301. Protecting essential ecosystems for a stable climate future: 11:15am – 12:45pm

Event time: 11:15am – 12:45pm
Location: Central Marquee Area, Central Park Zoo, New York
Event organizer: Conservation International & Wildlife Conservation Societty

Where are the places that we can’t afford to lose from a climate perspective? Policy and financing mechanisms for natural climate solutions such as avoided deforestation have historically prioritized intervention where loss is most imminent. However, recent research has shown that anthropogenic threats to ecosystems that are essential for the climate are growing and may also shift dramatically over time, putting previously ‘secure’ ecosystems at risk as their protected status changes, as countries move in or out of conflict, and as economic development creates new commercial agricultural frontiers. Panelists will offer their perspectives and research identifying the places we need to conserve in order to make the transition to a stable future climate. What is absolutely essential for us to protect? We will discuss the imperative to pay attention to these places now, even if the threats they face are medium- or long-term. The presentations will be followed by a moderated discussion so please come ready to participate in the conversation.

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