2015 Indonesia Forest Fire in the peatlands Ulet Ifansasti/Stringer

Mother Nature vs. Climate Change

The Paris climate agreement recognizes the role wetlands and other ecosystems play in limiting the amount of carbon in the atmosphere. As countries pursue strategies to meet their emissions-reduction targets under the agreement, they should restore and expand these powerful, natural tools in their own backyards.

MARRAKESH – Wetlands, forests, and oceans absorb and store carbon, which makes them a vital asset for countries pursuing the Paris climate agreement’s targets for reducing CO2 emissions. So how can we use them most effectively?

The Paris accord was concluded by 196 governments last December, and came into force earlier this month. Now, its signatories are meeting in Marrakesh, Morocco, for the annual United Nations climate change conference. Several conference events specifically focus on how countries can use natural systems to meet their CO2-reduction targets.

While the climate-change challenge is immense, so, too, is the opportunity to accelerate sustainable development and ensure a better future for everyone on the planet. Under the Paris agreement, governments have committed to reducing their carbon emissions drastically, in order to keep global warming below 2°C. The vast majority of signatory countries have already presented national action plans for achieving this goal, and these plans will become more ambitious over time.

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