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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  • Natural climate solutions Natural climate solutions are tremendously potent, providing an estimated 37 % of cost-effective mitigation needed between now and 2030 to hold global warming below 2°C Photo: Creative Commons CC0

    Protecting climate by protecting nature

    11.12.2018

    Curbing global temperature rise will require removing more carbon from the atmosphere than we release into it. How can we harness natural ecosystems to help achieve this?

  • Wiñay Wayna Orchid Warming temperatures are causing the Wiñay Wayna Orchid to move up mountain slopes, reducing their population size. Photo: Wendy Foden

    Escalating climate change impacts on species prompt IUCN review of emerging field

    11.10.2018

    A major IUCN co-authored paper published today reviews the relatively new field of assessing species’ vulnerability to climate change, as experts warn that time is running out for many species. 

  • branislav knappek unsplash pyramidenkogel austria Photo: Branislav Knappek

    Nature-based solutions are key to achieving Europe’s ambitious climate change targets

    08.10.2018

    Nature is a powerful ally in tackling climate change. Yet it does not receive the attention it deserves in the debate about how to accomplish a transition towards a zero net emission society. Natural ecosystems such as forests, soils and peatlands are the...

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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.

Thumbnail_Issues brief CC and land degradation Photo: IUCN

Land degradation and climate change

Soil is the biggest terrestrial carbon sink. The world’s soils store more carbon than the planet’s biomass and atmosphere combined. This includes soil organic carbon, which is essentially...

Issues Brief - Oceans and climate change Issues Brief - Oceans and climate change  Photo: IUCN

The ocean and climate change

At the front line of climate change, the ocean, the coastlines and coastal communities are being disproportionately impacted by increasing carbon dioxide (CO2) and other greenhouse gas (GHG)...

Thumbnail_CC and Gender issues brief Photo: IUCN

Gender and climate change

Across societies the impacts of climate change affect women and men differently. Women are often responsible for gathering and producing food, collecting water and sourcing fuel for heating and...

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