WCS FOCUS: Don’t let the biodiversity crisis get lost in the climate crisis
WCS FOCUS: Biodiversity loss and the climate crisis are inextricably linked.
NEW YORK(October 15, 2021) – The 26th meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (CoP26, ukcop 26) takes place in Glasgow from Oct. 31st through November 12, 2021. WCS is sending a small delegation to CoP26 and will be supporting policies that focus on adequately addressing the climate crisis in the critical decade ahead, particularly in the context of biodiversity. A primary imperative is drastic reductions in fossil fuel emissions during this decade (and their elimination by 2050), consistent with its core mission, and the critical importance of natural ecosystems, especially forests, for reducing carbon emissions, removing carbon from the atmosphere, and regulating global and regional climate regimes. These “natural climate solutions” or “nature-based solutions” also protect biodiversity and align with ongoing biodiversity negotiations, including 30x30 – the effort to protect and conserve at least 30 percent of the planet’s land and water by 2030—and efforts to protect and retain intact ecosystems (forests, coral reefs, and others).
WCS PRIORITIES AT COP 26/WHAT WE THINK ARE THE MOST IMPORTANT THINGS TO WATCH FOR /OUTCOMES:
WCS will use the opportunity of this strategically important COP to mobilize enhanced ambition on climate finance for forests, particularly the conservation of Intact Forests as an essential nature-based solution. Through events, meetings, and communication strategies that we are both leading and delivering with core partners, we aim to advance a policy agenda that expands and strengthens incentives for the protection of forests and other key ecosystems at multiple scales.
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