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Global Recognition of the Importance of Nature-Based Solutions to Climate Change Impacts

Version 1 : Received: 6 October 2018 / Approved: 10 October 2018 / Online: 10 October 2018 (05:49:38 CEST)
Version 2 : Received: 13 September 2019 / Approved: 14 September 2019 / Online: 14 September 2019 (12:07:15 CEST)

How to cite: Seddon, N.; Daniels, E..; Davis, R.; Harris, R.; Hou-Jones, X.; Huq, S.; Kapos, V..; Mace, G.M.; Rizvi, A.R.; Reid, H.; Roe, D.; Wicander, S. Global Recognition of the Importance of Nature-Based Solutions to Climate Change Impacts. Preprints 2018, 2018100203 (doi: 10.20944/preprints201810.0203.v2). Seddon, N.; Daniels, E..; Davis, R.; Harris, R.; Hou-Jones, X.; Huq, S.; Kapos, V..; Mace, G.M.; Rizvi, A.R.; Reid, H.; Roe, D.; Wicander, S. Global Recognition of the Importance of Nature-Based Solutions to Climate Change Impacts. Preprints 2018, 2018100203 (doi: 10.20944/preprints201810.0203.v2).

Abstract

Ecosystems are not merely vulnerable to climate change but, if sustainably restored and protected, are a major source of human resilience. Not only is the evidence-base for the importance of these “Nature-based Solutions” (NbS) growing rapidly, but NbS are featuring with increasing prominence in global climate change policy. Here we report on the prominence of NbS in the 141 adaptation components of the 167 Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) that were submitted to UNFCCC by all signatories of the Paris Agreement. In total, 103 nations include NbS in the adaptation component of their NDC, 76 nations include them in both their adaptation and mitigation component, and an additional 27 include them as part of their mitigation plans only. In other words, 130 nations—or 66% of all signatories to the Paris Agreement—have articulated intentions of working with ecosystems, in one form or another, to address the causes and consequences of climate change. However, commitments rarely translate into robust science-based targets. As climate pledges are revised in 2020, we urge the ecosystem science community to work closely with policymakers to identify meaningful adaptation targets that benefit both people and the ecosystems on which they depend.

Supplementary and Associated Material

http://www.nbspolicyplatform.org: Nature-based Solutions Policy Platform

Subject Areas

biodiversity; climate change adaptation; ecosystems; Paris agreement; policy; nature-based solutions

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Comment 1
Received: 14 September 2019
Commenter: Nathalie Seddon
Commenter's Conflict of Interests: Author
Comment: Reframed in terms of Nature-based Solutions, and reformatted for the journal Global Sustainability
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