Through recent IPCC and IPBES reports, it is clear to see that this decade is critical for tackling interdependent biodiversity, land degradation and climate crises.
Climate change creates biodiversity loss, increases extreme weather events and hazards, changes a species’ range to live, and changes food webs. Large amounts of GHG emissions are released, the number of climate hazards increase, and less carbon is absorbed when biodiversity is lost.
Nature can be part of our climate solutions, as it can capture and store greenhouse gases. It can also help communities to adapt.
Nature-based Solutions (NbS), when implemented correctly, can increase the resilience of ecosystems and the communities within them. These solutions can support the adaptations needed when facing climate hazards. They also create significant biodiversity benefits and promotes the interests and the rights of vulnerable communities.
- To increase the protection and resilience of a minimum of 1 billion people, this must include 500 million women and girls
- 4 billion hectares of natural ecosystems should be secured through 45 million hectares being protected, 2 billion hectares being sustainably managed, and 350 million hectares being restored
- Global mitigation efforts should be increased through the protection, conservation, and restoration of carbon-rich terrestrial, freshwater, and marine ecosystems