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Grounding nature-based climate solutions in sound biodiversity science
Seddon, N.; Turner, B.; Berry, P.; Chausson, A.; Girardin, C.A.J. (2019). Grounding nature-based climate solutions in sound biodiversity science. Nat. Clim. Chang. 9(2): 84-87.
In: Nature Climate Change. Nature Publishing Group: London. ISSN 1758-678X; e-ISSN 1758-6798, more
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  • Seddon, N.
  • Turner, B.
  • Berry, P.
  • Chausson, A.
  • Girardin, C.A.J.

    The idea that natural ecosystems can help us fight both the drivers and impacts of climate change has been gaining traction over the past few years, including recent emphasis in the IPCC Special Report1. In particular, the Paris Agreement on climate change calls on all parties to acknowledge “the importance of ensuring the integrity of all ecosystems, including oceans, and the protection of biodiversity, recognized by some cultures as Mother Earth”, and 66% of signatories to the agreement commit to ‘green’ or ‘nature-based solutions’ in their climate pledges (see Nature-Based Solutions Policy Platform; (Box 1). Such recognition of nature’s value — in particular through policies promoting forests as carbon sinks — was hard-won by negotiators and non-state actors and is vitally important. However, we are concerned by aspects of the narrative reaching policymakers, and call on scientists studying biodiversity and ecosystem functions and services to fully engage with and inform the process by which high-level pledges are translated into on-the-ground actions.

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