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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  • Rivers as lifelines, West Africa Photo: ©Shutterstock/QuickShot

    The Chad Basin, a lifeline for people, nature and peace

    04.10.2019

    The Chad basin, centred around Lake Chad, covers almost 8% of the African continent and is home to over 30 million people. Over half of this population carves a living out of farming, herding and fishing thanks to the basin. Yet it is shrinking at an alarming...

  • Mangroves Mangroves Photo: Anton Bielousov CC 2.0

    IUCN response to the IPCC Special Report on the Ocean and Cryosphere in a Changing Climate

    25.09.2019

    The scientific evidence that the world’s ocean is changing dramatically due to climate change has been underpinned with a report released today by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). The Special Report on the Ocean and Cryosphere in a...

  • reflection of orange and yellow trees on water ECCA30 logo in white Photo: IUCN

    Region targets 30 million hectares for restoration

    25.09.2019

    A new call to bring 30 million hectares of degraded and deforested landscapes into restoration in Europe, the Caucasus and Central Asia by 2030 in support of the Bonn Challenge announced at Climate Action Summit.

Publications

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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.

Issues Brief - Drylands and climate change Photo: IUCN

Drylands and Climate Change

Drylands are ecosystems, such as rangelands, grasslands and woodlands, which occupy over 40% of the terrestrial surface, and are characterised by high temporal and spatial rainfall variability....

Thumbnail_CC and Forests issues brief Photo: IUCN

Forests and climate change

Forests are a stabilising force for the climate. They regulate ecosystems, protect biodiversity, play an integral part in the carbon cycle, support livelihoods, and supply goods and services that can...

Thumbnail_Oceans MPA issues brief Photo: IUCN

Marine protected areas and climate change

Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) – areas of the ocean set aside for long-term conservation aims – are the only mainstream conservation-focussed, area-based measure to increase the quality and extent of...

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