From Sept. 12 to 14, WCS joined leaders from around the world at the Global Climate Action Summit in San Francisco to adopt measures to reduce the pace of climate change.
News from the Summit
The Role of Indigenous Peoples Living in Intact Forests
This week, we released a new analysis with our partners showing that at least 35 percent of remaining intact forest landscapes are managed or owned by Indigenous Peoples. It illustrates just how essential these groups will be in helping the world avoid catastrophic climate change.
We spoke with Caleb McClennen, WCS Vice President for Conservation Science and Solutions, about the summit and the organization's strategy in addressing climate change.
WCS: What are WCS’s priorities at the summit?
Caleb McClennen: WCS has two priorities for the Global Climate Action Summit. One, communicating the importance of nature-based solutions, particularly Indigenous People's stewardship of intact forests, in meeting the global climate challenge. And two, promoting our REDD+ projects in two forests—Makira, Madagascar and Keo Seima, Cambodia.
Our vision: End all intact forest loss by 2030. Our planet’s last unbroken swaths are among the most powerful and cost-effective solutions we have to combat the global challenge of climate change. Saving them will not happen organically. Check out our strategy.
The Makira Project, managed by WCS, is the largest carbon emission reduction program in Madagascar’s land use sector, playing a critical role in demonstrating the success of forest conservation in reducing climate change and keeping global temperature increases below two degrees Celsius. It's a good example of how we're working with local communities and governments on this issue. In the Makira landscape, WCS works to incentivize forest conservation by introducing sustainable, high-earning cocoa and clove farming opportunities.
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