Putting Nature at the heart of global decision making

Mangrove outplanting activity with students in Nabitasan, Leganes

The connection between climate breakdown and biodiversity loss is becoming increasingly  better understood, and there is growing agreement that both crises must be tackled in unity. Yet existing policies are not going far enough; emissions targets agreed under the Paris Climate Agreement are on track to be exceeded by current deadlines, and not a single government has met biodiversity targets set two decades ago. 

Habitat degradation drastically reduces nature’s ability to store carbon, makes it difficult for species to adapt to their fast-changing environment and increases their risk of extinction – which in turn has an impact on the ecosystem. The science is clear, it’s time to integrate policies to tackle climate change and biodiversity loss.   

At ZSL, a key area of our work is the employment of Nature-based Solutions – an approach which both adapt to and mitigates the impacts of climate change. These Solutions, which include habitat protection and restoration, are low-cost yet high-impact, and provide multiple benefits to people and wildlife. We ensure that biodiversity recovery is at the heart of nature-based solutions.  

As we approach a landmark season for nature, with international conferences and congresses putting a much-needed spotlight on these issues, ZSL is calling for world leaders to put nature at the heart of all global decision making.  

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