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To reduce dangerous climate impacts, scientific models indicate that greenhouse gas (GHG) concentrations need to stay between 350-450 parts per million of CO2 equivalent (ppm CO2e) this century. The current global greenhouse gas concentration is over 390 ppm, and rising about 2 ppm every year. Achieving significant climate change mitigation will require fundamental changes in human behavior, from reducing energy use to changing how we grow our food to stopping deforestation.
Forests and other natural ecosystems absorb massive amounts of carbon from the atmosphere; consequently, by protecting these ecosystems, there is enormous potential for global mitigation efforts. From holding workshops in local communities to attending international climate change meetings, CI is building on our solid scientific background in biodiversity and ecosystem research to push for the conservation of forests and other natural ecosystems. Our ultimate goal is the achievement of zero deforestation across the globe by 2030.
Forest Carbon Initiatives
These nature-based initiatives aid in global mitigation efforts by preserving or restoring standing forests, which absorb massive amounts of carbon from the atmosphere.
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Identifying mitigation solutions
Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation "plus" conservation is the sustainable management of forests and enhancement of forest carbon stocks. REDD+ is a suite of policies, institutional reforms and programs that provide monetary incentives for developing countries to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and sustain economic growth by halting or preventing the destruction of their forests.
At the UNFCCC meeting in Copenhagen in December 2009, six of the world's largest economies showed their support by committing to providing $3.5 billion for REDD+ investments over the next three years. Learn more about progress toward an international climate agreement.
CI will also be developing and implementing strategies in Blue Carbon (ocean mitigation) and integrated land-use planning over the next 12-36 months.