Indigenous peoples around the world own or manage much of the planet’s last great storehouses of biodiversity and carbon. In Colombia, indigenous peoples have been working to protect their territories and consolidate their own models of environmental governance for decades. In an expansion of this effort, indigenous groups in the Amazon recently proposed the establishment of “sacred corridor of life and culture,” covering 200 million hectares across the Andean Amazon. As the world’s largest protected area, this corridor would protect critically important biodiversity, like the Lowland Tapir, while keeping millions of tons of carbon out of the atmosphere.
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19 predictions for 2019 on climate and nature. Let’s do this!
United Nations Development Programme’s manager, Jamison Ervin predicts what 2019 has in store when it comes to the climate and nature. We kick off number one with new green finance mechanisms, created to address the ‘missing middle’ gap in financing small and medium sized enterprises. Find out more here.
Final N4C thoughts from December’s UN Climate Meeting (COP 24)
Following COP24, countries prepare to submit their next round of national climate commitments. The science is clear that these must be more ambitious if the world is to curb dangerous levels of global temperature rise, and they must include better land-use management and the recognition of nature’s pivotal role in helping slow escalating climate change.
Indigenous lands more important for carbon than previously thought
Recent research from Rights and Resources Initiative and partners show that lands managed by indigenous peoples and local communities hold five times more carbon than this 2016 estimate, equivalent to 33 times the global energy emissions of 2017.
Finding space for renewables
A new science study shows that countries including the top 10 emitters can meet the Paris Agreement energy targets and maintain natural climate solutions by prioritizing development of renewables on already converted lands and avoiding conversion of natural lands. The analysis also reveals that the world has 19 times the required energy targets on converted lands.
Reaction to Poland’s “Forests for Climate” Declaration
The Polish presidency of COP24 has published the Ministerial Katowice Forests for Climate Declaration. Nature4Climate encourages all Parties to take action to conserve and enhance sinks and reservoirs of greenhouse gases, especially primary forests and intact ecosystems.
Nature has provided us with a powerful and free force to fight climate change – our forests
UNDP’s Administrator Achim Steiner says on the 10th Anniversary of UN-REDD and the second week of the UN Climate meeting in Poland, nature has provided us with a powerful and free force to fight climate change – our forest. It’s time to allow them to realize their full potential.
“There is very little doubt left that nature-based solutions need to be part of national climate action”
As the first week of the UN climate talk comes to a close, delegates are looking at all options available to stabilize the climate. One solution that is gaining traction is natural climate solutions. Here’s what WWF UK’s Head of Advocacy – Our Planet / 2020 Project, Bernadette Fischler has to say.
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.
Where soils belong in the boardroom
Today (December 5th) is World Soil Day. Businesses are built on soil. That’s because soils underpin value chains by supporting crop productivity, biodiversity and livelihoods and they play a crucial role in two of the top business risks: water crises and climate change. If we are to have sustainable businesses, economies and societies, they will, and can only be built on healthy soils.