Next week, the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) will launch its Global Assessment Report on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services – the first global snapshot in more than a decade of the state of the world’s biodiversity and is also the first-ever such report that is intergovernmental. It is a collation of existing evidence: what sets it apart is its aggregation of the science, combined with endorsement by governments.
Calling all young natural climate leaders
In May, Climate Guides will launch its ‘Youth4Nature’ initiative to encourage young people who are leading the charge for natural climate solutions to come forward and bring their stories to the attention of world leaders at the UN Secretary General Climate Summit.
Guardian joins growing chorus for natural climate solutions
N4C is delighted that the Guardian and in particular George Monbiot has catalysed so many diverse voices to champion the cause of natural climate solutions.
All hands on deck for the climate
Do we invest in energy-based solutions for climate mitigation or do we invest in nature-based solutions? It is not an either-or question. In a recent letter to the editor in Global Change Biology, the authors argue that aggressive action in both is needed. Substantial carbon dioxide reductions are needed by the middle of the century. Moving the political and energy structures of society is like turning a big ship; we need more time. Many nature-based solutions are ready to go now.
Celebrating mangroves and local community leaders on World Forest Day
Meet José Inés. In 1995, José Inés, with a group of like-minded local friends, embarked on a journey aimed at restoring mangrove forests in the San Crisanto community in the Yucatan Peninsula in Mexico. Find out why.
Mangroves – seen from space and taller than you might think!
We may not always think about mangroves on the International Day of Forests, but we should. Mangroves are most definitely trees…with 80 different species of mangroves trees around the world. Despite their mighty abilities, mangroves occupy only 0.1% of the Earth’s surface. This makes analyzing and monitoring global mangrove forests very difficult.
A bamboo conservation initiative creates a new future for a Vietnamese community
“Bamboo has a role to play in protecting the environment and in the fight against climate change. It is a champion of sustainable development,” says My Hanh Diep Thi, founder of the Bamboo Village of Phu An in the Binh Duong province of Viet Nam. Read his story.
Let’s go nuts for conservation arithmetic
How many pounds make a good crop of Brazil nuts? The Xikrin and Parakanã indigenous peoples in the Amazon are trying to figure this out. In these communities, people are creating a sustainable product chain of organic Brazil nuts, collected and processed inside these two indigenous owned lands.
Celebrating International Day of Forests
Let’s applaud forests of all kinds, old, young, small and tall. They cover one-third of Earth’s land area, contain more than half of the world’s terrestrial plants and animals, are the source of two-thirds of all cancer- fighting medicines, and absorb over 2 billion tons of carbon dioxide annually.
N4C applauds world’s first soil carbon project to earn credits under UN Paris Agreement
In a world first, carbon credits are to be counted for the first time under the United Nations Climate Paris Agreement. These have just been issued for a soil carbon project under the Australian Emissions Reduction Fund. The credits were received by the Grounds Keeping Carbon Project, which showcases the work of an innovation and farming system in Victoria that creates soil carbon in pastures at rates that are comparable with forests.