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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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Welcome Nicole Chabaneix

We welcome our newest team member, Nicole Chabaneix. A biologist with six years of experience working on climate change and sustainable development research, policy and project management, Nicole has had key roles at WWF and the Ministry of Environment in her home country of Peru.
September 4, 2019
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UN resolution passed calling for urgent action on peatlands

This March, a UN Resolution was passed that urges member states to conserve, sustainably manage, and restore their peatlands. This is a welcome development because peatlands are found in 180 countries, cover approximately 3% of the Earth’s land area, and provide habitats for diverse flora and fauna. Moreover, peatlands store vast amounts of soil carbon [...] Read more
May 25, 2019
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Nature-based Solutions highlighted in the IPBES Report

The much anticipated global assessment report on biodiversity and ecosystem services of the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) was launched on May 6th. The report paints a bleak picture. While our dependence on natural resources has grown dramatically, the capacity of nature to provide these resources is being severely diminished due [...] Read more
May 25, 2019
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United Nations Secretary General’s Climate Summit – NbS coalition

NbS are one of nine core themes for the upcoming UNSG Climate Summit. The NbS Coalition is being led by China and New Zealand, includes Costa Rica, Fiji, Norway, Portugal and Tajikistan, and is being supported by UN Environment, the CBD and coordinated by David Nabarro. The NbS coalition is calling for more systemic understanding [...] Read more
May 25, 2019

Seven lessons for planning nature-based solutions in cities

Frantzeskaki (2019) Environmental Science and Policy Recent research on urban NbS tends to highlight the benefits of NbS, but not investigate implications for policy planning and governance. To address this gap, this paper analyses 15 urban experiments across 11 European cities that have implemented NbS projects and identifies lessons on how NbS may be chosen, designed, [...] Read more
May 25, 2019

Addressing societal challenges through Nature-Based Solutions: How can landscape planning and governance research contribute?

Alberts et al. (2019) Landscape and Urban Planning This paper explores how river landscape planning and governance research enhance understanding of the ways NbS can alleviate societal challenges. It also presents a conceptual framework for how planning and governance can help assess NbS effectiveness. NbS sometimes take more space and time than tech alternatives, require intensive [...] Read more
May 25, 2019

Maintaining tropical beaches with seagrass and algae: a promising alternative to engineering solutions

James et al. (2019) Bioscience Erosion of tropical beaches, exacerbated by climate change and coastal development, is resulting in coastal flooding, loss of income from tourism, and loss of habitat for wildlife across the globe. In this study, the authors determined the long term effectiveness of natural vegetation in stabilizing the foreshore and attenuating wave velocity, [...] Read more
May 25, 2019
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Biodiversity loss is a development issue

“From genes to micro-organisms to top predators and even whole ecosystems, we depend on biodiversity for everything from clean air and water to medicines and secure food supplies. Yet human activities are destroying biodiversity around 1,000 times faster than natural ‘background’ rates. This global biodiversity crisis is hitting the poorest communities first and hardest because they [...] Read more
April 8, 2019
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Grounding nature-based climate solutions in sound biodiversity science

We have a new paper out now in Nature Climate Change Summary The current narrow focus on afforestation in climate policy runs the risk of compromising long-term carbon storage, human adaptation and efforts to preserve biodiversity. An emphasis on diverse, intact natural ecosystems — as opposed to fast-growing tree plantations — will help nations to deliver Paris [...] Read more
January 28, 2019
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Nature-based solutions: delivering national-level adaptation and global goals

“Many of the world’s vital natural ecosystems, and the communities reliant on them, are vulnerable to climate change. But there is increasing recognition that ecosystems — if sustainably restored and protected — can also form a strong line of defence against the direct impacts of climate change and support human adaptation over the long term. [...] Read more
November 8, 2018
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A rallying cry for nature’s role in tackling climate change

China and New Zealand called on leaders in government and business to endorse nature-based solutions. The Nature-based Solutions for Climate Manifesto aims to attract political momentum, highlight the need for funding, and encourage the integration of nature in all aspects of planning and decision making for sustainable development.
October 16, 2016

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