A changing climate
From climate commitments to action
The IUCN World Conservation Congress held in Hawai'i this month calls on the global community to implement effective, inclusive nature-based solutions to climate change.
Human-induced climate change is threatening everyone and everything today: species, ecosystems and human communities worldwide.
They also help make vulnerable communities more resilient to climate change, especially those that depend on natural resources, and provide other valuable economic, social and environmental benefits.
Through the conservation, restoration and sustainable management of natural ecosystems, IUCN and the global conservation community have been providing effective and practical solutions to climate change.
During the IUCN Congress, Members adopted a motion for the use of protected areas as a natural solution to climate change. An ambitious new partnership was also launched to identify and conserve Key Biodiversity Areas with more than US$ 15 million committed over next five years.
Members also adopted a motion to integrate nature-based solutions into strategies to combat climate change, while governments and organisations committed to restoring over 113 million hectares of forest through the Bonn Challenge, exceeding the 100 million hectare milestone just five years after its launch.
IUCN has also been working through the Mangroves for the Future initiative to increase coastal resilience to climate change and other pressures.
IUCN Members have now adopted a motion elaborating IUCN's response to the Paris Agreement charting out a course of action for the Union for the next four years.
Other climate-related motions adopted include securing the future for global peatlands, support for forest landscape restoration in Africa, protecting primary forests, and taking greater account of oceans in the climate regime.
Held in Hawai'i, the IUCN Congress brought together over 100 events around the climate change theme.
For more information on climate change-related motions, click here.