcome Isabel Key and Rosy Cousins. Issy is a natsci graduate and co-founder of Climate Science; Rosy recently completed a Masters thesis on trade-offs among the Sustainable Development Goals after working with IIED.
November 1, 2019
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NbS Roadmap in Bangladesh

Together with the International Centre for Climate Change and Development, we ran an NBS workshop in Dhaka for practitioners and policymakers. Bangladesh has long-been implementing NBS. We discussed how this knowledge can best inform development policy and practice regionally and across globe.
October 18, 2019
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Investments Now Will Save us in the Future – New Report from the Global Commission on Adaptation

A new report by the Global Commission on Adaptation launched in September, reveals that investing $1.8 trillion globally in five thematic areas from 2020 to 2030 could generate at least four times the return on investment (i.e. $7.1 trillion in total net benefits). The areas considered are early warning systems, climate-resilient infrastructure, improved dryland agriculture, [...] Read more
October 16, 2019
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UN Climate Action Summit and Climate Action Week 23-29 September 2019

Billed as the most important event for international climate action since Paris 2015, the UN Climate Summit on the 23 September aimed to boost ambition and accelerate action towards implementing the 2015 Paris Agreement on Climate Change. Nature-based Solutions were the focus of the Climate Summit’s Action Plan 6. This action area called for a [...] Read more
October 16, 2019
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Enhancing climate ambition through NbS

On the basis of an analysis of comparative assessments of nature’s prominence in NDCs to date, our new report with IUCN highlights what can be done to fully harness the potential of NbS in global climate action. National commitments to NbS are also available via our NBS Policy Platform.
October 6, 2019
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NBS Evidence Tool

During UN Climate Action week, we launched our interactive evidence platform linking nature-based interventions to adaptation outcomes. The platform will grow as studies are added. Please check it out and let us know what you think.
October 6, 2019
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Achieving net zero with green and grey solutions

NBSI director spoke with Carbon Brief at the Oxford Achieving Net Zero conference. She emphasised the need to balance Nature-based Solutions with tech to achieve net-zero, emphasising the vital importance of locally stewarded ecosystem restoration (and not afforestation!)
September 16, 2019
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Global recognition of Nature-based Solutions

Our new paper reveals global support for Nature-based Solutions to climate change but highlights the need for high-level pledges to be met by science-based targets that benefit both people and ecosystems. Non-technical summary Ecosystems across the globe are vulnerable to the effects of climate change, as are the communities that depend on them. However, ecosystems can also [...] Read more
September 16, 2019
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Biodiversity and climate change

NbSI Director talks about the crucial role of biodiversity as a major ally in the fight against climate change and poverty in a video as part of Apolitical’s field guide for public servants: Policy Solutions from Nature.
September 11, 2019

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