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Featured NbS in Policy

Here we highlight examples of Nature-based Solutions in Policy, as well as major science-syntheses targetting key policy processes. Please also check out our online NbS policy platform.

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UK Environment Agency’s launches five-year plan

In July 2020 the Environment Agency published a new five-year strategy, embedding some of the environmental benefits seen during the pandemic. The plan includes a series of annual targets such as for river protection, habitat creation and emissions cuts, aiming to accelerate the UK transition to a nature-positive, climate-resilient future. Read more details in the [...] Read more August 21, 2020

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UN funding forest protection in Indonesia, despite rising deforestation rates

The UN’s Green Climate Fund (GCF) has approved $103 million of funding for forest protection in Indonesia, through the REDD+ programme. However, the Indonesian government promotes and engages in large-scale deforestation, with rates increasing during the pandemic. Therefore, the GCF has received widespread criticism for using inappropriate methodology for calculating avoided emissions and rewarding funding [...] Read more August 21, 2020

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UK post-Brexit Environment Bill

Details of the UK’s post-Brexit Environment Bill were launched in January 2020. Further updates on the Bill were announced on August 19th, including the creation of legally binding targets on four key areas: biodiversity, air, water and waste. This means that future governments will be legally bound to meeting these targets, making commitments resilient to [...] Read more August 20, 2020

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Updates to Nationally Determined Contributions to the Paris Agreement

Updated Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) to the Paris Agreement are due this year. So far eight countries have submitted new NDC targets, eight have proposed new targets, and seven have re-submitted old targets. This leaves 172 countries yet to submit their 2020-updates. The countries that have submitted old targets and so will not strengthen their [...] Read more July 3, 2020

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EU launches Biodiversity Strategy for 2030

In May 2020, the European Union released its new Biodiversity Strategy, to address the biodiversity crisis both within and beyond the territories of member states. The new strategy involves:

– Protecting and effectively managing at least 30% of Europe’s land and sea

– Improving the conservation status or trend of at least 30% of EU protected [...] Read more June 22, 2020

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Club of Rome call for nature protection on World Environment Day

On World Environment Day, 5th June 2020, the Club of Rome called on governments to recognise the dependency of humans on nature. They said that we must, as societies, reassess our relationship with nature in order to avoid future devastating events – pandemics or other natural disasters. This requires ‘rethinking our consumption and production [...] Read more June 6, 2020

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Climate-friendly COVID-19 recovery also better for the economy

Nations are in the process of designing and implementing packages to aid economic recovery from the pandemic. A new paper from the Smith School collected opinions from 231 economic experts to compare the performance of 25 major fiscal recovery types across four criteria: speed of implementation, economic multiplier, climate impact potential and overall desirability.

By [...] Read more May 11, 2020

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How can green recovery programmes benefit both nature and people? An example from the US

Ecosystem restoration has the potential to create jobs on a grand scale, which will be needed in many countries in the wake of the pandemic. The World Resource Institute (WRI) makes the case for investing in tree planting in the US; according to their calculations, an annual federal investment of $4-4.5 billion for 20 [...] Read more May 5, 2020

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Knowledge Tree: decision making for effective, efficient & equitable social forestry

The Regional Community Forestry Training Center for Asia and the Pacific (RECOFTC) has compiled knowledge on how to conduct effective, efficient, and equitable social forestry in Southeast Asia in their recently-launched Knowledge Tree. The online platform is designed to support decision-making during the design and implementation of social forestry projects. The information has [...] Read more May 1, 2020

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Climate Action Enhancement Package supporting enhancement of NbS in NDCs

The Climate Action Enhancement Package (CAEP) is providing targeted support to 65 countries on improving their Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) to the Paris Agreement. This article shows in what ways the CAEP has been helping with nature-based solutions in NDCs. The most common type of help was with defining or updating targets (28%), followed [...] Read more April 29, 2020

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