Why natural climate solutions are about much more than carbon

-How we use land will be doubly important over the next decade: not only in reducing carbon emissions, but also in offsetting emissions from other sectors.

-Natural Climate Solutions (NCS) are activities that bring carbon reduction together with other benefits such as biodiversity, land restoration and support for rural and indigenous communities.

-The world needs to integrate conservation, restoration and sustainable production systems into a wider value system, rather than simply focusing on carbon offsets.

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change reports that 23% of greenhouse gas emissions come from land use and land-use change. Any credible pathway to net-zero must include ending deforestation and the degradation of natural ecosystems plus reducing emissions associated with agricultural production and food systems. In fact, most net-zero scenarios include significant “removals” of CO2 from the atmosphere via reforestation and ecosystem restoration.

The way we use land will be doubly important over the next decade; not only because it has an impact on greenhouse gas emissions, but also because we need to offset emissions from sectors in which carbon reduction is more difficult and requires long-term technological transformation. The task of transforming the energy and land-use sectors in tandem will require supportive economic and social policy frameworks.

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