Climate Change

IUCN engages on this issue from multiple perspectives, from assessing the risks that climate change poses to biodiversity, to advancing practical nature-based solutions centred on the better conservation, management and restoration of the world’s ecosystems

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Impacts

> 80 %

of ecological processes that form the foundation for life on Earth are impacted by climate change

Solutions

37 %

of the mitigation needed between now and 2030 to meet the 2°C Paris goal can be provided by nature-based solutions

Communities

~ 25 %

of the world’s tropical forest carbon is managed by Indigenous Peoples and local communities


How we engage

IUCN assesses the impacts of climate change on species and ecosystems. Through its work on ecosystem-based mitigation, adaptation and disaster risk reduction, it also highlights the important role of nature-based solutions to climate change. It also works to ensure that climate policy and action are gender-responsive, socially inclusive and take into account to the needs of the most vulnerable.


Nature-based solutions
to climate change

 


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  • Socotra Archipelago, Yemen Photo: IUCN / Ismail Mohammed

    IUCN advises in-danger status for Yemen’s Socotra Archipelago World Heritage site

    18.06.2018

    Uncontrolled development, unsustainable fisheries and invasive species threaten Yemen’s Socotra Archipelago, according to the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), which recommends placing the site on the List of World Heritage in Danger.

  • A charred Hello Kitty toy sits before a smoking mountain of trash Photo: © Siriporn Sriaram / IUCN

    Closing the 'plastic loop' on marine waste across Asia

    05.06.2018

    In a special World Environment Day op-ed, Aban Marker Kabraji, Regional Director for IUCN Asia and Director of IUCN's Regional Hub for Asia-Oceania, writes about grassroots initiatives and efforts to engage the private sector that IUCN and Mangroves for the...

  • IUCN World Conservation Congress 2020 signing ceremony Photo: IUCN

    France to host IUCN World Conservation Congress 2020

    18.05.2018

    Marseille, France – The French Ministry for the Ecological and Inclusive Transition and IUCN, International Union for Conservation of Nature, today signed an agreement to jointly organise the next IUCN World Conservation Congress, to be held in 2020 in...

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Quick reads

Aimed at policy-makers and journalists, IUCN Issues Briefs provide key information on selected issues in a two-pager format.

Coral Reefs and climate change

Anthropogenic greenhouse gas emissions have caused an increase in global surface temperature of approximately 1°C since pre-industrial times. This has led to unprecedented mass coral bleaching events...

Peatlands and climate change

Peatlands are a type of wetlands that occur in almost every country on Earth, currently covering 3% of the global land surface. The term ‘peatland’ refers to the peat soil and the wetland habitat...

Land degradation and climate change

Soil is the biggest terrestrial carbon sink. The world’s soils store more carbon than the planet’s biomass and atmosphere combined. This includes soil organic carbon, which is essentially...

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