Human-induced climate change continues unabated, and some of its impacts are irreversible. Reducing greenhouse gas emissions is the only long-term answer to stabilising the global climate. But as a new wide-ranging global climate deal remains elusive, many are turning to nature-based solutions, like REDD+ (reducing emissions from deforestation and ecosystem degradation), to help stave off the worst effects of climate change. Nature has often been portrayed as the victim of climate change but healthy natural ecosystems such as forests, peatlands and wetlands are critical for absorbing and storing carbon and helping us adapt.
But are these measures enough?
Can ecosystems really make a difference before it is too late?
What have we learnt already about nature-based solutions to climate change and what are the challenges for the future? .