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As emissions rise, UN climate talks take on greater urgency

This has been an alarming year for climate change effects. Wildfires scorched California, hurricanes took heavy tolls and coral reefs are dying. In the face of these natural disasters, greenhouse gas emissions, the main driver of climate change, aren’t decreasing. A commentary on the report, published this week by Christiana Figueres comes as countries gather this week and next for the UN climate talks (COP 24) in Poland.

Sustainable forestry: Republic of Korea has lessons to offer to developing countries

As UN Climate talks kick off this week in Poland, it’s clear that delivering on the Paris Agreement requires action on natural climate solutions alongside efforts on energy, industry, buildings and transport. If we are to unlock natural climate solutions, as with all sectors of the economy, negotiators at COP24 need to agree clear guidance for governments to follow, known as the Paris rule book.

Mangrove restoration and protection is a win-win investment for wildlife and the climate

Mangroves can store three to four times more carbon on an area basis than most terrestrial forests. Not only that, mangroves store soil carbon for centuries to millennia. In Gabon, a true Eden of Africa, Gabon’s ocean waters and its pristine forests make up one of the most spectacular and environmentally intact coastlines in the world. It is also one where mangroves abound.

Where mangroves help build strong cities

More mangroves mean safer coastlines in times of duress and flooding. In Indonesia, which holds much of the world’s mangrove forest, The Nature Conservancy (TNC) has teamed up with the International Federation of the Red Cross (IFRC) to explicitly bring nature into the humanitarian cycle of preparedness, response and recovery. Using geospatial technology to help planners and decision-makers examine the potential role of mangroves in providing coastal protection, TNC can successfully integrate nature conservation and disaster management.

What is a T-FENCE and how does it protect mangroves?

Case study: creativity in the face of adversity can make a difference. Faced with recurring coastal erosion, the town of Leganes in the Philippines decided to try the practice of ‘T-fence’. The T-fence was installed along the the coastline bordering the Katunggan Mangrove Ecopark in 2015 and 2016, and is designed to trap sediments, which create a strong and secure base for newly planted mangrove saplings.