The European Commission has published an edition of its Future Brief series on Nature-based Solutions (NbS).
The science is clear: the biodiversity crisis, the climate crisis and the health crisis are interdependent. Political leaders from across the world, representing 80+ countries and the European Union, have also recognised this connection in the Leaders’ Pledge for Nature. Climate change accelerates the destruction of the natural world through extreme weather events such as droughts, flooding and wildfires. Biodiversity loss and unsustainable use of nature, driven by intense anthropogenic activities, in turn, reduce resilience to and further drive climate change. But just as the crises are linked, so are the solutions. Nature is a vital ally in the human struggle with climate change. Nature regulates the climate, and Nature-based Solutions are essential for addressing global challenges such as reducing carbon emissions.
Readers may also be interested in CIEEM’s briefing on Nature-based Solutions, the work of CIEEM’s Action 2030 working group, and the online Ireland Conference 2021 on the theme of Nature-based Solutions on 20-22 April 2021.