Nature-based solutions are actions to protect, sustainably manage, and restore natural or modified ecosystems, that address societal challenges effectively and adaptively, while simultaneously providing human well-being and biodiversity benefits. Strategies include: preventing conversion and degradation of natural habitats such as forests, grasslands, scrublands and wetlands; conserving and restoring coastal wetlands such as saltmarshes, seagrass meadows and mangrove forests; supporting Indigenous communities who are key custodians of land and sea; improving forestry and agriculture practices. Nature-based solutions can provide up to 30% percent of the action needed by 2030 to keep global temperature rise below 2°C—a critical complement to other climate solutions that focus on electricity and heat production, transportation, and industry.
KEY WCS CLIMATE CRISIS STRATEGIES
At WCS, we are working to address the climate crisis, the pandemic crisis, and the biodiversity crisis simultaneously. In many ways, conserving wildlife and the world's wild places will mean facing and adapting to a changing climate and planet. Because of this, WCS is actively working to implement solutions that will allow wildlife and human communities to persist.
- The WCS Climate Adaptation FundOpens in New Window, which provides support to nonprofits across the United States to catalyze innovative, science-driven adaptation projects responding to the impacts of climate change on wildlife and people;
- Preserving our planet’s intact forests, which is one of the most powerful and cost-effective solutions we have to combat the global challenge of climate change;
- Conducting the scienceOpens in New Window needed to understand the impacts of climate change on wildlife and natural resources, plan conservation for a rapidly changing world, and implement on-the-ground solutions to protect ecosystems;
- Implement nature-based climate adaptation strategies help people and protect biodiversity in our land and seascapes;
- Advancing national and international policies that address the climate and biodiversity crises;
- Creating and managing REDD+ projects, carbon emission reduction programs to conserve high biodiversity value landscapes;
- And working with partners to protect our ocean and corals from warming waters.
Science on the Climate Crisis