Natural Solutions to Climate Change

Climate change is a defining challenge of our time. We are leveraging our nearly 25 years of experience in field conservation, policy engagement and scientific research to demonstrate that protecting ecosystems is an essential part of the world's response to climate change.  Learn more about CI's climate program »

We have outlined our five approaches to identifying the natural solutions to climate change. They are: REDD+, Ecosystem-Based Adaptation, Policy, Climate-Friendly Land Use and Blue Carbon. Learn more about these specific approaches in the documents below.


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Edit Text: Excerpt: "REDD+ is a suite of policies, institutional reforms and programs that provide developing countries with financial incentives to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and to enhance economic growth by preventing the destruction of their forests."
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