To carbon or not to carbon

We have chosen CO2 as the primary measure for nearly everything related to the climate crisis from pollution to solution. What do we gain? Better communication and easier reporting of success and failure. What do we lose? An opportunity to utilize a holistic approach to tackle a complex issue, often resulting in crucial topics such as biodiversity being left behind.

Take for example, a potential REDD+ project that prioritizes fast-growing tree species for carbon sequestration while potentially sacrificing biodiversity, landscape heterogeneity, ecosystem services, etc. Is carbon and the climate emergency stealing attention from other pressing issues which, when considered more holistically, could also make significant contributions to adaptation and mitigation? Let’s discuss these key questions in this GLF Digital Summit “To carbon or not to carbon.” What other approaches are there to this carbon-centred dilemma?

Host: Youth in Landscapes Initiative

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Restoring Ecosystems, Reviving Hope

The restoration of forests and other natural ecosystems remains one of our most effective strategies for solving the climate and biodiversity crisis.  Though degradation is a systemic, pervasive phenomenon that undermines the well-being of 3.2 billion people – there is hope on the horizon.

The recently declared UN Decade on Ecosystem Restoration 2021-2030 is a way to mobilize people and communities to radically change their landscapes over the next 10 years. Join this conversation on how to beat the climate crisis through nature and get your questions answered by leading scientists and practitioners.

  • Why should we restore? Learn how the UN Decade on Ecosystem Restoration can be a catalyst to transform humanity’s relationship with nature.
  • Where are the best areas to restore? Hear from Dr. Thomas Crowther, Chief Scientific Advisor to UN Trillion Trees Campaign, and Dr. Jean-Francois Bastin from ETH Zurich on novel methodologies to explore global potential of tree restoration.
  • How do we prioritize restoration on a country-level? Explore how UN Food and Agriculture Organization (UN FAO) works with countries to identify suitable land for afforestation and reforestation activities for climate impact.

Introductory remarks by Mette Wilkie, Chief of Policy and Resources Division and Deputy Director of FAO

Host: UN Food and Agriculture Organization (UN FAO)



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