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Cultivating a Rich Ecosystem of Natural Climate Solutions


July, 2021

Society is at the most critical stage yet in the pursuit to alleviate the global climate crisis. Science has clearly shown that we must reduce global greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 50% by 2030, and to net-zero by 2050, to keep global temperature rise below 1.5 degrees C, beyond which long-term damage may be irreversible.  

Many businesses, investors, governments, and NGOs have recognized the urgency of the situation, as well as the risk-reduction and business benefits of increased sustainability. This is driving some encouraging progress, but the consensus is that we must take more action, more swiftly, to meet these critical global targets.  

All available solutions must be used to reach these goals, and leading organizations have recognized that natural climate solutions (NCS), including forest restoration, agroforestry, regenerative agriculture, and others must play a key role in any organizational or global climate impact reduction strategy.  

This report from international sustainability consultancy Edge Environment highlights:

  • The tremendous, science-backed GHG emissions avoidance and reduction potential provided by NCS.
  • The leading NCS that should be a part of every organization’s climate impact reduction strategy, due to their near-term actionability, scale of impact reduction potential, and cost-effectiveness.
  • The critical next steps that NCS producers/sellers (farmers, etc.), buyers (businesses), investors, and influencers (NGOs, policy makers) should take to make NCS a value-generating part of their climate impact reduction strategy.  

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