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From Paris: Government Leaders Emphasize Protecting Nature


Mark Tercek, Greg Fishbein

President and CEO, The Nature Conservancy; The Nature Conservancy’s Managing Director, Forests and Climate.

December 2015

As world leaders work toward finalizing a global climate agreement this week in Paris, there's been a lot of focus on the technological innovations needed to manage the risks of global warming, which is positive of course.

Yet we already have one great "technology" to address a large part of the problem - natural systems. Protecting, restoring and improving how we manage the world's forests, grasslands and wetlands can offset at least 20% of human-caused greenhouse gas emissions.

This message was loud and clear at the Global Landscapes Forum during the U.N. climate change convention here in Paris. At the forum, thousands of government, business and civil society leaders gathered to find land-use solutions for the climate, people and the environment.

Originally Posted on The Huffington Post

December 10, 2015