A third of the solution –1% of the conversation, 3% of the climate mitigation funding
Is nature the forgotten climate solution? We think so. Especially when you can look at the science and see the lack of action. A recent peer reviewed science paper showed that if we did things differently and allowed nature to be the powerhouse it can be, it can absorb 11 gigatonnes of CO2 a year. That’s about the same as stopping the use of oil annually and is in addition to the 11 gigatonnes of CO2 a year already being absorbed by undamaged, intact ecosystems on land.
To address climate change, we must invest in natural climate solutions alongside the energy transition. Natural climate solutions are proven ways of storing and reducing carbon emissions in the world’s forests, grasslands and wetlands. Better stewardship of the land also has a positive impact on other critical environmental, social and economic benefits.
These solutions are available immediately, are scalable and can transform key sectors of the global economy, such as forestry and agriculture – and they are available almost everywhere on the planet.
Despite the fundamental science being very well understood, action on land use lacks the funding and attention that has helped kickstart the energy transition.
Nature4Climate (N4C) is an initiative of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), UN-REDD, UNEP, the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), Conservation International (CI), The Nature Conservancy (TNC), Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS), Woods Hole Research Center, World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD), World Resources Institute (WRI), and WWF that aims to increase investment and action on nature-based solutions in support of the 2015 Paris climate agreement.
N4C works to catalyze partnerships between governments, civil society, business and investors based on the urgency to protect, restore and fund nature-based solutions. N4C believes in the importance of integrating nature across all government decision-making, that NDCs can be greatly enhanced using nature-based solutions, and that finance flows to nature-based solutions need to be increased, and in many areas, reformed. We are looking for natural climate leaders all over the world. Please join the conversation #NatureNow @nature4climate or get in touch.