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.
For two weeks in December, delegates from across the world met in Madrid for the 25th Conference of the Parties (COP25). Despite being set against a backdrop of growing public demand for immediate climate action, this meeting saw disappointing progress. Only 80 nations committed to increasing ambition in their Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) i.e. commitments [...] Read more
In October 2019, the UK Government introduced a landmark Environment Bill, which will come into action when the country leaves the European Union. It includes measures to improve air and water quality, reduce plastic pollution, and restore natural habitats. A new Office for Environmental Protection will be established, which will ensure that environmental standards are [...] Read more
This latest IPCC report describes observed and projected impacts of climate change on our oceans, coastal zones, and cryosphere (polar and mountain ecosystems), and the human communities that rely on them. It reports widespread shrinking of ice sheets, glaciers, and reduction in snow cover, and the associated rise of global mean sea level. Such changes [...] Read more
This IPCC report highlights the importance of our lands as both a source and a sink for GHGs. It estimates that around 23% of total GHG emissions are derived from the way we currently use land (agriculture, forestry, and other uses), while natural land processes absorb 29% of total CO2 emissions. The report assesses how [...] Read more
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
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
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