Conservation International Joins Global Climate Leaders at UN Climate Change Negotiations 2018

December 3, 2018

During the negotiations, Conservation International will call on countries to incorporate natural climate solutions into national policy decisions, agree on strong rules for emissions trading, incorporate the traditional knowledge of indigenous peoples in climate decisions and actions, and agree on increased ambition of their national climate commitments by 2020.

Natural climate solutions are critical to achieving the Paris Agreement goals. Protecting, sustainably managing, and restoring forests and natural ecosystems are a crucial part of the solution to climate change, providing at least 30 percent of the mitigation needed to limit global temperature rise to 1.5 degrees Celsius.

“This year’s COP comes on the heels of the IPCC special report that outlines the scientific urgency of accelerating climate action. Our decisions today will have an incredible influence on our planet for decades to come. Never before have we been at such a critical political moment to turn science into action and more robust commitments,” said Shyla Raghav, Conservation International Climate Lead.

“We must fully prioritize the role of nature to achieve the Paris Agreement. It is imperative that COP 24 delivers a strong rulebook that provides sufficient clarity to countries and other actors to ramp up their climate actions in the lead up to 2020,” said Maggie Comstock, Conservation International Senior Director of Climate Policy.

Conservation International will highlight its work with indigenous peoples at an official side event on the role of indigenous peoples in implementing natural climate solutions. Conservation International will also collaborate with countries and non-state actors to elevate the role of protecting forests, oceans and other ecosystems as part of the solution to mitigating climate change.

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About Conservation International

Conservation International uses science, policy and partnerships to protect the nature that people rely on for food, fresh water and livelihoods. Founded in 1987, Conservation International works in more than 30 countries on six continents to ensure a healthy, prosperous planet that supports us all. Learn more about Conservation International, the groundbreaking “Nature Is Speaking” campaign and its series of virtual reality projects: “My Africa”, “Under the Canopy” and “Valen’s Reef.” Follow Conservation International’s work on our Human Nature blog, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube.