COP28 Daily Wrap-up (Dec 9) – Nature Day

Briefing Room 10.12.23

Posted by Nature4Climate

First off, a huge thank you to our partners and the incredible N4C team for a fantastic Nature Day at the pavilion. It was once again the centre of gravity for the nature agenda, with packed events, and an enormous amount of cross-sector enthusiasm for nature-based solutions. For those who weren’t able to attend our amazing program, we highly recommend that you watch the recordings on our YouTube channel. The Nature Talks and the Measuring Nature Positive session, in particular, were highlights!

Zooming out, it was also the Presidency’s designated Nature Day, with a series of high-level events on the COP main stage, which are recapped below. What to make of all this? Those with a critical eye will point out that the day was light on new announcements – with quite a bit of repackaging – and perhaps even lighter on demonstrations of concrete action: with many announcements still in the realm of commitments, pledges, roadmaps, etc. But others point out that the announcements demonstrated political will, enhanced alignment, and new collaborations that together can help chart a course toward halting and reversing biodiversity loss by 2030 and mobilizing nature-based solutions to provide a third of the mitigation required. Both observers have valid points. While there were encouraging signs of progress, it’s clear that unless we collectively focus much more on action and implementation, the small window we have will rapidly shut. Food for thought.

Speaking of food, today is Food, Agriculture and Water Day at COP28. In addition to our coverage of key announcements in tomorrow’s issue, we’ll also be returning to coverage of the negotiations.

COP28 Daily Wrap-up – December 9


Yesterday, the UAE UNFCCC COP28 Presidency, the People’s Republic of China CBD COP15 Presidency and 16 countries (and growing) – including Canada, Brazil, Colombia, Germany, Rwanda, France, USA and the United Kingdom – endorsed the COP28 Joint Statement on Climate, Nature and People to galvanise aligned action of the Paris Agreement, the Global Biodiversity Framework and the Land Degradation Neutrality Targets. (Event recording here)

The Joint Statement on Climate, Nature and People signifies a call for accelerated implementation of climate and nature action. It solidifies the commitment of endorsing nations to enhance both domestic and international collaboration, through shared objectives including:

  • Fostering alignment of countries’ Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs), National Adaptation Plans (NAPs), and National Biodiversity Strategies and Action Plans (NBSAPs) as countries develop new ones towards COP30 and CBD COP16;
  • Scaling up finance and investments for climate and nature from all sources;
  • Ensuring the equitable representation and participation of Indigenous Peoples (as rights holders), local communities, women, girls, youth, and other vulnerable communities in national planning processes across climate and nature;
  • Promoting a whole-of-society approach in the planning and implementation of national climate, biodiversity and land restoration plans and strategies; and
  • Encouraging coherence and interoperability for data collection, methods and reporting frameworks across climate and nature.

Why does nature matter to the #COP28 Youth Delegation?


Halting and Reversing Forest Loss 

Leaders from governments, civil society, and the business sectors convened at the Forest & Climate Leaders’ Partnership (FCLP) COP28 Ministerial with renewed ambition for taking action in accordance with the 2021 Glasgow Leaders’ Declaration on Forests and Land Use. We’ve covered some of the announcements in previous issues, but here’s what’s new:

  • 15 governments launched a roadmap to scale investment in forest carbon results and credits, emphasizing the significant potential of Forest Carbon Markets in scaling payments for climate and environmental services provided by forests.
  • Norway and Peru, in partnership with UK, Germany, DRC, Fiji, Colombia, Ecuador, the US, Costa Rica and the Netherlands, and with the Global Alliance of Territorial Communities, launched a Platform for Indigenous Peoples’ and Local Communities (IPLCs) to actively participate in high-level discussions, emphasising the importance of securing forest tenure rights.
  • The latest Global Forest Finance Pledge report for 2022 shows that in the first two years of the 5-year pledge, USD 5.7 billion or 47% of the USD 12 billion pledge has already been directed towards forest-related programmes in developing countries.
  • Public and philanthropic donors to the 5-year Congo Basin Pledge of COP26 have at the end of its first two years collectively provided 70% (over USD 1 billion) of the total USD 1.5 billion commitment towards support for the protection and sustainable management of the region’s forests and peatlands.
  • In an effort to combat deforestation in the Colombian Amazon, Germany, Norway, and the United Kingdom announced a new investment of up to USD 34 million to protect deforestation hotspots and boost the creation of sustainable local economies, building upon the existing Joint Declaration of Intent (JDI).
  • The FCLP released its first progress report.
  • The European Union (EU), Germany, the Netherlands, and France, launched a global Team Europe Initiative (TEI) on Deforestation-free Value Chains. Aligned with the EU’s Global Gateway strategy, the new Team Europe Initiative is designed to halt deforestation and support partner countries in successfully transitioning to sustainable, deforestation-free, and legal value chains. It will contribute to implementing the new law on deforestation-free products. The EU and its Member States announced an initial package of €70 million in new funding for the implementation of this Team Europe Initiative, complementing a broad portfolio of ongoing programmes from the EU and its Member States on forests and halting deforestation.
  • Netherlands announced a new contribution of 22.5 million euros to National Initiatives for Sustainable and Climate-Smart Oil Palm Smallholders (NI-SCOPS). This initiative has been developed in Indonesia, Malaysia, Nigeria, and Ghana. NI-SCOPS targets landscapes and producer groups where certification is difficult or uneconomical. It ‘raises the floor’ by partnering with (local) governments to guide all land users on the path to climate-smart agriculture and forest conservation.
  • The Norwegian parliament has increased the support to Norway’s International Climate and Forest Initiative (NICFI) to 4 billion NOK (USD 375 million) in 2024 for rainforest efforts. Earlier this week at COP28, NICFI and the Bezos Earth Fund announced their collaboration to provide universal access to high-resolution satellite monitoring of the tropics.
  • Santander announced that the Innovative Finance for the Amazon, Cerrado & Chaco (IFACC) initiative now comprises 16 signatories with USD 4.6 billion in commitments. Over USD 220 million has already been disbursed through 11 financial products in 2022 and 2023.
  • Last year at COP27, with facilitation by the Tropical Forest Alliance, the biggest agricultural commodity companies launched the Agriculture Sector Roadmap to 1.5°C. This year, there has been progress from individual corporates in the soy sector setting 2025 no-conversion commitments, a signal that CEOs recognise the critical role that they play in achieving global climate and nature goals.
  • As part of its evolution program, World Bank Group will work on Global Challenge Program for Forests for Development, Climate, and Biodiversity, which aims to consolidate actions and scale up funding for forests and biodiversity, thus firmly establishing this agenda as part of global development priorities.


Ministers from 14 nations, Indigenous leaders, climate scientists, and multilateral funders announced progress on plans for nature protection as a way to address the twin crises of climate change and global biodiversity loss. The event was co-hosted by the COP28 Presidency, High Ambition Coalition for Nature and People, Campaign for Nature, and the UN Climate Change High-Level Champion. During the event, China announced that it was joining the High Ambition Coalition for Nature People. The event also spotlighted recent announcements that included:

  • Dominica’s recent designation of the world’s first marine protected area for sperm whales;
  • Nigeria’s launching of a Ministerial Alliance for Nature Finance;
  • Quebec’s new investment of $144.1 million to accelerate conservation; and,
  • The High Ambition Coalition for Nature and People’s release of new technical and financial matchmaking tools to support countries develop and implement their plans to significantly increase terrestrial and marine protections and help the world fully achieve 30×30 in the remaining six years.

Protecting the Mangroves

21 countries joined the Mangrove Breakthrough – an effort to restore and protect 15 million hectares of mangroves globally by 2030.  Separately, Indonesia launched a mangrove research centre that will be supported by the UAE. [Watch event here]


21 new countries committed to develop Sustainable Ocean Plans and 18 countries signed the Oceans Breakthrough, which focuses focus on marine conservation, ocean renewable energy, ocean-based transport, aquatic food, and coastal tourism is essential to ensure oceans thrive and contribute up to 35% of the emission reductions required by 2050.  [Watch event here]


UN Environment Programme releases its State of Nature Finance report that considerably more subsidies are heading to fossil fuels than finance going to nature positive investments.

The United States announced new actions to advance nature-based climate solutions, including joining the partnership to Enhance Nature-Based Solutions for an Accelerated Climate Transformation (ENACT). Five other countries – France, Belgium, the Netherlands, Switzerland and Pakistan – and two UN agencies also announced that they have joined ENACT.

The Governors of the Governors’ Climate and Forests Task Force (GCF Task Force) issued a call to action to help mobilize and deliver the finance needed to build New Forest Economies across our regions and within our 43 member states and provinces.

The High-Level Champions, as part of their Nature-Postive for Climate Action campaign, are calling on companies, cities, financial institutions, and regions to integrate nature in their climate transition plans and to invest in NbS in line with the nature criteria and leadership practices of Race to Zero, and contributing to the Sharm el Sheikh Adaptation Agenda and the 2030 Breakthroughs.


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