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The climate has always been changing — but the pace at which it is now changing is faster than humans have ever seen.

Climate change threatens to ma​ke parts of the planet uninhabitable or inhospitable for life as we know it while worsening poverty, swamping coastli​nes and​ destroying infrastructure. In short, it is the most pressing global challenge we have ever faced.

Conservation International (CI) protects perhaps humanity’s biggest ally in the fight against climate change: nature.

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EditText:Nature can provide up to 30 percent of the mitigation action needed to limit global warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius on average (2.7 F).

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EditBox Heading:Conservation International addresses climate change on two fronts:
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Adaptation:
Helping communities adapt to the effects of climate change that are already happening and that are expected to accelerate, such as sea-level rise

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Mitigation:
Working to prevent further climate change by reducing emissions, enhancing carbon storage, etc.

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    The challenge

    Current greenhouse gas emission trends put the world on course for a 3.7-4.8°C temperature increase by 2100, which would cause catastrophic effects. Even the commitments made under the new Paris Agreement fall short of the cuts required to limit warming to a relatively safer 2°C. Even if all emissions are stopped immediately, effects will continue for centuries due to the cumulative impact of emissions already in the atmosphere. Meanwhile, nearly 800 million people globally are currently considered especially vulnerable to the effects of climate change.

    The vision

    Conservation International envisions a world where nature’s contribution to addressing climate change is fully maximized. This means that nature not only lives up to its potential to mitigate climate change — tropical forests alone can deliver 30% of mitigation action needed to prevent catastrophic climate ch​ange — but also is fully deployed in places where ecosystems can help vulnerable populations adapt to the already-present and future effects of climate chang​e.

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    How we work

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    EditHeading:Protecting ‘blue carbon’ and coastal ecosystems
    EditDescription:Coastlines are the front lines of climate change: By storing large amounts of carbon and protecting vulnerable coastal communities from rising seas, coastal ecosystems help us both mitigate and adapt to the effects of climate change. But if destroyed or degraded, these ecosystems release this “blue carbon” into the atmosphere, further contributing to climate change. To secure blue carbon, CI leads the Blue Carbon Initiative, a major research and policy effort to protect and restore coastal ecosystems.
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    EditHeading:Advising governments on sound policies
    EditDescription:Conservation International advises on actions to ensure that ecosystems and their services are valued; that vulnerable populations are given the tools they need to adapt to climate change; and that the frameworks needed to support these policies are implemented. For example, within the U.N. Framework Convention on Climate Change process, CI provides technical advice and supports governments and delegations. In 2015, CI advised more than 20 governments during the negotiations that led to the Paris Agreement — the biggest collective commitment to climate change action to date.
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    EditHeading:Mapping nature’s ability to curb climate change
    EditDescription:Natural ecosystems can help us avoid the worst effects of climate change — but which ecosystems, and how? CI is identifying hotspots of “natural capital,” the places that provide the most benefits to humanity, including carbon sequestration. With this data, CI helps governments and companies to understand the value of nature — in some cases, the value of stored carbon — creating powerful incentives to protect ecosystems.
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      Climate change is not an issue of the future — we must adapt now, and we can’t do it without nature. CI’s ecosystem-based approach to climate adaptation focuses on conserving, restoring and sustainably managing natural ecosystems. CI forecasts the impacts of climate change on ecosystems, ecosystem services and communities around the world to assess vulnerabilities and build resilience, including restoring wetlands to enhance water storage and rehabilitating coastal mangrove forests to protect communities from storm surges.

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      Conservation efforts are more effective when they have buy-in from the people that live in the forests and depend on them. To that end, the REDD+ initiative (Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and forest Degradation) rewards countries and landholders for protecting and restoring forests, thereby reducing carbon emissions. CI designs, advises, develops and brokers REDD+ projects around the world. For example, in Peru’s Alto Mayo Protected Forest — which despite its protected status is highly threatened by deforestation — CI is showing how valuable intact forests are to people and to reducing carbon emissions.

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      One of the most important means to scaling up climate action is through investments. CI engages in a broad range of activities to increase funding for nature-based solutions, such as establishing REDD+ as part of key carbon markets and non-market mechanisms and serving as an implementing agency of the Green Climate Fund and the Global Environment Facility.

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      EditItem Title:Managing supply chains and drivers of deforestation
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      Commercial agriculture drives at least 40 percent of tropical deforestation. To address this challenge, CI works to mitigate underlying drivers of deforestation while paving the way for continued economic development. CI partners with local producers, companies and governments to implement a holistic “landscape approach,” which balances conservation and economic activities.

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      Turning science into action

      How should nature-based solutions for fighting climate change be implemented? What is the role of the priv​ate sector? What should REDD+ look like? These and other is​sues were covered in a series of briefs that translate CI's research into implementation on the ground.

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        EditImage Alt Text:Nature-based strategies, such as protecting forests like this one in Chiapas, Mexico, can provide up to 30% of the solution to climate change — but only with the support of the business sector.
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