Gland, Switzerland, 19 September 2019 (IUCN) – Countries are not fully taking into account the considerable potential of ecosystems such as mangroves and peatlands to tackle climate change in their commitments under the Paris Agreement, according to a report published today by IUCN and the University of Oxford.
By aligning land restoration commitments countries could bring more degraded land back to health, according to a new IUCN report launched today at the ongoing Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification in New Delhi.
The Amazon is one of the most important biomes on the planet. Shared by nine countries, it covers more than 8 million square kilometres and is home to some 30% of the world’s biodiversity. The Amazon is also one of the most important carbon stores in the world and vital for hydrological cycles in Latin America and throughout the planet. About 60% of the Amazon lies within the borders of Brazil, which means that whatever happens to this forest will affect the country in the same way, for better or for worse.
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