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Pipes, yes, but don’t forget urban trees too. 🌳 🌳🌳

Significant urban forest loss is another contributing factor to Auckland’s vulnerability to flood events.
Trees capture a significant proportion of rainfall in the canopy and root systems, either slowing its entry into waterways or returning it to the atmosphere via evapotranspiration.… Image
But in Tāmaki Makaurau, loss of urban forest accelerated significantly since blanket tree protection was removed in 2012. See @AklCouncil & @mc_stanley1:… >12,879 trees, >61 hectares, lost in Waitematā board area in 10 years, worst in Grey Lynn (ahem!). 👇 Image
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@WWF-linked edition of a popular comic strip in Belgium. This particular album is an absolute disgrace & clearly illustrates the mindset of a neocolonial Safari club.
It's fundamentally racist: scenes of poverty linked to the laziness of the local population (when the white protagonist asks why the local in the picture is just hanging around and not working, the latter replies: "why work?")
Obviously, the white "heroes" from Europe have come over to save Nature from the evil black poachers.
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Dec 15, 2022: "Joint Statement of the Government of the #USA & the Govt of #Australia on Cooperation on Natural Capital Accounting, Environmental- Economic Accounting, & Related Statistics"


#Financialization of #nature…
Decades in devt. Three yrs to obtain social license.

Sept 19, 2019: "In addition to the rapid decarbonization of the energy, industrial & transport sectors, the emergency response must include a major investment in #naturebasedsolution."

#Marketing 👇…
Nature4Climate: a coalition of 20 orgs including #WWF (bears responsibility for murder, rape & torture of Indigenous peoples) & We Mean Business, co-founded by The Climate Group. Key person Callum Grieve, marketing expert, behind Greta machine from day 1.
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Why 'nature-based solutions' are so controversial at #cop15.

Congolese farmers barred from own land for tree planting project by French oil giant Total Energies…
A project of Total's Nature-based Solutions Unit...…
#naturebasedsolutions is becoming a big end-game fight at #cop15. This is why #ecologicaljustice groups coming out so strongly about #nbs.
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🌱For the next couple of weeks, countries are coming together at the @UNBiodiversity #COP15 to adopt the landmark “Global Biodiversity Framework”.

➡️But what are the 7⃣elements that must be included in that framework, for it to be really ambitious & transformative?

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1⃣ - A clear and ambitious “Mission” for 2030, to halt and reverse the loss of #biodiversity and secure a #NaturePositive world by the end of the decade.

👉It means that in 2030, we have more #Nature than there is now.… Image
2⃣ - 2030 targets to conserve at least 30% of land, freshwater and oceans, and restore degraded ecosystems globally - placing Indigenous Peoples & local communities at the centre of conservation policies.
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Looking forward to what should be an interesting and timely speech from @EnvAgency's Sir James Bevan on the current and present challenges faced by UK due to #ClimateChange & how to build future resilience #IfGClimate
Opening his speech @JamesBevanEA stresses that he believes that "climate change is real" and "is the biggest threat we face". However, he acknowledges that it is often described in "overly-technical language" which can make it inaccessible to the general public #IfGClimate
Bevan cites #COP27 stats showing climate-related disasters have doubled in the last 20 years globally. Notes that 🇬🇧 has seen 4,000 heat related deaths since 2018, drought threatens our water supply this year & next, & 1-in-💯 year flood events now occur annually #IfGClimate
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🪡 1/4: #COP27 live at the #BlueZone: Water for Biodiversity & Nature-based Solutions:

#JustAndAmbitious Image
2/4: The session discussed ways to protect the coasts of #Egypt & other developing countries, as well as how to protect lowlands from floods & erosion through #naturebasedsolutions. Image
3/4: “We need to emphasize the important of the project to enhance #adaptation, protect the #NileDelta & acknowledge it as a model for implementation projects to achieve sustainable development & as a product of extended cooperation with the Green Climate Fund,” said Dr. Fouad. Image
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Que dit le rapport du GIEC de 2022 sur les impacts et l'adaptation sur les risques de pénurie d'eau en Europe?…
Disclaimer: je ne suis pas un spécialiste des ressources en eau, contrairement à @florencehabets et mes collègues du @BRGM_fr, entre autres. Contactez-les!
En revanche j'ai contribué aux rapports Europe et Méditerranée du 6e rapport du GIEC
Je pense utile de partager leur contenu
Le risque de pénurie d'eau est l'un des 4 risques clés identifiés pour l'Europe.
Il est évidemment fortement corrélé avec deux autres risques clés: vagues de chaleur et pénuries d'eau.
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You probably know that ecosystem degradation can cause spillover and disease outbreaks (lose–lose scenarios). In our new paper, we evaluate 46 potential ✨win–win solutions✨ for conservation and human infectious disease control. Here’s what we learned👇🏼… A screenshot of the title, ...
Let’s start with an example of a win–win solution: in western Borneo, programs that improve health care access and sustainable livelihood options for people living near protected rainforests reduce illegal logging and improve human health. @planet_indo @HIHngo Two contrasting scenarios r...
Another example: educating people about how to live safely with bats (like placing bamboo skirts around collection pots for edible sap to reduce bat contamination of food) can reduce spillover of bat viruses to people and hopefully reduce conflicts between bats and people. Two contrasting scenarios r...
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1/20 Out today @ScienceMagazine HARNESSING THE POTENTIAL OF NATURE-BASED SOLUTIONS FOR MITIGATING AND ADAPTING TO CLIMATE CHANGE, in which I summarise recent research on #naturebasedsolutions & highlight key areas for future research. A 🧵
2/20 Nature-based solutions (NbS) are actions that involve people working with nature, as part of nature, to address societal challenges, providing benefits for both human well-being & biodiversity.

Global traction - recent rise of NbS up business, policy & research agendas 👇
3/20 For examples of good practice #naturebasedsolutions, check out this interactive global map:
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Session Highlight of the #NbSConference2022, 5-7 July in Oxford and online:
Join Session 1: ‘#NaturebasedSolutions: where are we now, where do we need to be?
Convenors: @WWF, @NatureBasedSols
This session will examine the rising profile of nature in #climatechange & #development policy & what has been achieved in many multilateral processes. Lessons from #COP26 & #G7 can inform us for @Cop27P, including why #Naturebasedsolutions in the #COP27 decision text matters.
Speakers include:
Chair: @JosefinaBrana, Forests VP & Deputy Lead @WWF.
@manupulgarvidal, Global Leader of Climate & Energy @climateWWF
@VPerezCirera, Chief Economist @WorldResources
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Upcoming at the #NaturebasedSolutions Conference, 5-7 July 2022 in Oxford and online:
Join Session 3 ‘#NbS in #NetZero: avoiding #greenwashing and supporting the #SDGs’.
Convenors: @OxfordNetZero
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2/ The session will:
- address concerns on using #NaturebasedSolutions for #greenwashing, examine the evidence, & explore how to avoid this.
- scrutinise the role #NbS can play in achieving #netzero & in #offsetting, while avoiding negative impacts on #people, #climate & #nature.
Speakers include:
Convenors: Steve Smith, Executive Director @OxfordNetZero @CO2REhub.
@cecilegirardin, Director of Nature-based insetting, Technical Director @NatureBasedSols, Science lead @BiodivOxford, @oxmartinschool, @ecioxford, @OxfordEcosystem.
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BREAKING! The European Commission just confirmed that it promotes "like for like or better" #biodiversity #offsetting, as part of #NatureBasedSolutions!
Why is it major news? Thread 1/11…
Under this approach, the destruction of a habitat for flamingos in Spain could be considered to be offset by the restoration of a habitat for bats in Greece, as long as you claim that it is "better." 2/11
Beyond its obvious lack of environmental integrity, this approach will also enable the financialisation of biodiversity destruction through the creation of a related #offset market, and shift the conversation away from the need to curb destruction: 3/11
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#COP26 3⃣ fighters against climate change: Cities, Mobility and #Naturebasedsolutions

There is no better time than #COP26 to look at the climate, cities, mobility and #naturebasedsolutions nexus – collecting thoughts, ideas and examples. Feel free to discuss and add (🧵⏬🌳) 1/n Image
#COP26 What are our joint objectives?

•Livable cities
•Less CO2
•Safe and convenient mobility
•Good air quality
•Ambient temperatures
•Healthy and beautiful places
•Attractive public spaces
•Resilient infrastructure

⁉️How can we do this together⁉️ 2/n
#COP26 The basis: An appropriate urban form

➡️ The 4 Key Metrics of climate friendly, resilient, livable cities

HT @IPCC_CH 3/n Image
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We are delighted to release a series of short films at #COP26 showcasing UK #NatureBasedSolutions in action. The 3 documentaries explore working with #nature from rivers to coast, in cities and in the highlands of Scotland.
Read more in our press release👇… Image
The films explore how working with #nature & #biodiversity (restoring, connecting & protecting #naturalhabitat) can provide #NatureBasedSolutions to causes & consequences of #climatechange + create jobs, support #economicrecovery & provide mental & physical health benefits. Image
The @NatureBasedSols films are led by conversations with #localpeople involved in or affected by the projects, including farmers, businesses & #conservation organisations, complemented by interviews with world leading #climate scientists and #biodiversity experts. Image
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2/Thorsten Klose-Zuber , head of #climatepolicy, economy and society at ZUG, on behalf of International Climate Initiative @iki_bmu, live from the German Delegation at #COP26, highlighting that we face multiple crises, and we cannot tackle them without #nature and #ecosystems
3/ Thorsten Klose-Zuber points out the need to upscale activities in #agriculture and #landuse, and the increasing importance of #NatureBasedSolutions. Within the @iki_bmu #Ecosystem-based #Adaptation is a priority. learn more in their new factsheets…
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1/6 Our 🌎 is heating and losing crucial carbon sinks. (Look at the #Amazon!)

🌳Tackling climate change means decarbonizing the economy but also recarbonizing our ecosystems
🦥I'm looking at the role of mammals in this task

But wait, mammals absorb CO2?⬇️
#DICECON21 #ConEffect
2/6 Well no *but* they mediate carbon flux:

Grazing by🦌🦘can stimulate🌿growth (more CO2 absorbed). Too much grazing does the opposite!

🐺🦁 influence plant growth by keeping 🦌 in check.
Meanwhile🐰 can ⬆️ soil carbon by digging. So much going on!

#DICECON21 #ConEffect
3/6 Mammal functions are so complex #climate scientists are ignoring them in #carbonbudget relying on 🛰️ images of 🌍vegetation.

But their role matters: by some estimates 🐺control of 🦌in North America could offset emissions of up to 20mn 🚗/year!

#DICECON21 #ConEffect
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1/5 New @IPBES @IPCC report promotes #NatureBasedSolutions, carbon and biodiversity #offsetting and #InclusiveWealth, the new neoliberal metric putting a price on nature and human life, but framed as a sustainable metric complementing GDP.

#Dasgupta… Image
2/5 "Where #NatureBasedSolutions are used as
carbon #offsets, they are most effective when applied
subject to strict conditions and exclusions"
=> In case anyone had any doubt left that #NatureBasedSolutions included offsetting
3/5 "For #biodiversity, the concept of #offsets, the substitutability among a slate of possible actions, can introduce the flexibility required to achieve multiple competing objectives at regional scale, if applied subject to strict conditions & exclusions"
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@ipcc_ch reports that b/w 1971 & 2010, oceans absorbed over 90% of the heat gained by the planet due to #globalwarming. This led to #sealevel rise and has also resulted in higher frequency & intensity of #cyclones worldwide. #ClimateChange #MumbaiMustPrepare @mumbaismagic
Indian Ocean has also warmed but what is worrying is the higher rate of #warming in comparison to other global ocean basins. Data shows that Indian Ocean’s rapid basin-wide warming of ~1degC over the last 60 yrs exceeds that of the global average of ~0.7 degC. #MumbaiMustPrepare
Arabian Sea & Bay of Bengal have also seen consistent warming in past decades. The trend in rise in sea surface temperature for BoB has been 0.16C/decade & 0.18C/decade for AS. Arabian Sea indeed has been warming quite rapidly and impacts are for us to see. #MumbaiMustPrepare
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We have a piece just published in @nature on the potential of #naturebasedsolutions to contribute to limiting global peak temperatures and long-term cooling -if implemented soon but designed for longevity and not a substitute for emissions reductions… Image
The new paper was led by @cecilegirardin
with coauthors @NathalieSeddon
@SimonLLewis @bronsongriscom
Stuart Jenkins Myles Allen Charlotte Wheeler…
#naturebasedsolutions embrace the protection of intact ecosystems, restoration of degraded systems and better management of working lands Image
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This is a learning thread.

A lesson in #language, "purpose" & #NewPower.

From inception, #NetZero was devised as the language to garner uptake/demand from citizenry while simultaneously building a framework to propel #CarbonMarkets, #CCS technology, #NETs, & #nuclear.
Note the panel. Nicole Schwab as moderator (daughter of Klaus Schwab), #naturebasedsolutions, 1TDOTorg, #Gates, #Carney (#ImpactInvesting), Nazareth (regulation), & Bill Winters, chair, Taskforce on Scaling Voluntary #CarbonMarkets.
"#NewPower – The ability to harness the connected crowd to get what you want" – Jeremy Heimans, Purpose/Avaaz/Verifed

Launched Sept 2020 by Carney, the taskforce includes #BlackRock #BP #Saleforce #Shell #Unilever #GoldmanSachs #NaturalCapital Partners:
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Are #NatureBasedSolutions part of the solution or part of the pb?
While the concept was originally interesting there is growing evidence that it has been hijacked by the proponents of neoliberal financialisation of nature aka #naturalcapital & offsetting.
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Resolution 059 of the 2016 IUCN World Conservation Congress that defined NbS stated 'it is IUCN’s position that biodiversity offsets can contribute to positive conservation outcomes (...) it could be appropriate for the offset to conserve a different kind of biodiversity'
The list of contributions received under the 2019 UN #NatureBasedSolutions for Climate Manifesto includes projects promoting REDD, REDD+, carbon offset credits, and calling for the inclusion of Nature-Based Solutions in carbon markets.…
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Feb 25 2021: "An expected dash by big corporations for #offsets to meet their climate targets has prompted financial exchanges to launch #carbon #futures contracts to capitalise on what could be a multi-billion dollar market."

#NetZero #EmergingMarkets…
"...their market is expected to grow to as much as $50 billion by 2030. Among the major corporations that say they expect to use them to compensate for any #emissions they cannot cut from their operations & products are #Unilever, EasyJet, Royal Dutch #Shell & #BP."
"The Institute for International Finance's Taskforce on Scaling Voluntary Carbon Markets, launched by U.N.’s Special Envoy for Climate Action Mark Carney" aspires to "create a multi-billion dollar offset market in the coming months."…
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