REDD+, which seeks to create financial incentives for forest conservation, has attracted criticism for failing to deliver expected results, and for giving polluters an excuse to avoid reducing their own emissions when forest-based emission reductions are used for offsets. On the other hand, proponents argue that REDD+ is an important way to supplement emission reductions from fossil fuels, and to incentivize emission reductions from land-use change. Nature4climate spoke with Frances Seymour, a Distinguished Senior Fellow at the World Resources Institute and one of the world’s experts on forests.
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Costa Rica unveils plan to achieve zero emissions by 2050 in climate change fight
Conservation International and Nature4Climate applaud Costa Rica’s leadership in addressing climate change. If we don’t address climate change, little else will matter – and recent science corroborates the incredible urgency to act within the next decade in order to avoid irreversible and catastrophic warming.
Can’t see the wood for the trees? Making the most of our forests for biodiversity and wood production
A new paper attempts to answer the very thorny question of how best to maintain the production of wood products while conserving biodiversity? While the land sparing versus land sharing problem is often framed as polar opposites, landscapes can exist anywhere on the sparing-to-sharing spectrum through mixed landscapes. The paper reveals that the best landscape configuration for all species was mixed, containing elements of both sparing and sharing, but was ultimately towards the sparing end of the spectrum.
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.
Could Brazil be on verge of one of world’s biggest conservation agreements?
The Brazilian Cerrado is a biodiverse mixed ecosystem. It is almost three times bigger than Texas, but half of its natural habitat has been lost as it is converted to croplands and cattle pasture, and especially soy plantations. A Cerrado accord breakthrough could be at hand, conserving Brazil’s biodiverse savanna, and setting a new conservation precedent protecting its mosaic of ecosystems.
Foundations alliance commits $459m to support of forests, lands and rights for climate change goals
In an announcement to coincide with this week’s Global Climate Action Summit in San Francisco, a group of 18 foundations committed to step up support for initiatives that have the potential to slow climate change. These include land use policies that help achieve climate targets; agricultural production that supports sustainable food; and indigenous people’s management of forests.
Serving up climate change solutions, one plate at a time
One third of food produced for human consumption is lost or wasted globally, according to the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organization. Food waste contributes more than 4 billion tons of greenhouse gas emissions each year. In light of this, we’ve highlighted some of the initiatives, pledges and solutions being implemented.
Restoration targets in climate goals and ways to remove carbon from the sky
As countries consider ways to increase the ambition of their current national climate plans for reducing greenhouse gas emissions, they appear to be leaving one of their best players on the bench: forests. WRI interrogates what might work from new technologies to land management practices.
Trees making a stand at ‘Rise for Climate’ march
Tens of thousands of protestors gathered in central San Francesco carrying signs, dancing, singing and walking as part of a global protest spanning dozens of cities across the world asking for more to be done to stop climate change. Dancing trees delighted crowds as part of ‘The Forgotten Solution’ on Saturday’s climate march.