Harnessing the Power of Nature – How Tropical Countries Can Meet Climate Goals by 2030

Harnessing the Power of Nature – How Tropical Countries Can Meet Climate Goals by 2030

This new paper concludes that better stewardship of land, forests, and coastal wetlands could reverse emissions in 30 tropical countries, and that in most of these countries, natural climate solutions offer the best option for achieving Paris climate targets.

New research identifies tropical countries best positioned to reduce emissions
The new research in a special issue of the journal Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society – Biological Sciences identifies those tropical countries that are best positioned to help lower global temperatures and reduce greenhouse gas emissions from an investment in natural climate solutions – that is, the protection, restoration, and responsible management of the forests, agricultural lands, peatlands, mangroves and other ecosystems that store and absorb massive amounts of carbon.  These solutions represent one of the most promising climate mitigation opportunities available right now.  Yet they’re under-represented in national climate action planning in the Paris Agreement process and receive a tiny fraction of public climate mitigation finance.

New database presented to help countries meet Paris targets
The paper presents a new database quantifying nature’s contribution to tackling climate change, country by country and action by action. This database can help countries reach their goals under the Paris Climate Agreement, aiding them to prioritize the actions that provide the highest climate impact at the lowest cost.

The publication was led by Bronson Griscom from Conservation International; with Climate Focus co-founder and director Charlotte Streck contributing in regard to the definition and application of the governance criteria and filter.

The Royal Society has made the special issue free to access for two weeks  until the second week of February 2020.