Nature+ climate

Nature-based solutions for climate change

The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) puts nature at the centre of climate change solutions. Healthy forests, wetlands and coastal areas can store substantial amounts of carbon and help people adapt to the impacts of climate change that are being felt across the world. When developed in an equitable and sustainable manner, mechanisms such as Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and forest Degradation (REDD) can reduce emissions, conserve biodiversity and enhance human well-being.


Traditional Korean drum show

Nature Olympics 2012 day one

Day one of the biggest environmental event included high-level debates on the role of nature in tackling climate change to the launches of new scientific reports, Korean drum performances, Japanese singing and a surprise dance at the main hallway of the Congress venue. Take a look at the daily news wrap-up. …  

08 Sep 2012 | Video
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Integrating climate change mitigation with integrated water resources management

Nature+ climate - Key messages from the IUCN Congress Forum

Using ecosystems as nature-based buffers to reduce the impact of climate-related disasters …  

09 Sep 2012 | Article

Investment in carbon capture — lifeline to poor

Tens of thousands of people around the world are getting greater access to food because of a new investment fund. IUCN (International Union for Conservation of Nature) supports the Livelihoods Fund, which allows companies to offset their carbon footprint by investing in ecosystem restoration programmes that deliver lasting community benefits, including increased food security. …   | French | Spanish

09 Sep 2012 | News story

Yasuni National Park, Ecuador.

Beyond oil fields to fields of dreams

In one of the biologically richest places on Earth which is also home to extensive oil fields, a new way of conserving forests is arising. …   | French | Spanish

08 Sep 2012 | Audio

H.E. Dr. Maan-ee LEE, former Minister of Environment of the Republic of Korea

Go for “low carbon, green growth”

What biggest environmental challenge the Republic of Korea is facing? What is its latest environmental success? What expectations are raised by the 2012 IUCN World Conservation Congress? …  

08 Sep 2012 | Video
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World Leaders Dialogue at the IUCN Congress

With climate legislation lagging, are nature-based solutions a fix?

The first in the series of highly anticipated World Leaders Dialogues involving a panel of prominent figures from both business and conservation saw a thoughtful discussion about the role that nature-based solutions can play in tackling climate change. …   | French | Spanish

07 Sep 2012 | News story

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Radhika Murti of IUCN’s Ecosystem Management Programme describes how people are already using nature to shield themselves from the impacts of climate change and natural disasters.