The climate and biodiversity crises are fundamentally connected and more integrated approaches are needed to address them effectively.
The one-year delay in the 2020 Conferences of Parties to the UNFCCC and the CBD caused by the COVID-19 crisis provides a unique opportunity to bring new scientific advances to inform and strengthen the links between both international agendas and their national implementation. To facilitate the alignment and better understand the potential synergies between these agendas, there is a need to assess the role that achieving biodiversity conservation targets can play in efforts to mitigate climate change.
This report presents the first results of ongoing research aiming to inform progress by making explicit and quantifying the role that achieving biodiversity conservation targets can play in securing the emissions reductions needed to meet the objectives of the Paris Agreement. This report, the first output of this effort, looks at the carbon stocks associated with areas identified as possible priorities to meet proposed global biodiversity conservation targets.
Authors: Xavier De Lamo (UNEP-WCMC), Martun Jung (IIASA), Piero Visconti, (IIASA, Guido Schmidt-Traub (SDSN), Lera Miles (UNEP-WCMC), Valerie Kapos (UNEP-WCMC)