• Safeguarding the soil that sustains us: protecting peatlands

    Healthy soils are crucial for the planet’s future and our survival on it. They supply essential ecosystem services such as food provision and water storage and purification and almost 50% of terrestrial biodiversity lives or spends part of its life in them. World Soil Day, which takes place on 5 December, aims to raise awareness…

    Safeguarding the soil that sustains us: protecting peatlands
  • Climate and nature: what Glasgow could mean for Kunming

    At the UN climate summit in Glasgow – COP26 – the nature and climate agendas came closer together than ever before.  Next year, world leaders will meet in Kunming, China, to agree a new global plan for nature at the UN’s biodiversity summit, COP15. With the need for joint and integrated action clearer than ever, discussions on nature at…

    Climate and nature: what Glasgow could mean for Kunming
  • Nature-based Solutions to keep global warming below 1.5°C

    Analysing scientific literature, the report by UNEP and IUCN finds that nature-based solutions (NbS) can deliver emission reductions and removals of at least 5 gigatons of CO2 per year by 2030, and at least 10 gigatons by 2050 on a conservative basis.

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    Nature-based Solutions to keep global warming below 1.5°C
  • Building cities with nature: the story of Chengdu

    Chengdu – the capital city of Sichuan Province, in the central South Western China – is home to more than 20 million people and is a regional hub for the movement of goods, services and people. Chengdu is also taking a pioneering approach to placing nature at the heart of development.

    Building cities with nature: the story of Chengdu
  • Aerial view over peat-bog landscape with the complex lake and  pool ridge patterns. in W-Estonia, Europe. Peatlands are important carbon deposits

    Research reveals a quarter of Europe’s peatlands are degraded, ahead of key climate and biodiversity summits

    New research finds that 25% of Europe’s peatlands are degraded, increasing to 50% -120,000km2- when looking at the European Union alone. In more than half of Europe’s natural peatland (mire) regions, the Convention on Biological Diversity 2020 target for at least 17% of areas to be protected has not yet been met for peatlands.

    Research reveals a quarter of Europe’s peatlands are degraded, ahead of key climate and biodiversity summits